InBev merges with Anheuser-Busch

The world’s largest brewer was formed Tuesday when Brussels, Belgium-based InBev SA completed its $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

The new company, named Anheuser-Busch InBev, will be headed by InBev CEO Carlos Brito and will be headquartered at Leuven, Belgium, according to a news release.

Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis office will remain the company’s North American headquarters, but the takeover ends 150 years of family rule at Anheuser-Busch.

Stewart “Brother” Winburn, president and CEO of Macon-based Bibb Distributing Co., which is the Middle Georgia distributor for all Anheuser-Busch products, said he doesn’t expect to see any changes.

“I don’t think it has any effect on local operations,” Winburn said.

“I’m very, very excited to be working with InBev due to their global nature, and their ability and footprint enables them to see opportunities that perhaps a company based in the United States might not see.”

But he was sorry to see that none of the Busch family would remain involved in the daily operations.

Anheuser-Busch shares stopped trading Monday and will now be swapped for $70 each in cash.