SABMiller is not in the running to buy Canada-based Sleeman Breweries.

A source close to the situation has told just-drinks today (8 June) that Sleeman is not big enough for SABMiller to pursue. "People have put two and two together - SABMiller is an acquisitive company while Sleeman looks to be up for sale - but Sleeman's presence in Canada is just too small."

In a local report, the Globe and Mail also cited a separate source as saying that SABMiller is "not looking at (Sleeman)," and is "not interested in the business."

When contacted by just-drinks today, a spokesperson for SABMiller would not be drawn on the reports, declining to comment on the claims.

Last month, the head of Sleeman, John Sleeman, told just-drinks that InBev had ambushed a review of commercial options and suggested that the brewer is up for sale. "I'm not marching around with a 'for sale' sign on my back," Sleeman said, "but now Carlos (Brito, InBev CEO) has brought the world's attention to this, we have to deal with people thinking this company is for sale."