The United Breweries is to relaunch San Miguel and London Pilsner on the Indian market, the brands it acquired into its portfolio when it bought Associated Breweries in November.

The move is expected to increase the company's market share of the Indian market by 10% to 50%. The relaunches will be accompanied by a series of new product launches, including possible light ice and low calorie beers.

The Pilsner and San Miguel brands are to be given a new look and new positioning, according to the company. "We will strengthen these brands using our distribution structure and marketing strength," the company told the Economic Times today.

The paper also reported that UB was in takeover talks with Mangalore Breweries.

Elsewhere in the Indian beer market, Mysore Breweries (MBL) is reported to be in talks with multinationals to introduce a foreign beer brand into India as part of a joint venture.

The company said talks were at an advanced stage and the multinational involved would take a stake in MBL's proposed brewery in Andhra Pradesh.

Multinationals would be particularly interested in MBL's large distribution network. Interbrew's name has been linked to the company in the past but MBL said it has not been in talks with the Belgian giant for two years.