Source: Anheuser-Busch InBev
In the latest escalation of the legal battle between Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, the Bud Light brewer accuses his rival of stealing secret recipes for his beers, including Michelob Ultra and Bud Light  MillerCoors, the US subsidiary of Molson Coors, filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch in March after its rival aired a Super Bowl commercial that spoiled Miller Lite and Coors Light for using corn syrup. In September, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Anheuser-Busch, preventing the beer giant from claiming its own products have "no corn syrup."
In an edited counterclaim filed Thursday, Anheuser-Busch claims that a former employee who now works at a MillerCoors brewery in Colorado received information from current Anheuser-Busch employees who violated confidentiality agreements the days before and after the Super Bowl. Some of his questions were about using corn syrup in the brewing process, claims Anheuser-Busch in the filing.
Senior executives from MillerCoors asked for the information, and CEO Gavin Hattersley was included in the email chains about the results, the application for the application.
MillerCoors has also allegedly produced documents showing recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra as part of the ongoing case against Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch believes that these recipes were prints of collapsed screens, taken out of its brewery and sent via text.
Anheuser-Busch's filing called these recipes "extra valuable," citing Bud Light's status as the best-selling beer in the United States and Michelob Ultra being the fastest growing.
"We will secure our right to reveal how high this can be achieved in the MillerCoors organization," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. "We take our business secrets seriously and will protect them fully in the law."
MillerCoor's spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement that Anheuser-Busch has lost three judgments in the case and is trying to distract from the fact that they misled American consumers.
"MillerCoors respects confidential information and takes all opposing claims seriously, but if the ingredients are a secret, why did they spend tens of millions of dollars to tell the world what is in Bud Light? And why are the ingredients printed on Bud Lights packaging with giant letters? "Collins said.