Diebels and Hasseröder were both owned by Anheuser-Busch InBevs precursor, Interbrew

Diebels and Hasseröder were both owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev's precursor, Interbrew

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed it is in discussions over German beer brands Diebels and Hasseröder, amid reports the two are up for sale.

A spokesperson for the company said talks are ongoing regarding the "future development" of the brands and their breweries. The discussions are with "a limited number of investors that would be able to implement a more focused strategy for these brands". AB InBev said.

Yesterday, Reuters reported that AB InBev had started the process of divesting Diebels and Hasseröder, citing sources familiar with the matter. The sources said the brands could fetch as much as EUR200m (US$223m). Reuters said German brewers such as Bitburger or Radeberger may be interested in buying the brands, which do not have standalone sales and marketing divisions and are presently integrated into AB InBev's German business.

The brands are mainly sold domestically with little international presence.

AB InBev has offloaded a number of European brands in the past year, including international beers such as Czech's Pilsner Urquell and The Netherlands' Grolsch, which were acquired through the SABMiller takeover. Diebels and Hasseröder were both owned by AB InBev precursor Interbrew.