United Breweries is planning to build two breweries in India as it continues to prosper on the country's fledgling beer market.

United Breweries is plotting a brewery in Mysore and another in Patna, the company's executive VP for marketing was quoted as telling Hindu Businesss Line yesterday (8 September). The breweries will cost around INR1.5bn (US$32.2m) each, he said.

The move comes as United Breweries seeks to increase its dominance of India's emerging beer market. Last month, the Vijay Mallya-owned group said that its market share surpassed 50% by volume in the first quarter of its fiscal year.

For the three months to the end of June, volume sales rose by 6%, while net sales jumped by 23% to INR9.44bn, said the Kingfisher lager brewer, which is 37.5%-owned by Heineken. During the quarter, the group also began brewing Heineken in India.