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This combination of Associated Press file photos show Budweiser beer in the aisles of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, and Constellation Brands Corona beers displayed at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif. The Justice Department on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, filed a lawsuit to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which would unite the ownership of popular beers like Budweiser and Corona.
This combination of Associated Press file photos show Budweiser beer in the aisles of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, and Constellation Brands Corona beers displayed at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif. The Justice Department on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, filed a lawsuit to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which would unite the ownership of popular beers like Budweiser and Corona.
(AP)

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Could AB InBev quench its thirst for M&A with SAB Miller?

A deal setback for Anheuser-Busch InBev may ironically hasten a last round of consolidation in beer. The U.S. Department of Justice opposes AB InBev’s $20-billion plan to buy out the other half of Grupo Modelo, the Mexican group behind Corona. The world’s largest brewer may yet find a workable compromise. But if not, an obvious plan B exists: the long-rumoured takeout of SABMiller.