Carlsberg has taken control of three European beer brands in the UK, following the completion of its purchase of Scottish & Newcastle.

The brewer's UK unit confirmed yesterday (23 July) that it handle the sales and distribution of Baltika from Russia, Mythos from Greece and Grimbergen from Belgium in both the on- and off-trade in the country.

Carlsberg UK hailed the move as helping to grow its 'speciality' and imported 'World' beer portfolio in the country.

"Consumers are looking to explore new and different beers," said Paul Davies, head of brands at Carlsberg UK. "As with the trends in food, beer drinkers are placing greater emphasis on provenance and authenticity as the growth in the market illustrates.

"The addition of these brands to the Carlsberg UK portfolio allows us to cater to this fast growing and ever more discerning market".

Carlsberg has taken control of the three brands from Heineken UK.

In April, Carlsberg and Heineken closed their acquisition of S&N for GBP8.00 per share, valuing S&N at GBP7.8bn (US$15.34bn). The transaction resulted in S&N's businesses in the UK and Ireland, Finland, Portugal, Belgium and India going to Heineken, with Carlsberg taking control of S&N's businesses in France, Greece, Russia, China and Vietnam.