Carlsberg may build a new brewery in Ukraine via its Baltic Beverages Holding subsidiary.

Carlsberg is considering building a brewery in the country, but "nothing has been decided", a spokesperson for the brewer told just-drinks today (10 December).

Ukraine is the second largest beer market, behind Russia, in the former Soviet Union bloc of countries covering Eastern Europe and parts of Asia.

Carlsberg operates there via Baltic Beverages Holding and its Russian Baltika beer brand has a 30% share of the country's premium beer market. Baltic Beverages Holding has a 24% share of the total Ukraine beer market.

In 2008, per capita beer consumption in Ukraine reached 64 litres, according to Carlsberg.

"Compared to neighboring countries, this is relatively small figure and considerable further increase is still expected," the Denmark-based brewer says on its website.