Danish brewer Carlsberg opened its latest brewery in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Tuesday in a joint venture with Habeco and Vietnam Ceramics and Glass Corporation.
The 8.2-hectare brewery will produce 50 million liters of Carlsberg and Habeco beers, annually. The US$42-million venture is expected to double its capacity in the second phase of development.
Andre van den Berg, general director of the brewery, said shipping beer, produced in the north, all the way to southern Vietnam has inconvenienced customers in the past.
"This is an important step in our strategy to establish a strong portfolio of beers in southern Vietnam with Hanoi Beer and Carlsberg Beer being our flagship brands," said Berg in a statement.
The brands have more than 20,000 customers and this number is expected to grow in the coming months.
Carlsberg, together with local brands like Huda, Halida, Hanoi Beer and Halong Beer, have a market share of around 33 percent in Vietnam, said the brewer.
State-run Habeco, the largest brewery in northern Vietnam, and Carlsberg, hold a 96 percent stake in the Hanoi-Vung Tau Brewery joint venture.