Heady Topper points to beer business peak

November 13, 2014

The craze for this small-batch double IPA illustrates the potential for craft brewers to snaffle up both market and dollar share from Big Beer. That’s why AB InBev and others are on the prowl to buy indie brands. It’s great for drinkers, but makes for a very competitive dynamic.

U.S. trustbusting would make a great monopoly

November 26, 2013

The Justice Department is beating the pants off the Federal Trade Commission with pushback on AT&T, US Airways and AB InBev deals. The FTC has scored points protecting consumers. Leaving antitrust to DoJ would reduce costly overlap and let the agencies play to their strengths.

AB InBev deserves premium-strength rating

February 26, 2014

The Budweiser brewer seems to pump as much cash as beer out of the business. Latest results suggest its key markets may be improving too. Its well-oiled M&A machinery may flatter the underlying long-term reality. But it is hard to see why investors’ taste for the stock will wane.