ST. LOUIS, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expressed his appreciation for Anheuser-Busch's continued investment in the state and its commitment to local communities during a visit to the historic St. Louis brewery on Thursday afternoon. Governor Nixon met with several members of senior management, including Luiz Edmond, president of Anheuser-Busch InBev North America, and greeted new employees, many of whom relocated from other cities throughout the country to join the company.
"It is very clear that Anheuser-Busch is deeply committed to remaining a valued employer and partner in the state of Missouri," said Gov. Nixon. "I was very impressed by their recent investments in capital, the top talent they've attracted and of course, the high-quality beers they produce. Anheuser-Busch's contributions throughout their 160 -year history here have been invaluable to our state and I'm confident they will continue to be a great asset for many years to come."
Governor Nixon also shared his gratitude for the company's emergency drinking water donations following natural disasters and the brewer's work in setting the industry standard when it comes to alcohol responsibility programs.
"We appreciate Governor Nixon's support and are thankful for the time he took to learn more about our state-of the-art technologies, our world renowned beers and our top-notch people," said Edmond. "We appreciate the Governor's commitment to fiscal discipline and to working with the business community to make Missouri an attractive place for companies like Anheuser-Busch to grow and invest."
Nixon capped off his visit with a visit to Anheuser-Busch's newly minted Biergarten, for the time-honored tradition of the 3 o'clock beer tasting. This is the hour that Anheuser-Busch brewmasters from around the country taste beer each day to make sure it is of the highest quality and consistency.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.6 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.