Carlsberg has sealed the purchase of its first brewery in India.

The Danish brewer confirmed today (14 May) that it has bought a ten-year-old facility in the state of Himachal Pradesh, north of the capital New Delhi. Financial details of the purchase were not disclosed, although the transaction marks Carlsberg's first brewery in the country, through its joint venture South Asia Breweries.

The brewery, bought from "local investors", has an annual capacity of 150,000 hectolitres, but "could easily be doubled in size at least," a spokesperson for Carlsberg told just-drinks.

"We would use Carlsberg brands in the plant," the spokesperson continued, adding that the brewery will serve the Himachal Pradesh region, "with the opportunity to also supply the north Indian states, including New Delhi".

The brewer announced the formation of South Asia Breweries in December after months of speculation surrounding its ambitions for the fast-growing beer market. Carlsberg plans to build a greenfield brewery in Rajasthan with its partner in Sri Lanka, The Lion Brewery Ceylon. Carlsberg will have a 45% interest in the venture. The brewery is slated to be up and running by the first quarter of 2008.