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Bobruisk-based Syabar Brewing Company is planning to bring its production capacity to 17 million decalitres by the end of 2008, general manager of Heineken and chairman of Syabar's supervisory board Henk van Gelderen told a press conference on Wednesday.

In his words, this year Heineken is planning to upgrade the Bobruisk-based brewery, bringing its yearly production capacity to 17 million decalitres in 2008 and 20 million decalitres in 2009.

This year Heineken brought 1,470 tonnes of seeds of premium quality brewer's barley. The company's yield of brewer's barley is expected to reach 20,000 tonnes in 2008. The barley will be processed by Belsolod OJSC.

According to the Belarusian food industry concern (Belgospischeprom), Syabar's share of the national beer market was 17.1% in January-April 2008.

Syabar offers beer under Bobrov brand, which comes in three kinds: Bobrov Light, Bobrov Heavy, Bobrov Classical. The beers are available in glass and PAT bottles with ranging capacity 0.5-2 litres. Besides, the company makes two kinds of beer under Syabar brand: Original and Light. In May 2008 the company also launched Bobrov Original sub-brand (with a density of 10%).

In January-April 2008 Syabar produced 1.889 million decalitres of beer, or 7.6% up on the year.

The company exports part of the output to the Russian Federation.

Syabar Brewery CJSC JV (previously known as Belarusian Brewery CJSC JV) was registered in February 2004. The company was set up by Detroit-Belarus Brewing Company LLC (DBB Company), whose founders are American investment group Detroit Investment Ltd. and the International Finance Corporation, and Dednovo OJSC (Bobruisk, Mogilev Region).

In December 2007 Heineken N.V. announced the acquisition of the Cypriot holding company of the Syabar Brewery.

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