- Significant businesses with production operations
- Selling operations and major export markets
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.
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Hungary's largest brewery, Dreher, is acquired in beachhead move into central Europe.
SAB acquires a majority stake in Lech Browary Wielkopolski S.A. based in Poznan, Poland.
SAB purchases Browary Tyskie Górny Slask S.A.
SAB enters the Romanian market with the purchase of the Vultural, Ursus and Pitber breweries.
SAB acquires a majority interest in Pivovar Saris in Slovakia.
SAB acquires the partially completed Kaluga Brewery, 112 miles southwest of Moscow.
SAB acquires the controlling interest in Pilsner Urquell and Radegast, the leading brewers in the Czech Republic.
Kompania Piwowarska S.A. is formed following the merger of Lech and Browary Tyskie Górny Slask S.A. in Tyche.
SAB acquires a controlling 83.7% interest in Bere Timisoreana S.A. in Romania.
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.
SABMiller announces the acquisition of the Topvar brewery in Slovakia.
SABMiller’s Russian operation announces US$170 million in the construction of a new brewery east of Moscow.
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.
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.
SABMiller launches Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell in the Netherlands. Grolsch is launched in Romania and Kozel in the UK.
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.
'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.
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.