Brewers Association Files Additional Brief on ABI-SAB Merger

The Brewers Association (BA) has filed an amicus brief in federal District Court, asserting that: 1) The Proposed Final Judgment (PFJ) relating to Anheuser-Busch InBev’s acquisition of SAB Miller does not adequately protect the public from anticompetitive practices by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) in the distribution of beer; 2) As currently written, the subjective and ambiguous language in the PFJ allows ABI to retain control over distributors to the detriment of distributor freedom and free competition in the market; 3) The resolution of this case should only occur when the public’s interest is protected by addressing ABI’s anticompetitive control over its independent distributors; 4) BA asks that the Court hold a hearing, at which BA can participate, to: (a) determine if the PFJ fulfills the statutory obligation of fully restoring competition; (b) resolve ambiguities; and (c) clarify the parameters of the PFJ and receive assurances of strict enforcement of the PFJ.

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Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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