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SABMiller plc Annual Report 2007

The group at a glance

Over the past 20 years we have grown rapidly from our original South African base into a global operation, developing a balanced and attractive portfolio of businesses. Our markets range from developed economies such as the USA to fast-growing developing markets such as China and India.

Key highlights

200

More than 200 brands owned

139

Total number of breweries

69,116

Total average number of employees*

239 million

Total volume of lager sold** (hectolitres)


*See note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
**Volumes are defined in the ‘Definitions’ section.

Latin America

Our primary brewing and beverage operations cover six countries. These are Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and Peru. We are the number one brewer, in terms of market share, in each of these countries.

We bottle soft drinks for The Coca-Cola Company in El Salvador and Honduras and for Pepsico International in Panama and Bolivia. In 2007 we entered the Puerto Rico market with our international premium beer brands.

Contribution to group EBITA 2008 – 25%

Total number of breweries – 17

Total number of bottling plants – 16

Total average number of employees – 25,389*

Top selling brands


Key local lager brands include:

Aguila; Atlas; Balboa; Barena; Cristal; Club; Club Colombia; Costeña; Cusqueña; Pilsen Callao; Golden Light; Pilsen; Poker; Pilsener; Port Royal and Salva Vida

For more information see Operations review – Latin America

Europe

Our primary brewing operations cover nine countries. These are the Canary Islands (Spain), Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and The Netherlands. In the majority of these countries we are the number one or two brewer.

We also have significant import businesses in the UK and Germany where we import our international premium brands.

Contribution to group EBITA 2008 – 23%

Total number of breweries – 21

Total average number of employees – 12,921*

Top selling brands


Key local lager brands include:

Arany Aszok; Débowe Mocne; Dorada; Dreher; Gambrinus; Grolsch; Kozel; Lech; Nastro Azzurro; Pilsner Urquell; Peroni; Šariš; Radegast; Timisoreana Lux; Topvar; Tropical; Tyskie; Ursus; Zolotaya Bochka and Zubr

For more information see Operations review – Europe

North America

Miller Brewing Company is the second largest brewer in the US market – the beer market with the world’s biggest profit pool. Through more than 150 years of innovation and brewing excellence, Miller has built a portfolio of award-winning beers. Miller Chill, one of its newest brands, was the most successful new product introduction in the US beer industry last year.

Miller has licensed production in Canada and distribution in Mexico.

Contribution to group EBITA 2008 – 11%

Total number of breweries – 8

Total average number of employees – 5,991*

Top selling brands


Key local lager brands include:

Miller Lite; Miller Chill, Miller Genuine Draft; Miller High Life; Milwaukee’s Best and Leinenkugel’s

For more information see Operations review – North America

Africa and Asia

In Africa, our primary brewing and beverage operations cover 31 countries and we are the number one brewer in terms of market share in most of these countries. In 12 of these countries we have management control, while in the others we have a strategic alliance with Castel and a minority shareholding in Kenya and Zimbabwe. We bottle soft drinks for The Coca-Cola Company in 20 of our African markets.

CR Snow, our partnership with China Resources Enterprise Limited, is the largest brewer by volume in China, and we are the second largest brewer in India. We have a joint venture in Vietnam with Vinamilk and we also sell our premium brands in Australia through a joint venture with Coca-Cola Amatil.

Contribution to group EBITA 2008 – 14%

Total number of breweries – 86

Total number of bottling plants – 12

Total average number of employees – 12,806*

Top selling brands


Key local lager brands include:

2M; Castle Lager; Castle Milk Stout; Chibuku (sorghum); Club; Club Pilsner; Eagle (clear sorghum); Foster’s; Haywards; Laurentina; Kilimanjaro; Manica; Mosi; Nduvo; N’gola; Nile Special; Royal Challenge; Safari; Snow; Stone; St Louis and Zorok

For more information see Operations review – Africa and Asia

South Africa

The South African Breweries Ltd (SAB Ltd) is our original brewing company. Founded in 1895, SAB Ltd has since become one of South Africa’s leading companies as well as Africa’s largest brewer. The soft drinks division of SAB Ltd is South Africa’s largest producer of products for The Coca-Cola Company.

SABMiller has hotel and gaming interests through the Tsogo Sun Group, one of the largest hotel and gaming groups in South Africa. The group was created in 2003 when SABMiller and Tsogo Investments merged their activities. At the time, it was the largest empowerment transaction in the sector and SABMiller holds a 49% interest in the group.

Contribution to group EBITA 2008 – 27%

Total number of breweries – 7

Total number of bottling plants – 7

Total average number of employees – 11,749*

Top selling brands


Key local brands include:

Carling Black Label; Castle Lager; Castle Lite; Castle Milk Stout; Hansa Marzen Gold; Hansa Pilsener; Redd’s; Brutal Fruit; Sarita and Skelter’s Straight

For more information see Operations review – South Africa

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