Bitburger Brauerei is interested in Holsten's mineral water operations, according to press reports. German daily Tagesspiegel reports today that the German company is considering acquiring the operations from Holsten's new owner Carlsberg.

Carlsberg, who launched a bid for Holsten yesterday, has been granted an option which provides Holsten with the right to sell its 65% shareholding in mineral water companies at an implied enterprise value of €159 million.

Tagespiegel cites Bitburger's CEO Michael Dietzsch in the report.

Bitburger Brauerei has already agreed to buy the breweries of König-Brauerei in Duisburg and Licher Privatbrauerei in Lich, both Holsten brands, from Carlsberg.