Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors plan price hikes in fall

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors: price hikes in fallThe nation's top brewers said Tuesday they plan to raise prices this fall, even as some of their top brands are seeing sales volume drop.

Anheuser-Busch, maker of Bud Light and Budweiser, and MillerCoors, maker of Blue Moon and Miller Lite, both say they're going to raise prices.

But neither brewer would say how big the increases would be.

Pete Marino, a spokesman for MillerCoors, said the increases will be made on a local basis, depending on the market.

"Pricing has been very strong on the MillerCoors portfolio and we believe that we can take a moderate price increase in the fall," he said.

Price increases have been helping insulate revenue results for MillerCoors, a pairing of SABMiller's U.S. unit and Coors Brewing Co., from the increasing trend of consumers limiting their spending.

Anheuser-Busch said in a statement it plans on raising prices on a majority of its volume in the bulk of its markets this fall too, to cover some increases in its costs.

"The markets have been assessed, and we'll be acting on a by-market, by-brand and by-package basis," according to the statement from the company, the St. Louis-based North American unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev.