Budweiser owners buy The Fat Jewish’s Babe Wine
This bubbly rosé is for you? The owner of Budweiser is buying a wine company that’s popular with social media-obsessed Millennials.
Anheuser-Busch InBev said Friday it is buying Babe Wine, the company co-founded by popular Instagram influencer Josh “The Fat Jewish” Ostrovsky and brothers David Oliver Cohen and Tanner Cohen, the writers behind the Babe Walker @whitegrlproblem Twitter account.
AB InBev did the deal through its ZX Ventures arm. ZX Ventures first bought a minority stake in Babe Wine last year.
Babe Wine has become popular thanks to the social media prowess of Ostrovsky and the Cohen brothers. The three will continue to lead Babe after the deal is completed.
“We have a dream to make Babe into America’s #1 wine, and A-B has the vision, the capabilities, the people and the network to help us get there,” said David Oliver Cohen in a statement.
Babe, which sells its pinot grigio, rosé and red wines in cans, refers to itself on its website as “the official wine of daydrinking” and says that Babe “is the cute, delicious, take-anywhere wine in a can that pairs well with literally everything.”
Terms of the purchase were not disclosed but a source close to the deal said it is AB InBev’s biggest investment in wine to date.
The acquisition is the latest move by AB InBev to diversify as sales of its mainstream Budweiser and Bud Light beers have stagnated in the United States. Younger drinkers are more interested in craft brews as well as premium whiskeys, vodka and other spirits.
AB InBev is partnering with Keurig Dr Pepper on a machine called Drinkworks, essentially a Keurig machine with beverage pods for cocktails. The company also owns Bon <>& Viv Spiked Seltzer and it bought Cutwater Spirits, which makes whiskey, vodka and gin, earlier this year./p