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China Brewer Said to Mull Bid for $6 Billion SABMiller Units

  • SABMiller selling operations in central and eastern Europe
  • China Resources Beer would join Asahi, private equity bidders

China Resources Beer Holdings Co., maker of the world’s most consumed beer, is considering a bid for SABMiller Plc’s central and eastern European assets, valued at about $6 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

The producer of China’s Snow beer brand is speaking with potential advisers about a bid, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details aren’t public. A sale process for the assets, which include the brewer of Czech lager Pilsner Urquell, is expected to start next month after SABMiller’s deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev NV closes, they said.

China Resources could go up against Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. and financial bidders, including Swiss investment group Jacobs Holding AG, Poland’s Kulczyk Investments SA and CVC Capital Partners, three of the people said. KKR & Co., Advent International...