Carlsberg has entered into negotiations with the IBM Group regarding a possible outsourcing of the Danish brewer's IT services in Europe. The final contract signing is expected to take place this summer.

"IBM has been chosen after a period of thorough analysis, where both internal and external sourcing options have been evaluated," a statement said. "This analysis led to the conclusion that external sourcing offers the best combination of technical performance, adaptability to growth and cost efficiency."

The proposed agreement will cover most of Carlsberg's wholly-owned subsidiaries in Europe, i.e. Carlsberg in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the UK, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and Bulgaria.  Finland, Italy and Croatia are not in scope until SAP has been implemented at a later stage.