Anheuser-Busch is best known as North America's King of Beers, as a result of its Budweiser and Michelob brands. But in a shock development in 2008, this American icon was acquired by Belgian-Brazilian rival InBev for a whopping $52bn. That deal created a mammoth new business, the world's largest brewer by a considerable margin. The combined company now operates under the name AB InBev, although its main US subsidiary is still known as Anheuser-Busch. It remains the clear leader in the US beer market, with more than 46% market share. Until recently, the business was also one of the largest theme park operators in the US (with Busch Gardens and Seaworld, among others), as well as as the #2 manufacturer of aluminium containers. The Seaworld business was sold in 2009, and the group has gradually reduced its exposure to materials manufacturing and recycling. See also:
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