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Budweiser Watered Down? The ‘King of Beers’ Maker Doesn’t Think So

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 27, 2013 Last Updated: February 28, 2013
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Budweiser watered down: Multimillion dollar Lawsuits have been filed against Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, for allegedly watered down beers.

Bottles of Anheuser-Busch Budweiser and Grupo Modelo, Modelo beers are displayed at the Chandi Wine and spirits store on Jan. 31, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Bottles of Anheuser-Busch Budweiser and Grupo Modelo, Modelo beers are displayed at the Chandi Wine and spirits store on Jan. 31, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The maker of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, is faced with a several million dollar class-action lawsuit, which is accusing the firm of watering down the “King of Beers” to boost profits. But the company has rejected such claims this week, saying they are “groundless.”

The world’s largest beverage company “adds additional water to produce beers with significantly lower alcohol content than is represented on the product labels, and depriving consumers of the value they paid for,” reads a press release from the Mills Law Firm, which is based in California.

And it allegedly engages in watering the beer down while employing “some of the most sophisticated process control technology in the world to precisely monitor the alcohol content at the final stages of production,” the release reads.

The lawsuit accuses Anheuser-Busch, a core subsidiary of ABInBev, of violating consumer protection laws in California and in Missouri over the alleged practice.

Plaintiff Nina Giampaoli said, “I think it’s wrong for huge corporations to lie to their loyal customers--I really feel cheated. No matter what the product is, people should be able to rely on the information companies put on their labels.”

The lawsuit is said to be based on allegations made by former staff members and former brewery workers.

It also claims that Anheuser-Busch has watered down other brands, including Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, and Michelob.

Peter Kraemer, the vice president of brewing and supply for Anheuser-Busch, told AP: “The claims against Anheuser-Busch are completely false and these lawsuits are groundless.”

“Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws,” he said. “We proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beers, which have made them the best-selling in the United States and the world.”

Bloomberg News reported that the firm was also sued in Philadelphia for watering its beers down. In all, the company faces three separate lawsuits over watery beers, seeking damages exceeding $5 million.

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