U.S. Beer Market Share By Company

beermugThe $80.0 billion dollar U.S. beer market  is highly concentrated with few companies sharing the market. Recently the U.S. Justice Department has filed a suit trying to block Belgium-based  Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $20.3 billion takeover of Grupo Modelo of Mexico. The department argues that the merger would stifle competition and hurt consumers.



Here is a quick over view of the industry. The top five brands by volume in 2011 were:

  1. Bug Light
  2. Coors light
  3. Budweiser
  4. Miller Lite
  5. Natural Light

Source: Beer Insights

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. beer market share is split by the following companies:

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev – 39% of the total market
  • MillerCoors – 26%
  • Grupo Modelo – 7%
  • Heineken – 6%
  • Other – 22%

AB InBev is the world’s largest beer company owing 250 labels including many of the world’s leading brands such as Budweiser, Bud light, Beck’s, Corona, Skol, Brahma and Stella Artois (Source: The Plot to Destroy America’s Beer, Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Three of the above publicly-traded firms are listed below with their current dividend yields:

1.Company: Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.69%

2.Company: Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. (GPMCY)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.91%

3.Company: Heineken NV (HEINY)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.53%

Note: Dividend yields noted are as of Feb 4, 2013

Heineken NV is based in The Netherlands. From under $40 in mid 2009, BUD has soared to reach around $90 now.

Disclosure: No Positions

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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