South Asia Breweries is looking to build two new breweries in India, which would be operational in mid-2008.

Both breweries will manufacture the Carlsberg brand, which was launched in the country two months ago, as well as the Polish brand Palone.

"The two new plants will be in Alwar, Rajastan and in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, with a combined annual capacity of 450,000 hectolitres," South Asia Breweries director of marketing, Joachim Sandhe, told just-drinks today (15 November).

"Carlsberg will be a premium brand but Palone will reach out to the masses," Sandhe added.

South Asia Breweries is a joint venture between Carlsberg and Sri Lanka's Lion Brewery Ceylon.

Carlsberg recently confirmed the acquisition of Parag breweries in Kolkata and Himneel brewery in Himachal Pradesh as well as launching All Malt Premium Beer in India.