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Anheuser-Busch InBev Statement Regarding DOJ Action

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev Statement Regarding DOJ Action12:01 EST Thursday, January 31, 2013BRUSSELS, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Justice's action seeking to block the proposed combination between AB InBev (Euronext: ABI; NYSE: BUD) and Grupo Modelo is inconsistent with the law, the facts and the reality of the market place. On 29 June 2012, the companies announced an agreement under which AB InBev will acquire the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo that it does not already own. We remain confident in our position, and we intend to vigorously contest the DOJ's action in federal court. Given today's development, we no longer expect the deal to close during the first quarter of 2013. We will comment further once we have reviewed the DOJ filing.Transaction Website: www.globalbeerleader.com The enclosed information constitutes regulated information as defined in the Belgian Royal Decree of 14 November 2007 regarding the duties of issuers of financial instruments which have been admitted for trading on a regulated market.Disclaimer:This release contains certain forward-looking statements reflecting the current views of the management of Anheuser-Busch InBev with respect to, among other things, Anheuser-Busch InBev's strategic objectives. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. The ability of Anheuser-Busch InBev to achieve these objectives is dependent on many factors some of which may be outside of management's control. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they reflect Anheuser-Busch InBev's current expectations and assumptions as to future events and circumstances that may not prove accurate. The actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons including the risks described under Item 3.D of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 13 April 2012. Anheuser-Busch InBev cannot assure you that the future results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Anheuser-Busch InBev will meet the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements. Anheuser-Busch InBev disclaims any obligation to update any of these statements after the date of this release.Anheuser-Busch InBev Contacts:MediaInvestorsMarianne Amssoms Tel: +1-212-573-9281 E-mail: marianne.amssoms@ab-inbev.com               Graham StaleyTel: +1-212-573-4365 E-mail: graham.staley@ab-inbev.comKaren Couck Tel:  +32-16-27-69-65 E-mail: karen.couck@ab-inbev.com   Thelke Gerdes Tel: +32-16-27-68-88 E-mail: thelke.gerdes@ab-inbev.comLaura VallisTel: +1-212-573-9283E-mail: laura.vallis@ab-inbev.comChristina CaspersenTel: +1-212-573-4376E-mail: christina.caspersen@ab-inbev.com Steve Lipin / Stan Neve, Brunswick GroupTel: +1-212-333-3810About Anheuser-Busch InBevAnheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with an American Depositary Receipt secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD).  It is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies.  Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years and our portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers. We invest the majority of our brand-building resources on our Focus Brands - those with the greatest growth potential such as global brands Budweiser®, Stella Artois® and Beck's®, alongside Leffe®, Hoegaarden®, Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Hasseroder® and Jupiler®.  In addition, the company owns a 50 percent equity interest in the operating subsidiary of Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona® brand.  AB InBev's dedication to heritage and quality originates from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, with origins in St. Louis, USA since 1852. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, AB InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 116,000 employees based in 23 countries worldwide. In 2011, AB InBev realized 39.0 billion USD revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com.SOURCE Anheuser-Busch InBev