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Interbrew's headquarters in Breda
|Wholly owned subsidiary of AB InBev|
Having its roots in Leuven, Interbrew was formed in 1987 when Brouwerij Artois, the Flemish brewers of Stella Artois (established before 1366) merged with Walloon-based brewer Piedboeuf. International expansion began when Interbrew acquired the notable Canadian brand Labatt. The transaction also included Labatt's assets, which included the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club, the Toronto Argonauts football club, and The Sports Network (the latter being immediately resold to NetStar Communications due to Canadian media ownership regulations).
In 2004, Interbrew merged with Brazilian brewer AmBev to form InBev, which at the time became the largest brewer in the world by volume, with approximately 14% global market share. Before the merger with AmBev, Interbrew was the third largest brewing company in the world by volume and AmBev was the world's fifth largest brewer. In 2008, InBev further merged with American brewer Anheuser-Busch to form Anheuser-Busch InBev (abbreviated AB InBev). Interbrew is now a division of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV since the latter acquired SABMiller in October 2016. In October 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired SABMiller and remains the largest brewer in the world.
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