Union de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus & Johnston has appointed a new chief executive.

Dario Castano Zapata replaces Carlos Bentin Remy, who remains on the board of the company, the company said in a statement to the Peruvian securities regulatory agency, Conasev.

The change in leadership at the Peruvian beverage producer has come about after Colombia's Bavaria bought a controlling interest in the company last year.

Backus also said yesterday that it expects to invest US$35m in its operations this year.