Mahou San Miguel is a result of Mahous purchase of the Spanish San Miguel company in 2000

Mahou San Miguel is a result of Mahou's purchase of the Spanish San Miguel company in 2000

just-drinks is in Madrid today as a guest of Mahou San Miguel. Here's a look at how the company has grown to become Spain's beer market leader.

  • 1890 - Mahou is founded by the widow and sons of Alsace native Casimiro Mahou. In the same year, the San Miguel beer brand first appears in the Philippines
  • 1925 - Alhambra Cervezas founded
  • 1956 - The Sorianos, a Filipino family with Spanish origins that part-owned San Miguel in the Philippines, team up with local partners in Spain to found a new beer brand, also called San Miguel. The new company opens a brewery in Lleida
  • 1961 - Mahou sets up a second brewery, in Madrid, after the first facility – also in the city - reaches capacity
  • 1993 - Another Mahou brewery, 45km from Madrid in Alovera, comes online. Up until this point, the company had focused its attention on the centre of Spain
  • 2000 - Mahou acquires San Miguel in Spain. Groupe Danone, which previously had stakes in both Mahou and San Miguel, decides to exit the beer category, allowing Mahou to return to 100% family ownership
  • 2004 - Mahou San Miguel acquires Reina, a brand in the Canary Islands. MSM has been Spain's beer market leader since 2005
  • 2007 - incorporates Cervezas Alhambra
  • 2011 - enters Spain's soft drinks & water category through purchase of the Solán de Cabras range
  • 2012 - partners with Indian FMCG firm VI-John Group to set up Arian Breweries & Distilleries in the country. The JV has a brewery in Rajasthan
  • 2014 - buys out VI-John Group to take full control of its Indian division. Renames it Mahou India
  • 2015 - secures a 30% stake in US craft brewer Founders in Michigan


  • Mahou San Miguel remains privately-owned, with 12 people on its board, including sixth- and seventh- generation members of the Mahou family
  • It is the market leader in Spain with around 36% share. Heineken comes in second with another domestic brewer, Damm, third.
  • The company owns eight breweries – seven in Spain and one in India
  • It operates in around 60 countries, with the flagship San Miguel brand present in 40 markets
  • The group's core export markets are the UK, the US and Equatorial Guinea
  • International sales, which now account for 14% of group volumes (Spain is 86%), have doubled in the last five years
  • In 2014, total group sales came in at EUR1.15bn (US$1.22bn), with volumes totalling 15m hectolitres – 13m hls of beer, 2m of soft drinks/water
  • Group volumes have grown by about 42% since 2000
  • While the Philippines' San Miguel Brewery also produces San Miguel, the two only decided to team up last year, signing a "co-operation agreement" to "explore new markets" beyond the 60 countries where brand San Miguel is currently sold