Central de Cervejas has voiced its interest in Portuguese soft drinks group Compal.

The Portuguese arm of Scottish & Newcastle, which leads the country's beer market with the Sagres brand, is closely watching Compal, in which soft drinks group Sumolis holds a 20% stake. The remaining 80% is held by banking giant Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD).

Sumolis and CGD held talks earlier this year about Compal's share structure, although no agreement had been reached about Compal's future.

Speaking to just-drinks on Friday (3 November), Central de Cervejas' CEO, Alberto da Ponte, said: "Compal can be the third leg of Central de Cervejas." Da Ponte is keen to bring Compal into the Central stable to join Sagres beer and mineral water brand Luso.

"Until now CGD and Sumolis didn't show real interest to sell," he added. "We need two to go to the ballroom."

Compal operates not only in the fruit juice sector, but also in mineral water with its Freeze brand.

Sumolis holds the local PepsiCo franchise and also owns brands including Sumol soft drinks, Serra da Estrela mineral water and Tagus beer.