Interbrew goes for Lion's share

Interbrew doubles its beer production capacity in China by buying a Malaysian tycoon''s China brewing assets.

Belgian beer multinational Interbrew has long prioritised China as a critical beer market and in the past year has expanded rapidly via acquisitions in key provinces see related articles.

Late Friday night it made its boldest acquisition to date, in a move that sees Interbrew almost double its brewing capacity from 12 million hectalitres to 22.6 million hectalitres. The acquisition catapults Interbrew to joint-third in China by volume with Yanjing.

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