Another brewery is on its way for China Resources Snow Breweries

Another brewery is on its way for China Resources Snow Breweries

SABMiller's Chinese joint venture, China Resources Snow Breweries (CRSB), has begun construction of a new facility in the country's Henan province.

The brewer, which is 49%-owned by SABMiller and 51%-owned by China Resources Enterprise, confirmed yesterday (6 December) that building work on the site in Zhumadian city began in late-November.

Costing about CNY320m (US$48m), the plant is scheduled to begin operations in November 2011 with an annual production capacity of 200m litres, said a Beijing-based spokesperson for CRSB. "The plant will target the mass market in the region and will only serve the Henan province and the neighbouring Xuzhou city," the spokesperson said.

The plant will mainly manufacture the market-leading Snow beer brand, as well as regional brands including Yue Quan and Xue Di.

Last year, CRSB lined up stake purchases in Anqing Tianzhu Beer Company, Liaoning Songlin Brewery Group Company and Zhejiang Luck Beer Company in China.