SABMiller plc (LSE: SAB, JSE: SAB) is a global brewing and bottling company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second-largest brewing company measured by revenues (after Anheuser—Busch InBev) and is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola. Its brands include Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell. It has operations in 75 countries across Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America and sells 213 million hectolitres of lager per year.
Its primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The Company was founded in South Africa in 1895 as South African Breweries (SAB): the business operations were mainly limited to southern Africa, where it had established a dominant position in the market, until 1990 when it began investing in Europe.
After listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1999 to raise capital for acquisitions, the group purchased the Miller Brewing Company in North America from the Altria Group in 2002, and changed its name to SABMiller.
Following this, the group’s next major acquisition was of a major interest in Bavaria S.A., South America’s second largest brewer and owner of the Aguila and Club Colombia brands in 2005.