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The company grew quickly, and by the 1920s it was the most popular beer brand in Buenos Aires. Since then, it has become something of a national symbol and has 75% of the beer market share in Argentina. It sponsors the Argentina national football team, and the colours of its labels are Argentina's light blue and white.
As of 2005, Quilmes has plants in Quilmes, Zárate, Tres Arroyos, Corrientes, Tucumán, and Mendoza. It is also exported to Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, United States, Spain, Israel, Dominican Republic, France, UK, Italy, Australia, and several other countries. It sells a yearly total of around 17 million hL of beer and 8 million hL of soft drinks and other products.
QUINSA[edit source | edit]
The international company Quilmes Industrial S.A. (QUINSA) is a Luxembourg-based holding that controls Quilmes and franchises PepsiCo's products, including Gatorade and Tropicana, in Argentina and Uruguay. QUINSA owns 30% of Quilmes, with 53% of the voting rights within the corporation.
In 2002, Brazilian company AmBev bought 37.5% of Quilmes S.A. in an agreement that gave AmBev control of the Quilmes brand in Argentina. The merger of the two companies created, for a brief time, the world's third-largest beverage producer.
In 2006 AmBev increased its share of the company to over 91%, effectively taking full control of the Quilmes name.
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- Official site (in Spanish)
- Current activities (in Spanish)
- Quilmes' History (in Spanish)
- QUINSA (in English)