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SABMiller PLC - Russian brewery investment

RNS Number:9383T
29 March 2007

29 March 2007

              SABMiller announces new brewery investment in Russia

SABMiller plc, one of the world's leading brewers, announces that its Russian
operations will invest approximately US$170 million in the construction of a new
brewery outside the city of Ulyanovsk, which is located approximately 1000
kilometres East of Moscow. The city of Ulyanovsk, which lies on the Volga river,
enjoys good road and rail links and is home to a number of raw material

The new brewery, which will have an initial capacity of 3 million hectolitres,
is expected to be operational in early 2009 and will complement the group's
existing brewery in Kaluga, which is located some 180 kilometres south west of
Moscow. SABMiller's business in Russia has enjoyed compound annual volume growth
of approximately 30% over the last 5 years, and its Kaluga site has now been
expanded to a capacity of 6 million hectolitres. Both breweries will produce
SABMiller's Russian brands, including Zolotaya Bochka ('Golden Barrel'), Miller
Genuine Draft and Velkopopovicky Kozel; which together comprise 3 of Russia's
top 10 leading brands in the premium segment.

Alan Clark, managing director of SABMiller Europe, commented:

'Russia remains a strategically important market for SABMiller and this
investment will enable us to maintain our strong growth profile in the premium
segment, whilst optimising our transport costs and at the same time improving
our service levels to distributors and big retailers.'

SABMiller's current market share in Russia is 6% on a volume basis, or an
estimated 15% of industry profitability. In the year to March 2006, the company
generated volume growth of 14% in Russia, twice the rate of the market.


Notes to editors:

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni
Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market
leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest
bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2006, the group reported US$15,307 million in revenue
and profit before tax of $2,453 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the London
and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

This announcement is available on the company website:

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                    SABMiller plc                        Tel: +44 20 7659 0100

Sue Clark           Director of Corporate Affairs        Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Kelly Mulvey        Senior Manager, Investor Relations   Tel: +44 20 7659 0176

Nigel Fairbrass     Head of Media Relations              Tel: +44 7799 894265

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the
solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

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at which the Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past, or on
the yield on such securities, should not be relied upon as a guide to future

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