The great Budweiser-ization of the global beer market

How big beer-brewing companies keep getting bigger

In the dystopia of the future, we will buy everything from Amazon, Facebook will be the internet, and the world will drink nothing but Budweiser.

Or that's how it will play out if Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev has anything to say about it. The company — often referred to as AB InBev — is the home of brands like Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois. And on Tuesday, it inked an initial deal to buy its British rival, SABMiller, adding the likes of Miller Lite, Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Pilsner Urquell, and Grolsch to its arsenal. The combined beer-making behemoth would control just over 30 percent of the world market by volume, and almost 60 percent of global profits in the industry.

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