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Montana Ag Network: Super Bowl commercial sends two beer giants to court

Posted at 11:30 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 13:32:32-04

The Super Bowl commercial featuring Bud Light discrediting both Miller Light and Coors Light for using corn syrup during their brewing process is headed to court.

MillerCoors filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev seeking an immediate halt to the campaign. MillerCoors Media Relations Manager Marty Maloney said it’s false advertising meant to deceive customers and it misuses the Miller and Coors trademarks.

“We’ve always believed in transparency, which is why we were actually the first major brewer to put nutritional information and all our ingredients online,” said Maloney. “It’s fear mongering. It uses in many of its own beers, as a fermentation aid that’s not even present in the final product. This deliberate deception is bad for the entire beer category and we just want to let the world the truth.”

He said several factors played into their decision to sue Anheuser-Busch.

“One, the farming and agriculture community is rightfully very upset,” said Maloney. “Two, their sales have declined at an accelerated rate. And three, they can’t keep their story straight on why they launched this campaign to begin with which I think speaks to our original point, which is from the onset they were out there to mislead and stoke fear in consumers.”

As both beer giants head to court, MillerCoors seeks an injunction to stop Anheuser-Busch from continuing the ad campaign and is asking for a trial by jury and for defendants to pay its legal fees.

MillerCoors alleges Bud Light singled out its use of corn syrup because it found, using focus groups, that consumers don’t understand the differences between corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to obesity.

In a statement to CNN, Anheuser-Busch said it stands by its Bud Light ad campaign and called the MillerCoors lawsuit baseless.

-Reported by Russell Nemetz/MTN News

Courtesy of Anheuser-Busch