ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Anheuser-Busch has released a statement regarding a class-action lawsuit against the company.
Peter Kraemer, vice president of brewing and supply, says former employee Jim Clark "improperly used and misrepresented" confidential information for personal gain.
Kraemer says there was never a complaint filed regarding accusations of the company cutting the stated alcohol content by 3 to 8 percent.
NewsChannel 5's I-Team hired St. Louis Testing Labs to test the alcohol content of Budweiser and Coors beers in February.
The tests showed both beers contained their stated alcohol content of five percent.
Here is Kraemer's full statement:
"Jim Clark is a former employee, now a California lawyer, who is working with the lawyers who brought several class-action lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch. We believe Clark improperly used and misrepresented our confidential information to instigate these lawsuits, all for his personal gain. We will take all legal means to stop him.
"Our company has a formal process for employees to make complaints confidentially through a third-party, yet none was ever filed on this matter. We believe this was an orchestrated effort by Clark to misrepresent our processes and smear our company and brands, yet knowing fully that the company complies with all alcohol labeling laws and adheres to the highest standards in brewing.
"We don't disclose our recipes, intellectual property or other key competitive information, which are vital to our operation and competitiveness. Our employees understand this and sign agreements to protect information like this, which is standard in most companies.
"We would never compromise the quality or the taste of any of our beers for any reason. Producing the highest-quality beer is the basis for everything we do.
"The class-action lawsuits are groundless and the claims against Anheuser-Busch are completely false."