Anheuser-Busch Settles Suit Over Hidden US Origin of Kirin Beer

By on January 9, 2015

Anheuser-Busch Cos. LLC settled a class action which alleged that the company misled consumers into believing that Kirin is an import beer from Japan even though Anheuser-Busch makes Kirin with domestic ingredients in the U.S.

Florida Judge John Thornton granted preliminary approval Dec. 17 to a settlement that will get Kirin purchasers up to $50 per household in reimbursement for Kirin they bought while thinking it was imported.

Pursuant to the settlement, consumers who purchased Kirin from Oct. 25, 2009, through Dec. 17, 2014, will receive up to $50 per household with proof of purchase. Reimbursement will be limited to $12 without proof of purchase.

In addition, Anheuser-Busch agreed to cease from marketing Kirin as imported beer and more clearly present the phrase: “Brewed under Kirin’s strict supervision by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles, CA and Williamsburg, VA” on Kirin beer bottles.

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