Sociedade Central de Cervejas (SCC), the Portuguese arm of Scottish & Newcastle, has quashed reports that it is looking to buy Brazilian brewer Cervejas Cintra.

Reports in Portugal and Brazil had linked SCC with Cintra after talks between Sousa Cintra, the brewer's owner, and Brazilian brewer Cervejaria Petropolis.

However, a spokesman for SCC distanced the company away from any interest in Cintra. "There is no basis to these reports. We are not interested in Cintra," he told just-drinks today (14 March).

SCC owns a stable of brands including Sagres beer.