SAB Miller planning Foster's bid – reports
Published:  23 August, 2010

SAB Miller is rumoured to be considering a £7 billion bid for the beer operations of the Foster’s Group.

The move would see it take control of the Foster’s lager brand plus premium beers including VB.

Foster’s Group chief executive Ian Johnston spelt out in May the company’s intentions to split its wine and beer businesses, stoking speculation that the beer arm could be sold, but Johnston said the split was unlikely to be completed until the middle of next year.

Any suitor for the beer business may wait until after the break-up to provide clarity to the acquisition.

The purchase of Foster’s would give SAB Miller extra clout in Asia and make it a stronger contender to world market leader A-B Inbev.

Foster’s lager is handled by Heineken UK in the British market.

SAB brands include Grolsch, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell




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