11 American companies that are no longer American


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At one time, there was nothing more American than sipping on an ice-cold Budweiser or biting into a Whopper. But those days are gone.

Times have changed and some of America’s most famous brands have fallen into foreign hands.

We put together a list of the most surprising and popular consumer companies that are no longer able to truly call themselves American.

Take a look below:

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Budweiser

Current owner: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgian brewers

Don’t be fooled by Budweiser’s rebrand. The cans may say “America” on them, but this beer is now owned by a Belgian company.

The history of Budweiser dates back to the 1850s when a German, Adolphus Busch, moved to St. Louis and married the daughter of a local brewer, Eberhard Anheuser. The two became partners, but Busch eventually took over the business and created the light, crisp lager we have today. His brewery became the nation’s largest beer producer.

In 2008, the company was sold to Belgium beer conglomerate InBev for $52 billion.

Ben & Jerrys

Current owner: Unilever, Dutch-British consumer goods company

America’s iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s was started by best friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield after they purchased an old gas station and turned it into a scoop shop in 1978.

In 2000, the brand was bought by multinational consumer goods company Unilever for $326 million.

Burger King

Current owner: Restaurant Brands International, Canadian fast-food company

In 1954 James McLamore and David Edgerton opened a small hamburger shop called “Insta Burger King” in Miami, selling 18-cent hamburgers and milkshakes. Three years later, they dropped the “Insta,” added a gas grill, and created the signature “Whopper” burger.

In 1967, the duo sold the chain to the Pillsbury Company and …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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