New Anheuser-Busch owner scales back donation -

New Anheuser-Busch owner scales back donation

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The new owner of Anheuser-Busch has drastically reduced its contribution to a charity that helps disabled children.

Jan Albus is executive director of Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis. Albus tells KMOX the charity formerly received $150,000 from Anheuser-Busch, but received $30,000 this year from the company now known as Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Belgium-based InBev SA bought Anheuser-Busch in late 2008.

In a statement, Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock did not address the size of individual donations but noted the company has provided Variety more than $2.7 million over the years.

Peacock also says Anheuser-Busch allocates donations based on where the company believes the money can be put to the best use in any given year. He says that sometimes means giving larger grants to fewer organizations, to help additional recipients over time.

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