SABMiller and Molson Coors in a US tie-up

SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company have announced a joint venture in the US, called MillerCoors. The move follows the speculation this week that US brewer Molson Coors had drawn predatory interest from SABMiller.

The new company is expected to improve the standalone operational and financial performance of both the Miller and Coors brand portfolio. It is hoped that the joint venture will combine brand portfolios and management teams and help it to better compete in the US market.

Molson Coors chief executive Leo Kiely will head the joint venture in the same capacity, and Miller chief executive Tom Long will be president and chief commercial officer. Molson Coors vice-chairman Pete Coors will chair MillerCoors, and SABMiller chief executive Graham Mackay will be the vice-chairman.

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