Here is more context after today’s announced deal in which A-B InBev will buy the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion. The deal is the second-largest in beer industry history only to InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch in 2008 for $52 billion.
A-B InBev, once approved, would take the reigns of an additional thirteen brands including Corona, “the #1 Mexican beer sold in the world,” Modelo Especial, Victoria, Pacifico and Negra Modelo. Plato Logic reports that Grupo Modelo sold nearly 32 million hectoliters of Corona in 2010, giving A-B InBev its eighth out of the world’s fifteen top-selling beer brands.
Below is the data from UK-based research firm, Plato Logic, for 2010 (2011 data unavailable).
|Rank||Brand||Company||Sales in MM HL|
|2||Bud Light||A-B InBev||55.6|
|5||Tsingtao||Tsingtao Brewery Group||35.1|
|8||Beijing Beer||Asahi Breweries||30.5|
|10||Coors Light||Molson Coors||25.5|
Source: A-B InBev