Carlsberg has upped its presence in South East Asia through the purchase of a majority stake in Lao Soft Drink Co.

The Denmark-based brewer confirmed to just-drinks today (17 December) that it has bought 70% of the soft drinks manufacturer, with the Laotian government retaining the remaining 30%.

"Lao Soft Drink Co. is the leading soft drink manufacturer in Laos, with majority market share in the country," a spokesperson for Carlsberg in Asia told just-drinks. The company also handles the bottling of Pepsi in Laos.

The spokesperson declined to give details of the value of the transaction.

Lao Soft Drink Co has a facility in the capital of Laos, Vientiane, which employs 290 and has an annual production capacity of 400,00 hectolitres.

Carlsberg already works with the Laotian government, with each side holding a 50% stake in domestic brewer Lao Beer Co.