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Anheuser-Busch InBev has opened a new brewery in central China to produce beer specifically for the country's growing craft market.

The Wuhan brewery will produce AB InBev craft-style brands including Goose Island

The Wuhan brewery will produce AB InBev craft-style brands including Goose Island

The brewery, in the Yangtze River city of Wuhan, was inaugurated late last month by AB InBev's venture capital unit, ZX Ventures, the company confirmed to just-drinks today. It will make beers for AB InBev global craft brand Goose Island as well as Kaiba and Boxing Cat, Chinese craft breweries purchased last year.

Details on the size of the brewery have not been disclosed, however an AB InBev spokesperson said it is equipped with "cutting-edge brewing technology".

Wuhan is also home to an AB InBev research centre, and the company said the new site's brewmasters will be able to use R&D technology to create locally-inspired recipes and drive the Chinese craft beer market forward. Meanwhile, AB InBev has partnered with the local Brewing Technologies Academy to create a brewing course and help develop future talent.

AB InBev introduced Goose Island to China in 2016 and has since opened taprooms and microbreweries for the Chicago brand in cities including Beijing and Shanghai. The company is focussing on premiumising its beer portfolio in China, helping drive sales growth despite a lacklustre overall market.

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