Wow, that sucks. I wonder what that means for all the people employed by Anheuser-Busch
Most people won't get laid off. I imagine their current, oppressive* cost-cutting policies will remain in effect, which will make quality of work decrease. Overall, though, the people who should be the most worried here in St. Louis are the white collar workers. Overhead can easily be centralized, so I would expect a consolidation that results in layoffs in that area of the company. I'm glad I got out of Finance a couple years ago. This could really dilute the local market.
Personally, we're looking at the silver lining here. We've already had a meeting this morning to discuss how we can go about contacting their web analysts to see if we can get them to jump ship. We've been trying to hire WAs for over a year, and we've managed to get exactly 1 that had actual experience in the field. Their greed could work out well for us.* - Nationally, they'll talk about trimming benefits and buyouts, but locally, they've reported much more ridiculous "cost saving" measures. For instance, one story I heard on KMOX was that AB employees have to return their old, empty ink pen if they want to get another one from the supply closet. Craziness.