Carlsberg has signed a deal to nearly double its stake in Vietnam's Habeco brewing group.

Carlsberg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Habeco to raise its stake in the Vietnamese brewer from 16% to 30%.

A signing ceremony, attended by Vietnam's prime minister, was held at Carlsberg's Copenhagen headquarters, the Denmark-based brewer said yesterday (17 September).

Habeco is market leader in the northern Vietnam where Carlsberg is present through its brewery joint ventures in Hanoi and Halong.
Carlsberg said: "The increased partnership will provide opportunities for both Habeco and Carlsberg to further jointly strengthen their market positions in northern Vietnam but also in central Vietnam, where Carlsberg is market leader through its brewery joint venture in Hué.

"Carlsberg and Habeco are already partners in southern Vietnam where a new brewery is being constructed."

Carlsberg reported profits up by more than a third in the first half of 2009, but the brewer trimmed its full-year net sales target due to decline on the Russian beer market.

Earlier this year, the brewer said it plans to expand across Asia.