Snapshot: Molson Coors Brewing Co.

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Snapshot: Molson Coors Brewing Co.

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peter swinburn
MolsonCoors CEO Peter Swinburn

HQ: Company claims dual executive offices in Denver, Colorado and Montreal, Quebec

2008 Annual Sales: $6.7 billion (gross revenue)

Major Brands: Approximately 40 beer brands; Most popular brands are Coors, Coors Light, Molson Canadian, and Carling


  • Operates 18 breweries throughout North America and Europe
  • Operates and distributes its products in more than 30 countries
  • Its joint venture with SABMiller, forming MillerCoors LLC, created second largest U.S. brewer
  • Established joint venture to import, distribute and market the Modelo brand portfolio in all Canadian provinces and territories
  • Formed joint venture with Cobra Beer to brew and market Cobra in the UK and global markets worldwide (Molson Coors UK holds 50.1% share of the joint venture)
  • Established partnership with Heineken Ireland to brew, market, and sell Coors Light

Workforce: 14,500 employees

CEO Compensation 2008: Peter Swinburn - $746,963 plus all awards and other compensation; total compensation approximately $6 million

Beer Market Share (December 2008): World's fifth largest brewer

  • 11 percent in United States
  • 42 percent in Canada

2008 Annual Report (on Form 10-K)

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When Molson and Coors brewing companies joined forces, the world’s fifth top brewing firm was born. With separate histories of questionable and downright discriminatory marketing and business practices, this merged U.S.-Canadian beer corporation is now poised to peddle its beers in more than 30 markets throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. With its expanding global reach, and its bottling, canning and transportation holdings, Molson Coors has built the “operational scale and financial resources to become a consolidator in the global brewing industry.” What remains to be seen is whether Molson Coors will be a good corporate citizen, or continue to engage in the maligned business practices it employed before the merger.