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Anheuser-Busch proposes merger with Miller’s parent

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Two potent rivals for dominance of restaurant beer lists would become one bidder if Anheuser-Busch InBev succeeds in a proposed takeover of SABMiller in a deal likely to exceed $75 billion.

Media statements from both parties confirmed that an acquisition offer was made by the A-B parent, but terms were not disclosed. Speculations on the price have been based largely on the capitalization value of SABMiller. Combined, the two companies would have a market value of about $270 billion.

The beer brands produced and distributed by the two companies are familiar offerings in casual restaurants. A-B is the brewer of Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob and such craft brews as the Goose Island and Blue Point lines.

SABMiller’s beers include Miller, Miller Lite and such craft selections as Leinenkugel.

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