Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA was reported yesterday to be interested in acquiring Pisco Control by the financial newspaper Diario Financiero.

A spokeswoman for CCU, the Chilean beverage producer, was reported to have said that there had been exploratory talks between CCU and the cooperative that owns Control.

Pisco is the local Chilean spirit, which is distilled from grapes.

The report said that previous talks failed to lead to a deal.