Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed plans to invest around EUR15m (US$21.3m) in its operations in Bulgaria.

Local reports late last week claimed the brewer will spend the money on a new bottling line and a storage warehouse at its brewery in Haskovo in the south of the country.

Speaking to just-drinks, a spokesperson for the company said that EUR15m is "an approximate figure for the total investment in the Haskovo brewery for 2009 - not only for new equipment".

As well as the Haskovo site, A-B InBev also has a facility in Plovdiv. The two breweries produce brands including Staropramen, Becks, Stella Artois and Kamenitza, the top-selling beer brand in Bulgaria.

Last month, speculation suggested that A-B InBev was considering the divestment of some of its brewing concerns in Eastern Europe. The company declined to comment on the reports at the time.