Senators express skepticism over big beer merger

Senate lawmakers want to ensure competition from local craft brewers isn't squandered by the proposed merger of the world's top two beer producers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a hearing Tuesday to examine Anheuser-Busch InBev's offer to buy SABMiller for over $100 billion.

"Wholesalers make decisions everyday on what brands to put on their trucks," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the committee's ranking member. "I want to make sure consumer choice not producer power drives that decision."

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