Birra Castello is reported to have shown an interest in acquiring its rival Birreria Pedavena.

Reports in the Italian press said that the interest by Castello was in line with its strategy to expand into the northeast of the country.

Castello is not alone in looking at Pedavena, the reports said. Swedish brewery Kopparbergs Bryggeri and Italian brewer Tarricone are also thought to be amongst potential suitors.