June 17 (Reuters) – Dutch brewer Heineken (HEIN.AS) is eyeing Belgian beer maker De Konick, newspaper De Standaard reported on Thursday.
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The Antwerp-based brewer, which once produced 140,000 hectolitres a year but brews just half that today, is struggling to cope with a falling beer market in Western Europe, the paper said.
“We are looking for strategic partners,” the paper cited De Koninck managing director Bernard Van de Bogaert as saying.
He denied the brewer has been put up for sale, but had “asked colleagues to help” to enable it to increase production.
Van den Bogaert said the group has been in talks with both Heineken and Belgian specialty beer maker Duvel (DUVE.BR), De Standaard said.
Heineken was not available to comment. (Writing by Antonia van de Velde; Editing by Dan Lalor)