Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) has said it is "too premature" to say how the integration of certain Vietnamese brewing assets will affect local jobs in the country.

The Tiger Beer brewer told just-drinks today (23 March) that it is awaiting approval from the Vietnamese government for its plans in the fast-growing beer market.

APB is planning to transfer the capital from its recently-acquired Da Nang and Tien Giang breweries into local venture Vietnam Brewery (VBL). APB, which holds a 60% stake in VBL, bought the two breweries from Foster's Group last year in a deal worth US$105m.

APB said the move is part of its "on-going integration exercise to maximise synergies in Vietnam" since the acquisition of the Foster's business.

In January, APB secured another acquisition in Vietnam through its VBL venture. APB bought local rival Quang Nam Brewery (QNB) through a venture with local firm Quang Nam Electric Construction Co.

Dutch brewing giant Heineken owns a 42% stake in APB, its partner in making headway into emerging markets.