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Bud continues to invest in B'ville brewery

— Anheuser-Busch has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its breweries and other facilities nationwide to support the growth of its brands and reinforce its commitment to local U.S. communities where it operates.

This includes ongoing improvements to the Lysander brewery where A-B has invested $27 million to increase brewing capacity, add new packaging lines and upgrade wastewater treatment process.

The $1 billion in capital expenditures also include resources spent or committed in 2011 toward projects to further modernize brewing processes, upgrade systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and install equipment for new products and innovations, among other items, with additional allocations being made for projects through 2014.

“Our beer brands are the favorites of millions of U.S. adults, and supporting their growth requires an ongoing commitment to quality, innovation and technologically advanced operations,” said Luiz Edmond, president of Anheuser-Busch InBev North America. “Our employees, local leaders and communities where we operate are a part of our success, and we are pleased to make business investments that are good for all of our stakeholders.”

Future investments will continue Anheuser-Busch’s long-standing commitment to continuous process improvements in its operations.

Other projects launched since 2010 include:

$60 million invested in the company’s historic St. Louis brewery for various improvements, including a utilities overhaul to conserve fuel, electricity and water.

$34 million for upgrades at the Houston brewery, including a project that allows expanded production by an additional 500,000 barrels per year. The capital investments also help the facility, which runs on 70 percent renewable energy, further reduce its environmental footprint.

$34 million to introduce packaging and brand innovation in Cartersville, Ga. Other brewery upgrades improve efficiencies and environmental impact, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

$30 million in capital investments at the Los Angeles brewery for various projects, including environmental modifications to reduce the amount of fiberboard required for packaging and updated energy efficient lighting.

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