Global brewers have stayed silent over their interests in the possible acquisition of Serbian brewery Pivara MB.

Local press recently cited that the owners of Pivara, part of domestic group Rodic, have been in talks with four large world brewers for the sale of the brewery.

Speaking to just-drinks today (26 October), both Scottish & Newcastle and Heineken declined to comment on the potential acquisition of the brewer.

A spokesperson for Heineken said: "We always look at opportunities, but never comment on specific possible business opportunities."

The northern Serbia-based brewery, which has an annual capacity of 5m hectolitres of beer equal to the total beer consumption in Serbia which boasts a population of around 7.5m.

Last year, Slovenia's largest brewer Pivovarna Lasko was reportedly also showing an interest in a tie-up with the Serbian beer maker, although nothing has yet come of the speculation.

SABMiller, Inbev and Carlsberg were unavailable for comment when contacted by just-drinks today. Anheuser-Busch is expected to respond to just-drinks' query later today.