Anheuser-Busch is mulling whether to enter the fast-growing Indian beer market, according to the head of the US brewer's international operations.

Steve Burrows told just-drinks that India had "a lot of potential" in terms of low per capita beer consumption and the prospects for growth and said A-B had undertaken a review of how it could enter the market.

"We're hoping to put together an entry strategy there, a long-term growth strategy, although we haven't made a decision yet" he told just-drinks on Friday (7 April).

"We believe India has a lot of potential. We've been very busy in China but we can't lose sight of the fact that, for the long-term development of our business, we need to explore other markets."

Reports in India last month had linked A-B with talks with a number of local brewers, including Aurangabad Breweries in Maharashtra and Arlem Breweries in Goa. However, Burrows declined to comment on whether A-B had been in negotiations with Indian brewers or whether it was interested in bidding for Foster's Group's Indian operations.

He said: "As a big multinational brewer, you would expect us to be familiar with the various alternatives out there today but we haven't made any decision."

India's beer market is dominated by market leader United Breweries and SABMiller, which together control around 80% of the market.