A bid is expected for Holsten, according to reports from Germany. Carlsberg and Bitburger are to put in a joint bid, says German magazine Focus.

Holsten's main shareholder Christian Eisenbeiss has been offered €550m (US$659m) by the two companies, says Focus. According to the magazine,  Holsten currently has a debt of €300m.

The report also says that One Equity Partners is not interested in buying another German brewer thought to be on the market, Brau & Brunnen, anymore. HVB Group AG holds a majority stake in the brewer.