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).
[table caption="The World's Top 15 Beer Brands"]
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
[attr colspan="1"],[attr colspan="1"],Total [attr align="right"],489.6
Source: A-B InBev