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Europe

  • Significant businesses with production operations
  • Selling operations and major export markets
  • Associates

Our primary brewing operations cover eight countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain (Canary Islands) and the Netherlands. In the majority of these countries, we are the number one or two brewer by market share. A further 16 countries including Russia, Turkey and Ukraine are covered in a strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes through either brewing, soft drinks or export operations. We export significant volumes to a further seven European markets, of which the largest are the UK and Germany.

Regional office: Zug, Switzerland.

Quarterly divisional seminar

September 2010

Hosted by Alan Clark, Managing Director, SABMiller Europe

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Quarterly divisional seminar slide

Sue Clark
Managing Director,
SABMiller Europe

Vital statistics

1993

Year of investment

7841

EBITA (US$m)

172

Total number of breweries

10,4893

Total average number of employees

  1. For year ended 31 March 2013 - includes share of results of associates and JVs.
  2. Figures relate to subsidiaries only
  3. Average for year ended 31 March 2013 - subsidiaries only.

Total volumes sold (hl 000)

45,331

Lager

7,581

Soft drinks

Careers

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Our economic contribution

Find out about the contribution made by SABMiller to the European economy.

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Current operations

Significant businesses with production operationd

Selling operations

Associates*

* Markets with beer operations through SABMiller's strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes.

Brand portfolio

Key brands

  • Tyskie logo
  • Ursus Premium logo
  • Peroni logo
  • Velkopopovický Kozel Premium logo
  • Pilsner Urquell logo
  • Groslsh logo

History 1993-2011

Historial document
1993

Hungary's largest brewery, Dreher, is acquired in beachhead move into central Europe.

1995

SAB acquires a majority stake in Lech Browary Wielkopolski S.A. based in Poznan, Poland.

1996

SAB purchases Browary Tyskie Górny Slask S.A.

SAB enters the Romanian market with the purchase of the Vultural, Ursus and Pitber breweries.

1997

SAB acquires a majority interest in Pivovar Saris in Slovakia.

1998

SAB acquires the partially completed Kaluga Brewery, 112 miles southwest of Moscow.

1999

SAB acquires the controlling interest in Pilsner Urquell and Radegast, the leading brewers in the Czech Republic.

1999

Kompania Piwowarska S.A. is formed following the merger of Lech and Browary Tyskie Górny Slask S.A. in Tyche.

2001

SAB acquires a controlling 83.7% interest in Bere Timisoreana S.A. in Romania.

2003

Kompania Piwowarska acquires a 98.8% equity interest in Browar Dojlidy in Bialystok.

SABMiller makes its first significant investment in Western Europe through key Italian market by acquiring a majority interest in Birra Peroni S.p.A.

2005

SABMiller announces the acquisition of the Topvar brewery in Slovakia.

2007

SABMiller’s Russian operation announces US$170 million in the construction of a new brewery east of Moscow.

2008

SABMiller completes the acquisition of Koninklijke Grolsch N.V.

SABMiller enters the Ukrainian beer market through the acquisition of Sarmat and further expands its Russian operations with the acquisition of Vladpivo in Vladivostok.

2009

SABMiller's Romanian subsidiary, Ursus Breweries, acquires a 71% interest in the Romanian brewer Bere Azuga.

SABMiller acquires the remaining minority interest in its Polish subsidiary Kompania Piwowarska.

2010

SABMiller launches Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell in the Netherlands. Grolsch is launched in Romania and Kozel in the UK.

2011

SABMiller opens new £3 million research brewery in the UK.

In October 2011, we announced a strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes which includes brewing and Coca Cola bottling operations in Turkey, Russia, the CIS, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Sustainable development

Grolsch lory

'Lean and Green' deliveries in the Netherlands

As part of the Dutch government's Lean and Green initiative, our business in the Netherlands undertook to cut CO2 emissions from its distribution activities by 20% between 2007 and 2012. Other leading organisations making the same commitment included Hema, Coca-Cola and Douwe Egberts.

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Sustainable development

Pilsner Urquell

Turning waste into energy in the Czech Republic

This year, Plzeňský Prazdroj in the Czech Republic has worked on a number projects to help reduce its total energy use. One innovation is a device that turns draff (the grain left over after malted barley has been boiled and the liquid filtered out for fermentation) into a renewable fuel.

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