Belgian beer giant Interbrew, today signed a license agreement with the Turkish brewer EFES Group for the exclusive production and distribution of Beck's in the Republic of Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

This agreement, which is subject to the final approval of the Turkish Competition Board, is Interbrew's first step into the Turkish beer market.

Under the license agreement, the EFES Group will exclusively produce and distribute Beck's in the Republic of Turkey and Northern Cyprus. It extends the longstanding relationship between Interbrew and the EFES Group from their Romanian joint venture into the Republic of Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

The EFES Group is the number one brewer in Turkey, with a volume of 5.6m hectolitres and a market share of 78%. Its leading brand is EFES Pilsen. The total annual beer consumption in Turkey accounts for 7.2m hl, representing a per capita consumption of 10.8 litres.

"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with the EFES Group." said Hugo Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Interbrew. "It highlights our capability to bring the Beck's brand into new geographies, thereby leveraging the recently acquired international Trade Mark."

Beck's is the world's leading German exported beer.