The Danish brewing group, Carlsberg Breweries, has announced that its Asian joint venture, Carlsberg Asia, has acquired 100% of the Chinese brewer, Dali Beer. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Dali is situated in the Yunnan province where it is the dominant force with a market share of 41%. Its flagship brand is Dali Canger and the company employs 750 people.

Per capita beer consumption of around 4.2 litres in Yunnan is well below the national average in China which Carlsberg believes augurs well for its new acquisition. "This provides great potential for growth in view of the fact that the average per capita beer consumption in China is 18 litres," the company said.

The Dali acquisition follows Carlsberg's purchase of the Kunming brewery, also in Yunnan province, earlier this year. Carlsberg now has a market share in the province of more than 50%.