InBev is reportedly set to team up with Kool Breweries in India.

Reports out of the country today (29 May) claim that InBev, which is rumoured to be preparing a bid for Anheuser-Busch, is close to announcing a formal arrangement with Kool Breweries, based in the north Indian state of Haryana. The global brewer is also thought to be about to exit its bottling agreement with Impala Breweries in India.

Citing a "top official" at InBev India International, InBev's joint venture with Ravi Jaipurua in the country, The Economic Times claimed that InBev and Kool are testing the Indian firm's brewing capabilities before beginning bottling operations for Tennents and Lowenbrau.

No-one was available at InBev to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by just-drinks today.

Last month, InBev confirmed that it has entered into a "long-term contract" with Dasappa & Sons in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka. Dasappa will produce InBev brands exclusively.

Other reports from India last month suggested that Asia Pacific Breweries, Heineken's Asian joint venture with Fraser & Neave, was poised to acquire Kool Breweries. APB declined to comment on the reports when contacted by just-drinks at the time.

Kool currently bottles SABMiller brands, including Royal Challenge, in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. Reports two years ago claimed that SABMiller was also looking to buy the company, a claim the UK-based company would not comment on at the time.

The state of Haryana, which borders Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, has a population of just over 21m.