Interbrew set to acquire Ukraine brewer

Belgian giant seeks to strengthen hold in Eastern Europe

Sept 6, 2000 - Belgium's Interbrew, the world's second-biggest brewer, is in talks to buy AT Pyvzavod Rohan, a brewery in Ukraine.


"We are looking at this opportunity," said Interbrew Spokesman Corneel Maes. "Eastern Europe is one of the areas we are concentrating on," Maes said.

The acquisition would strengthen Interbrew's activities in Ukraine, where it already owns breweries Chernigov, Mykolayiv and Simseropol. Ukraine's Anti-Monopoly Committee should decide by mid-month whether to allow SUN Interbrew Ltd., which was created last year from Russia's Sun Brewing Ltd. and Interbrew, to buy 80% of Rohan, Interfax-Ukraine.

Earlier this year, Interbrew bought the Bass brewing unit and Whitbread beer business, although those deals need the sanction of Britain's Office of Fair Trading before they are finalized.

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