USA: AB InBev announces $2 billion investment program

In order to modernize plants, strengthen core brands and make production more flexible, AB InBev has announced to spend $2 billion in the United States over the next four years

 $500 million will be spend on several initiatives in its 21 breweries, in distribution, packaging and innovation. Most of the plants are still designed for the production of large quantities of lager and light lager beer and 12 major breweries across the country will be transformed to produce a broader range of products — including hard seltzers, sodas, flavored malt beverages and craft beers.

Another $82 million will be used to build a pair of distribution facilities near the breweries in Los Angeles, California and Columbus, Ohio.

Further investments include $28 million at the Fort Collins, Colorado brewery, $15 million at the Fairfield, California brewery, $11 million at the Merrimack, N.H. brewery, $10 million at the Baldwinsville, NY. brewery, $8 million at the Houston, Texas brewery and $7 million at the Columbus, Ohio brewery. Smaller amounts of money will also be used for the expansion of the 10 craft breweries.

“Today’s announcement is the next phase in a period of extensive, ongoing investment by Anheuser-Busch, with investments totaling $4.5 billion from 2011 to 2020,” the company said in a press release.

“Since Anheuser-Busch was founded 165 years ago, our company has been deeply rooted in America’s economic and cultural life. Our love of great beer and bringing people together is part of the American story,” said João Castro Neves, President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “We are making these investments in our business and the communities where we live and work, for the next 165 years.”

Currently 98% of all its beers sold in the United States is also produced here.

Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 21 local breweries, 21 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States.

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