According to UK newspaper the Financial Times, InBev is poised to bid for the St Louis-based Anheuser-Busch. It is suggested, however, that InBev would not be interested in operating the company’s parks division, which accounts for around seven per cent of AB’s $19bn annual revenue.

With 22.3 million visitors to its facilities in 2007, Busch Entertainment is the world’s fifth biggest park chain. Flagship park Busch Gardens Africa in Florida, with over 4.4 million visitors last year, is in the top 20 best attended parks globally.