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AmBev announces the distribution of dividends and IOC

NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

We hereby announce to the shareholders of Companhia de Bebidas das Américas - AmBev (“Company”) that, as indicated in the Minutes of the Board of Directors’ Meeting held on November 9, 2009, the members of the Company’s Board of Directors approved, based on the results for the period ended October 31, 2009, in accordance with the extraordinary balance sheet of the same date, the distribution of (i) dividends, to be attributed to minimum mandatory dividends for 2009, at R$1.48 per common share and R$1.628 per preferred share, without withholding income tax, pursuant to applicable law; and (ii) interest on own capital (“IOC”), to be attributed to minimum mandatory dividends for 2009, at R$0.54 per common share and R$0.594 per preferred share. The distribution of IOC shall be taxed pursuant to applicable law, which shall result in a net distribution of IOC of R$0.459 per common share and R$0.5049 per preferred share, except for legal entities exempt from withholding tax pursuant to Article 5 of Law 11,053/04, as amended by Law 11,196/05, which have confirmed such qualification by means of specific notice sent to the Company in view of the last payment of earnings on October 2, 2009. Shareholders who did not confirm such qualification, or who confirmed such qualification solely for the payment made on October 2, 2009, shall provide specific notice to such effect to Companhia de Bebidas das Américas − AmBev, Área de Ações, c/o Nilson Casemiro − Rua Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, n° 1.017, 4° andar, CEP 04530-001, São Paulo/SP, Brazil, by no later than December 10, 2009. In case such qualification is not received by then, income tax shall be withheld.

The aforementioned payments shall be made as from December 18, 2009, without any monetary adjustment, subject to the approval by the next Annual General Meeting. The record date shall be December 2, 2009 for Bovespa shareholders and December 7, 2009 for ADR holders. Shares and ADRs shall be traded ex-dividends as from December 3, 2009. The net amount to be distributed as dividends and IOC shall be of R$1.939 per common share and R$ 2.1329 per preferred share.

SERVICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

Shareholders who have already indicated a bank account shall have their credits available at the informed account. Shareholders who have not provided such indication shall receive from Banco Itaú S.A., as Depositary, at their stated address, a notice containing information with respect to the payment. Such notice shall be presented at one of Banco Itaú’s branches along with the appropriate deposit instructions. Shareholders who hold their shares under a
fiduciary custody arrangement shall have their proceeds available according to procedures adopted by the appropriate stock exchange.

São Paulo, November 9, 2009.


Companhia de Bebidas das Américas − AmBev
Nelson José Jamel
Investor Relations Officer

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