The BBH subsidiary Baltika Brewery is to acquire a majority shareholding of the brewery Krinitsa situated in Minsk, Belarus. The deal is expected to be approved by the directors of Krinitsa in December.

Financial details were not disclosed but the present capacity of Krinitsa is 70m litres of beer annually and the brewery is the market leader in the country with a 21% share.

Furthermore, current modernisation plans, which will be completed next spring, will among other things bring the brewery's quality of beer up to Western standards, BBH owners Carlsberg said.

Belarus has a population of 10.2m and the per capita consumption of beer is 26 litres per year. Throughout the last few years, the Belarus beer market has seen a moderate increase and total consumption is 270m litres.

BBH is owned half owned by Carlsberg Breweries. The other half belongs to Oyj Hartwall Abp. The acquisition of Krinitsa brings the number of breweries owned by BBH to a total of 12, of which three are in the Baltics, seven are in Russia and two are in Ukraine.