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SABMiller plc to invest $175 million in new Colombian brewery

25 August 2006

London and Johannesburg, 25 August 2006: SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers, today announces that its Colombian subsidiary Bavaria will invest US$175 million in a new brewery in Yumbo, on the outskirts of Cali in western Colombia, to keep pace with growing demand in the region.

The new brewery, which will become operational in late 2007, will have an initial capacity of 3.5 million hectolitres, increasing to 4.5 million hectolitres by 2009.  It replaces an existing 1.3 million hectolitre facility in the centre of Cali, which is almost 80 years old and is on a site which cannot be expanded.

The new plant, which will be built to a high technological specification, is expected to be world class in quality and productivity, setting a benchmark for other breweries in South America.  It is anticipated that the investment will provide employment for some 200 people and will include two new bottling lines, a keg plant and a new can line from 2009.

Commenting on the new investment, Karl Lippert, the president of Bavaria, said:

“We are confident in the Colombian economy and, importantly, in the support of our consumers. The western parts of Colombia have had to be supplied to a large extent from our Bogotá and Medellin breweries, and this move will allow us finally to catch up with the growing demand in this part of the country. A new brewery such as this is also a great opportunity to take steps forward in production techniques, quality, ergonomics and environmental care, to the benefit of our consumers and our other stakeholders.”

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SABMiller
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as 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 2006, the group reported US$15,307 million in revenues and profit before tax of US$2,453 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

Bavaria S.A.
Bavaria S.A. is Colombia’s leading beverage company.  Its brands Águila, Águila Light, Póker, Costeña, Pilsen, Club Colombia, Brava, Costeñita, Pony Malta, Agua Brisa, Tutti Fruti, Malta Leona, Cola y Pola, are leaders in Colombia.

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Enquiries: 

SABMiller plc  
Tel: +44 20 7659 0100

Sue Clark 
Director of Corporate Affairs 
Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Gary Leibowitz 
Vice President, Investor Relations 
Tel: +44 20 7659 0174

James Crampton 
Media Relations Manager 
Tel: +44 7795 208158

Bavaria S.A. 
Maria Clara Gracia Buitrago
Director of Media Relations and Corporate Identity
Tel: +57-1-638 9290 - Bogotá

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