Danish brewer Carlsberg has revealed that it has held exploratory talks on entering the Indian beer market.

Carlsberg, which has been busy gaining a foothold in China, where it recently bought its 20th brewery, has turned its attention to India, a market capturing the attention of the world's brewing giants.

Reports in India today (3 May) claimed that Carlsberg had put a proposal to build a brewery to state officials in Rajasthan. A Carlsberg spokesman refused to be drawn on the reports when contacted by just-drinks - but he admitted that the brewer was looking at ways to enter the Indian market.

"We have had meetings with the relevant people on relevant projects but no conclusions and no decisions have been made and we are not able to say if and when any will be made," the spokesman said.

Heineken venture Asia Pacific Breweries yesterday made its first move into India with the acquisition of a majority stake in Aurangabad Breweries (AUBL). The purchase marked Heineken's first foray into India, a market the Dutch brewer and APB has long coveted - but one in which UBL and SABMiller hold a combined market share of around 80%.

However, the Carlsberg spokesman refused to say whether that deal would quicken the brewer's need to get into India. "We never comment on other brewers' acquisitions," he added.