More SABMiller Brands to be Sold in Anheuser-Busch Merger

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to sell more of SABMiller's European beer brands in order to secure regulatory approval of the brewing giants' pending merger.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to sell more of SABMiller's European beer brands in order to secure regulatory approval of the brewing giants' pending merger.

The world's largest brewer on Friday announced the filing of plans with the European Commission to sell off SABMiller's remaining assets in central and eastern Europe.

The proposal, which would include operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, seeks to "proactively address potential regulatory considerations."

"These assets include a number of top brands in their markets and are expected to attract considerable interest from potential buyers," A-B InBev officials said in a statement.

A-B InBev plans to acquire SABMiller, its largest rival, for more than $100 billion in order to take advantage of the latter's holdings in emerging markets, but the companies are divesting major operations in order to appease antitrust regulators.

Asahi, Japan's largest brewer, recently finalized a purchase of SABMiller's large European brands Grolsch and Peroni, as well as London-based Meantime.

A-B InBev also plans to sell SABMiller's stake in the MillerCoors joint venture in North America and in Snow Breweries, China's largest.

The latest divestments in central and eastern Europe would take effect upon closing of the merger.

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