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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

In October 2007, Molson Coors and SABMiller announced that they are merging their U.S. operations, to form MillerCoors.[1] SABMiller was the world's number three beer maker behind InBev and Anheuser-Busch. Its name came from the 2002 purchase by SAB (South African Breweries) of Miller Brewing. The company has operations in over 60 countries. It dominates beer sales in Africa with its brand Castle Lager. SABMiller also produces wine, liquor, and fruit drinks and bottles Coca-Cola products. Altria Group previously owned Miller Brewing and currently owns about 30% of SABMiller.[2]

The company has over 150 brands, some international and some local. Brands include Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewed in Italy, Carling Black Label, Lech, Snow, Pilsner Urquell, and Miller Beer. [3]

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Tobacco involvement

Miller Brewing was a unit of Philip Morris Co., circa 1994 (WSJ 5/31/94).

Miller Beer, sometimes known simply by the initials "MGD" (an acronym for Miller Genuine Draft) has large-scale operations based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Miller was a subsidiary of the Philip Morris (PM) tobacco company. Philip Morris (now Altria Group) bought Miller Beer on June 12, 1969 from the W.R. Grace chemical company for $130 million and still maintains an interest in the company. [1]

PM used its food and drink subsidiaries to help advance several corporate goals: 1) to help escape the stigma of being a cigarette manufacturer, 2) to allow the company continue to exert financial influence in places where donations, advertising or sponsorship from a tobacco company would be rejected, 3) to help the company generate clandestine grassroots pressure to oppose tobacco-related public health measures (for example, by pressuring the management and employees of food and drink subsidiaries to participate in phone banks and letter-writing campaigns) and to allow the company to portray itself publicly and to stockholders as "more than just a tobacco company." [2] page two

Political contributions

Miller Brewing gave $112,000 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 33% to Democrats and 67% to Republicans. [4]


The company spent $674,024 for lobbying in 2006. Two lobbying firms as well as in-house lobbyists were used.. [5]


Accessed September 2012: [6]


Key people: [7]

Selected board members: [8]

Contact details

1 Stanhope Gate
W1K1AF, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7659-0100
Fax: +44-20-7659-0111

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Emily Fredrix, Coors/SABMiller to Combine US Operations, Washington Post, accessed February 2008.
  2. SABMiller Profile, Hoovers, accessed August 2007.
  3. Brands, SABMiller, accessed August 2007.
  4. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed August 2007.
  5. SABMiller lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  6. SABMiller Board, organizational web page, accessed September 24, 2012.
  7. SABMiller Key People, Hoovers, accessed August 2007.
  8. Board of Directors, SABMiller, accessed August 2007.

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