Polish brewing group, Kompania Piwowarska, in which South African Breweries (SAB) owns a controlling interest, is in talks to buy rival Polish brewery, Browary Lubelskie Perla.

The principal shareholders in Browary Lubelskie Perla are the Malopolski Browar Strzelec brewery with a 48% stake, and the businessman Hubert Gierowski, who owns 51%.

If the deal goes ahead Piwowarska would become the largest player in the Polish beer market, moving ahead of current market leader, Grupa Zywiec. Piwowarska currently has a 27.6% market share, while Zywiec has a 36.3% share. The third largest player is Carlsberg Okocim with 14.3%.