AB InBev Considers Cannabis-Infused Drinks

Tilray and AB InBev team to examine the potential market for beverages containing cannabis in Canada.

AB InBev, the parent company of Budweiser, has joined forces with Canada’s Tilray to examine the potential of cannabis-infused beverages.

AB InBev and Tilray will invest a combined $100 million into the effort to gain an understanding about commercial opportunities in order to inform future decisions.

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The move comes as Canada, as well as many U.S. states, have legalized marijuana.

In a press release, the companies reported that the partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.

The research partnership combines AB InBev’s deep experience in beverages with Tilray’s expertise in cannabis products. AB InBev’s participation will be through its subsidiary Labatt Breweries of Canada, one of the country’s founding businesses and its leading brewery, and Tilray’s participation will be through its Canadian adult-use cannabis subsidiary High Park Company, which develops, sells, and distributes a portfolio of socially responsible cannabis brands and products in Canada. Each company intends to invest up to $50 million USD, for a total of up to $100 million USD.

“Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends. As consumers in Canada explore THC and CBD-infused products, our innovative drive is matched only by our commitment to the highest standards of product quality and responsible marketing. We intend to develop a deeper understanding of non-alcohol beverages containing THC and CBD that will guide future decisions about potential commercial opportunities,” said Kyle Norrington, president, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “We look forward to learning more about these beverages and this category in the months ahead.”

“We are delighted to be joining forces with a world-leading beverage company, AB InBev, to research how to create enjoyable cannabis beverage products. Tilray and AB InBev share a commitment to responsible product development and marketing, and we look forward to beginning our work on this important partnership as Tilray continues to pioneer the development of a professional, transparent, and well-regulated cannabis industry,” said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Tilray.

With strong track records of responsible product development and marketing in their respective industries, AB InBev and Tilray believe that the legal market for THC and CBD beverages will only thrive if the industry embraces appropriate regulation of adult-use cannabis, including responsible production, marketing, sale and consumption.