The UK's biggest pub group Punch and Carlsberg-Tetley have both voiced opposition to Interbrew's proposed solution to the competition concerns arising from its Bass acquisition.

Interbrew had offered to sell the Scottish and Northern Ireland businesses of Bass. But wants to keep the Carling brand in an attempt to end the concerns of the Office of Fair Trading over its Bass acquisition.

However, according to a report in the UK's Financial Times, both Punch and Carlsberg-Tetley have said they would be unhappy if Interbrew was allowed to keep Carling, fearing a portfolio with both Stella and Carling would create an uncompetitive environment.

Punch is thought to be pushing for a full disposal of the Bass business, the most extreme of four solutions set out by the OFT last month. It is even thought the pub group may seek a judicial review if Interbrew is allowed to keep Carling.

Carlsberg-Tetley meanwhile is believed to have said that any solution must split Carling and Stella Artois.

Global Beer Report 2000