Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has this morning welcomed the agreed £68 billion takeover of brewing giant SABMiller by its rival AB InBev, in one of the biggest deals in corporate history.
AB InBev is a major employers in the Ribble Valley through its brewing site at Samlesbury which employs almost 300 people, and produces some of the world’s most recognisable beer brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s.
Speaking from Westminster this morning Mr Evans said: “I welcome the news that this deal looks to be going ahead. I firmly believe that it will secure the jobs currently at the Samlesbury site with the hope that the increased economies of scale will bring more jobs for our area. Ab InBev currently has around 300 of its 1,000 UK workforce at its site in the Ribble Valley and I would like to see this proportion rise after this deal.
“I recently took the opportunity to visit AB InBev Samlesbury to see for myself the world class brewing that has taken place there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 363 days a year for the past 43 years.
“This deal will ensure that AB InBev Samlesbury will continue to churn out its annual production of 440 million pints for many years to come.”
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans. (s)