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SABMiller PLC - Grolsch US importation rights

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  SABMiller PLC
  08 July 2008


8 July 2008


SABMiller plc completes acquisition of US importation rights for Grolsch


SABMiller plc announces that it has concluded an agreement with Anheuser-Busch
Inc. to transfer the US importation rights for the Grolsch brand to its US joint
venture, MillerCoors. The transfer will be effective from 1 August 2008 and in
addition to
Grolsch Premium Lager, the deal also incorporates the entire Grolsch portfolio,
including Grolsch Amber Ale, Grolsch Light Lager and Grolsch Blonde Lager.

In 2007, Grolsch imports into the US grew to approximately 215,000 hectolitres.
Imported beers have grown at nearly 10% p.a. for the last three years and now
make up 15% of the US beer market. (1)

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(1) Canadean Wisdom database


About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine
Draft, Peroni
Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market
leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest
bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.


In the year ended 31 March 2008, the group reported US$3,639 million adjusted
pre-tax profit and revenue of US$21,410 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment
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sold in the past, or on the yield on such securities, should not be relied upon
as a guide to future performance.

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