Budweiser owner Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Sh10.4 trillion (£79 billion) takeover of rival SAB Miller is set to go ahead after the shareholders of both firms approved the mega-deal.
The deal is expected to be completed on October 10 and will create the world’s largest beer firm.
Global regulators have already approved the deal, which AB InBev says will create “the first truly global brewer”.
The enlarged group – which will produce almost a third of the world’s beer – will take the AB InBev name.
The deal was agreed last year, but in July AB InBev was forced to raise its offer following a fall in the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote. AB InBev increased its offer by £1 a share to £45 a share.
AB InBev chief executive Carlos Brito said: “We are committed to driving long-term growth and creating value for all our stakeholders.”
SABMiller counts Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, and Grolsch among its stable of brands, while AB InBev produces Stella Artois, Corona, Leffe and Beck’s.
However, to get the deal past regulators, AB InBev has already agreed to sell SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands to Tokyo-based drinks company Asahi.
The takeover is expected to boost AB InBev’s prospects in developing markets in Africa and China, where a SABMiller joint venture produces Snow, the world’s best selling beer by volume. (BBC)