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.