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This Bud's For Who???

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Budweiser's gone to the Belgians.

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The Prime Minister of Beers. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

But with InBev purchasing Anheuser-Busch (BUD) for $52 billion earlier this month, we can all say goodbye to the former king of U.S. beers. Budweiser's gone to the Belgians.

The buyout will effectively bolster InBev's position as the largest brewer in the world, producing about 357 million barrels a year. That's ahead of SABMiller, who produces about 200 million barrels a year.

While no one likes seeing the sale of an American icon, the global implications for Budweiser could be rather positive. In the United States, Anheuser-Busch captured nearly half of the market. But around the world, they had only an 11.5% share. With InBev at its back, Budweiser's global presence will undoubtedly increase.

With the rising cost of commodities, the buyout will also save both companies serious cash. Analysts expect the deal to save the companies about $1.5 billion a year by 2011. The initial impact on the psyche of St. Louis may be painful, but the long-term implications have their merits.

Of course, the buyout does beg the question: Is anything made in America anymore? Short answer? Not much. But there are a few things still proudly stamped "Made in the U.S.A."

For more on the future of Budweiser and U.S. manufacturing, join Hoofy and Boo for their always astute report.

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