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SABMiller PLC - SABMiller plc announces expansion in Russia

RNS Number : 3294W
  SABMiller PLC
  10 June 2008

10th June 2008

SABMiller plc announces expansion in Russia

SABMiller plc ('SABMiller') announces that it has agreed to acquire the Russian
brewer LLC Vladpivo ('Vladpivo'). The transaction is subject to customary
pre-closing conditions.

Vladpivo, the largest brewer in the Russian far east Primorie region, is located
near the city of Vladivostok and has an annual capacity of 1 million
hectolitres. The value of the gross assets to be acquired is approximately US$69
million.  The
purchase price is not being disclosed.

The Russian far east represents approximately 7.6% of the Russian beer market
and is projected to grow faster than the total Russian beer market from 2007 to
2013. This acquisition will accelerate SABMiller's growth in the region and
increase the
geographic penetration of the group's worthmore portfolio.

James Wilson, Managing Director of SABMiller RUS, said: 'The acquisition of
Vladpivo complements our existing capability and will allow us to expand the
presence of our worthmore brands, by providing us with a more competitive
logistics configuration
and better access to our consumers in this important and attractive region.'

Vladpivo will become SABMiller's third production facility in the country, in
addition to its main brewery in Kaluga and the site in Ulyanovsk which is
currently under construction and expected to be commissioned in early 2009.  In
advance of
production of SABMiller RUS's premium portfolio, the brewery will undergo a
substantial programme of investment aimed at achieving SABMiller's international
manufacturing standards.

Vladpivo is beneficially owned by a consortium consisting of A1, Detroit
Investments and the IFC.


About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine
Draft, Peroni
Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market
leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest
bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, the group reported US$3,639 million adjusted
pre-tax profit and revenue of US$21,410 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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