Anheuser-Busch wins latest round of corn syrup court fight

Anheuser-Busch can use advertising and packaging implying that other beers contain corn syrup, a federal appeals court ruled. That reversed a previous decision ordering Anheuser-Busch to stop claiming rival Molson Coors makes beers using corn syrup, the Associated Press reports.

The brewer has used advertising and packaging to highlight Bud Light being brewed without corn syrup. Ads suggested the same was not true of rival beers.

Molson Coors sued in March 2019, saying that Anheuser-Busch’s advertising was “false and misleading.”

Molson Coors uses corn syrup during the fermentation of Miller Lite and Coors Light, but there is no corn syrup in the final product.

A three-judge panel ruled that it’s up to the consumer, not the courts, to decide which beer is best.

“If Molson Coors does not like the sneering tone of Anheuser-Busch’s ads,” the court’s decision read, “it can mock Bud Light in return.”


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