InBev and Heineken are squaring up for a battle over a stake in a Chinese brewer, according to Belgian press reports. In a report on Saturday (29 October), Le Soir newspaper claimed that the two brewers have made competing bids for a 30% stake in Xujin brewery in Fujian province.

No sources were cited in the report.

The brewery is currently owned by management and the local government, the report said, and has production levels of around 4.5m hectolitres a year.

When contacted by just-drinks today, InBev declined to comment on the report. No-one was available at Heineken to comment, although a spokesperson for the brewer told Reuters this weekend: "As we have said before, we are generally interested in opportunities in China and Asia."