Follows previous investment of $1 billion from 2011 to 2014 and will drive innovation, environmental advances
ST. LOUIS (June 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it will invest more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. These investments will support growth of its brands and reinforce the beer company’s commitment to the U.S. communities where it operates through local spending and jobs. The leading beer company plans to spend an estimated $850 million on brewery and packaging expansion projects, $220 million on product innovation initiatives and $720 million in sustaining and increasing efficiency of its existing footprint.
“Our beers lead their categories because we hold quality at the center of every beer we produce and invest in our brands through talented people, new innovation and advanced operations,” said Joao Castro Neves, president of Anheuser-Busch InBev North America. “We have demonstrated commercial success from recent investments which increases opportunity for future projects. When we make investments in our local communities it is good for all stakeholders, including employees, local legislators and community leaders – they are critical to our success.”
From 2011 through 2014, Anheuser-Busch invested more than $1 billion across U.S. operations. These capital expenditures included resources to maintain state-of-the-art brewing processes, advance environmental projects, and install equipment for new products and innovations. During this time, Anheuser-Busch introduced several new products, expanding its presence in the flavored malt beverage (FMB) and cider categories and driving consumer interest in new packaging of its core brands, including:
Investments to modernize and add equipment at brewery and can plant facilities ensured the beer company could deliver these innovations. In addition, the U.S. facilities focused on continuous improvement and increasing efficiency.
“Upholding our high-quality brewing standards requires significant financial commitment for equipment, technology and skilled people,” said Pete Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch. “In addition to investing in operations, we contribute to our local communities through environmental sustainability initiatives that drive our water conservation, energy savings, and recycling efforts.”
In 2015, several projects are underway, including:
Future spending plans are based on no new or increased taxes or unforeseen events that would negatively impact Anheuser-Busch’s business. The expenditures are consistent with Anheuser-Busch InBev’s 2015 net capital expenditures guidance.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 46.4 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 16 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.9 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
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