Budweiser watered down? That is what a lawsuit is now claiming. The suit claims that Budweiser is watered down, but also that it is being done with Michelob and other brands by Anheuser-Busch. According to a report from Tuesday (Feb. 26), lawsuits have been filed in several states by consumers and former employees arguing that the alcoholic content in the beers isn't as high as the company is claiming.
The information that has served as the basis for the lawsuit apparently comes from former employees at the company itself. This might even include some employees that had very high-level positions at one or more of the 13 U.S. breweries that the company owns. It certainly doesn't bode well for the company from a public relations standpoint and it could get even worse if these suits make it to a trial.
The lead lawyer in the case (Josh Boxer) states that the beer is getting watered down when, "excess water is added just before bottling and cuts the stated alcohol content by 3 percent to 8 percent." It sounds pretty bad if any of these allegations turn out to be true, especially because this process would cut costs and allow Anheuser-Busch to make bigger profits.
The response from the beer company is about what is expected, as they state that the claims are "groundless." The company released a statement which reads, "Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws. We proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beers, which have made them the best-selling in the U.S. and the world."
Whether or not Budweiser is watered down, the company is going to take a hit as this information spreads around the internet. The company will have to defend this suit and will also likely have to take steps to ease the fears of the public.
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