Baltic Beverages Holding has officially inaugurated its new brewery in Uzbekistan.

The Carlsberg-Scottish & Newcastle joint venture said today (6 September) that the greenfield brewery in Tashkent began operations in July, but was officially opened this week.

BBH has teamed up with Uzbek firm Sarbast Plus in the country, with BBH holding a 75.1% stake in the tie-up. BBH has invested in the region of EUR50m (US$68.3m) in the facility, as well as in training and the development of marketing and distribution systems.

The initial planned capacity of the plant is 1m hectolitres per annum, with the potential to double the capacity by the end of 2008. The site produces a local beer brand, also known as Sarbast, and employs around 300 staff.