With Anheuser-Busch InBev rumored to have an interest in acquiring SABMiller and SABMiller trying to acquire Heineken, David Yanofsky for Quartz had a look at the structure of global beer distribution. The companies above, summing to six big beer distributors, accounted for half of the world’s beer sales, by volume.
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See also the network of beer brands and soda pop. And the bourbon family tree. And the much more dispersed wine industry.