Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients after pressure from food blogger

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's
biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of
Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.

The two companies on Thursday posted the ingredients of some of their
most popular brands, and promised to be more transparent in the
future. The announcements come a day after blogger Vani Hari posted a
petition on to get major brewers to list what's in their

Anheuser-Busch posted the ingredients for its two top-selling brands
on its website, . It lists the same ingredients
for Budweiser and Bud Light: Water, barley malt, rice, yeast and hops.
The company, which also makes Beck's, Busch and Michelob beers, said
it will list the ingredients for all of its other brands online "in
the coming days." It's the first time Anheuser-Busch has detailed the
ingredients of its beers.

MillerCoors posted the ingredients of Miller Lite, Coors Light and six
other brands on its Facebook page. Most are made from water, barley
malt, corn, yeast and hops, the company said.

"We also value transparency and are happy to comply with the request
for additional information," MillerCoors said in a statement. The
company says that consumers can call to ask what ingredients are in
their beer, and it will also put more information online "in the days
ahead." Its other brands in the U.S. include Peroni and Redd's Apple

Both companies said that they are not required to list ingredients,
but are doing so voluntarily because customers want it.

The online petition, started Wednesday by Hari, now has more than
44,000 signatures.

Hari has become a powerful voice in the food industry. She is the same
blogger who pushed sandwich chain Subway to remove an ingredient in
its bread that's also used in yoga mats. Subway has since removed that

She chose to petition beer makers because her husband drinks beer and
she wants to be able to see what she is buying.

Representatives from Anheuser-Busch invited Hari and her family to
visit its brewery in St. Louis and see how its beers are made. Hari
said she is working with the company to figure out a time to visit.

Anheuser-Busch is part of the world's largest brewer, Belgium-based
Anheuser-Busch InBev. MillerCoors is a joint venture owned by
London-based SABMiller PLC and Denver-based Molson Coors Brewing Co.

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