China Resources Beer Holdings said to be mulling bid for $6b SABMiller units

A barman pours a beer produced by brewing company SAB Miller at a bar in Cape Town, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

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.

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