INDIA: SABMiller coy on Mohan Meakin bid

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SABMiller has declined to comment on reports that it is mulling a bid for Indian brewer Mohan Meakin.

The Mohan family is understood to be considering selling the business, which has brewing operations in four Indian states. Mohan Meakin also sells brands in Tamil Nadu - a key state in India's fast-growing beer market - through the Mohan brewery, which is owned by a close associate of the family.

However, SABMiller refused to be drawn on whether it was planning a bid for the brewer. "We are not having discussions with Mohan Meakin at this point," a spokesman told just-drinks today (24 November).

Nevertheless, the world's second-largest brewer is looking to expand its operations in India and has set aside US$125m for investment over the next five years.

SABMiller has around a 35% share of the Indian beer market, where beer consumption is growing at around 7% a year.

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: SABMiller

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