Bud Light and Miller Lite are usually engaged over battle for light beer supremacy. But right now they're locked in a battle over corn syrup.
The drama began during Super Bowl Sunday when Bud Light put out two commercials promoting that they do not use corn syrup in their beer. This obviously implies that Miller Lite and other competitors do use corn syrup and that Bud Light is therefore healthier than other light beers.
Miller Lite then responded with a blog post to discuss the whole issue. They noted that Miller Lite has fewer calories and fewer carbs than Bud Light. They also pointed out that almost all beer makers use corn syrup in the brewing process. But that the corn syrup they use is dextrose, not high fructose corn syrup that most people know is pretty bad for you. They also said that the corn syrup is only in the brewing process and isn't in the final product. Miller Lite posted a tweet after the game noting that surveys say more people say Miller Lite tastes better than Bud Light, but it's since been deleted.
Then Miller Lite went a step further and bought a full-page ad in the New York Times where they discussed their use of corn syrup, as they did in the blog post. But then they mentioned that Anheuser-Busch, the company that makes Bud Light, uses corn syrup and even the dreaded high fructose corn syrup in some of their products. A spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch did confirm that they use corn syrup in other beverages.
Bud Light responded to the front page ad with a tweet trying to de-escalate the situation:
Miller Lite wasn't the only company upset about the ad. The National Corn Growers Association said they were disappointed in Bud Light for the ad.
Bud Light should've just stuck with the Dilly Dilly commercials this year.