Sun Interbrew is to invest E11m ($9.35m) in its Ukranian operation Rogan Brewery in Kharkov in 2001. The investment includes the installation of two bottling lines with production capacity of 50,000 bottles per hour.

Investment should then continue into 2002 and 2003, but the company said this would depend on market conditions.

Interbrew, which established Sun Interbrew with Sun Brewing to operate in the Russian and Ukrainian markets, reiterated its belief that the Ukraine along with Russia could be key to the company's marketing strategy in the future.

Sun Interbrew holds controlling packages of shares in nine breweries in Russia.