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AB InBev Pouring $1.5 Billion Into U.S. Infrastructure, Innovation Initiatives

June 24, 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced a major investment in its U.S. operations, revealing plans to boost capacity, innovation and sustainability with a $1.5 billion outlay from now through 2018. The total includes an estimated $850 million to be spent on expanding breweries and packaging facilities, $220 million on innovation projects and $720 million on sustainability and efficiency measures.

Infrastructure improvements in the investment plan include $150 million to raise output of Bud Light aluminum bottles, as well as $45 million to produce “slim” cans at AB’s Fort Collins, Colorado brewery. Meanwhile, $11 million is being devoted to the development and integration of new products like Bud Light Mixxtail and Tequila-inspired brew Oculto across multiple breweries.

AB InBev’s latest U.S. investment drive follows a period from 2011 through 2014 in which it injected $1 billion into its U.S. operations to introduce new packaging formats and launch new products such as the Bud Light Lime-a-Rita family and ciders under the Stella Artois and Johnny Appleseed brands.

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