Friday marked one decade since the 2008 announcement that Belgian beer giant InBev was buying Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based brewery. And, 10 years on, some of the statistics are sobering.
The St. Louis brewery still brews lots of beer — about 13 million barrels annually, the most of any of A-B InBev’s 12 U.S. breweries. And its parent company, A-B InBev has continued to grow into a more dominant force in the global beer market.
But in some ways, St. Louis has been left behind. The company employs about 3,300 employs in the city today, down from 5,200 in late 2007 and 6,200 at the turn of the century.
The brewer’s charitable giving in the city has declined, to an average of about $5 million over the last 10 years from $13 million in 2007, the year before the acquisition.
And the St. Louis brewery is no longer the center of the beer world, with key corporate functions having been shipped to other locations in the decade since the deal.
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