A company managed to pull off a scam by producing fake Budweiser beer.
Recently, three video clips making the rounds on social media have helped to shine light on at least one source, showing an underground factory in Dongguan China, which produced thousands upon thousands of fake cans of Budweiser each day before being busted by city authorities on May 5th.
In the first video footage, female workers can be seen handling the recycled cans, which are then canned by a machine on a conveyor belt in the next clip. Then, a Trade and Industry Bureau task force arrives at the factory in the third clip to check out its impressive stockpile.
It is not yet clear why this process was filmed.
The underground factory was able to mix out 600,000 crates of fake Budweiser a month, which were then distributed to bars and nightclubs, according to city authorities.
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 third biggest beer brand by 2014, and a prime target for counterfeit breweries looking to make some easy money.
After the video spread all over the internet, many people voiced their disgust and concern after seeing the female workers in the video filling the beer by hand.
One woman was even seen throwing the Budweiser brand cans into a plastic container that was filled with beer and two other women placed their hands inside the beer, removed the cans and filled them with the liquid using their hands.
After the incident Anheuser-Busch Companies immediately release a statement that Budweiser consumed in America is brewed in America at one of their 12 U.S. breweries. Highlighting the company takes great care in every detail of its product and packaging. And that cheap counterfeits have telltale signs that they are fakes such as imperfect seals, improper date coding, product name and text that have errors, and poor quality packaging and graphics.