Sometimes in China alcohol can be so insanely cheap that it’s hard not to wonder where it all comes from.
Well, recently three video clips making the rounds on WeChat have helped to shine light on at least one source, showing an underground factory in Dongguan which produced thousands upon thousands of fake cans of Budweiser each day before being busted by city authorities on May 5th.
In the first clip, female workers can be seen handling the recycled cans which are then canned by a machine on a conveyor belt in the next clip. It’s not clear why this process was filmed. A Trade and Industry Bureau task force arrives at the factory in the third clip to check out its impressive stockpile.
According to city authorities, the underground factory was able to churn out 600,000 crates of fake Budweiser a month, which were then distributed to bars and nightclubs.
For more than a decade, Budweiser has been working hard to establish itself as the “King of Beers” in the world’s largest beer market. By 2012, Anheuser-Busch had 15 breweries outside of the US, 14 of them in China, helping Budweiser become the country’s 3rd biggest beer brand by 2014, and a prime target for counterfeit breweries looking to make some easy money.
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