Asia Pacific Breweries has confirmed it is looking to increase its presence in India, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

The brewer currently has two breweries in India, one in Maharashtra, central India, while the second, greenfield brewery will open shortly in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The company, a joint venture between Heineken and Fraser & Neave, was responding today (22 April) to reports that it is looking to establish a brewery of its own or hoping to buy an existing one in north India.

Vivek Chhabra, regional director for south Asia and director of group business development at APB, was cited in a report late last week as saying: "We desire to have a brewery in north India especially in Punjab, Harayana or Rajasthan. There is no timeline set for it as we are not in a hurry."

When contacted by just-drinks, however, Chhabra said: "Consistent with its objective to increasingly gain a stronger foothold in the Indian beer market, particularly in the regions which we are not present in or where present good opportunities, APB will continue to seek growth through organic and strategic acquisition alliances or greenfield projects.

"We shall announce details of such plans at an opportune time," Chhabra concluded.