Belgium brewer InBev made a $46.3 billion cash bid for Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewer in the United States, late Wednesday. If successful, the deal would push InBev, the brewer of Stella Artois, Beck's and Brahma, back into the number one position in world brewing.
Here is a list of the world's leading brewers by volume of beer sold in 2007 before taking into account any potential InBev-Anheuser deal.
2007 2006 Brewing company Country Volume Share Volume
SABMiller Britain 231.7 13.1 209.7 InBev Belgium 225.6 12.8 215.2 Heineken Netherlands 164.0 9.3 130.5 Anheuser-Busch U.S. 150.7 8.5 146.8 Carlsberg Denmark 120.0 6.8 77.8 Molson Coors Canada/US 58.4 3.3 49.5 Modelo Mexico 50.9 2.9 49.3 Tsingtao China 50.4 2.9 45.4 Beijing Yanjing China 41.1 2.3 35.7 FEMSA Mexico 39.5 2.2 37.7
* Volumes for the MillerCoors U.S. joint venture, approved by U.S. authorities last week, have been allocated 50-50 between SABMiller and Molson Coors, while Anheuser-Busch's figures exclude its 50.2 percent stake in Modelo.
Volume - Global beer volumes in million hectoliters.
Share - Global market share in percentage terms.
SOURCE - Plato Logic Limited.
(Reporting by David Jones; Editing by David Cowell)