Scottish & Newcastle's part-owned Chinese brewery is planning a major expansion.

Speaking to just-drinks today (1 October), S&N, which owns 17.5% of Chongqing Brewery, answered reports surrounding the Chinese brewer's CNY480m (US$64m) investment as "only the start".

A spokesperson for S&N said: "We are obviously reviewing expansion plans. This will not be a single brewery."

"Chongqing is one of the largest cities in the world, it has 85% of that market and the land around the region has 250m people in the market. It's the fourth largest brewer in China. So, for very much a regional market, it will be fast-growing as you would expect. It's not a surprise. What you're seeing now is just the beginning, " the spokesperson added.

The company would not confirm the exact scale or spend of the brewery's operations, despite rumours that it will have an annual capacity of 500,000 kilolitres following its completion in 2009.