Carlsberg starts production at eighth Indian brewery

Carlsberg has opened its eighth brewery in India as it targets growth in the world's second most populous country.

The brewer confirmed that production has started at the Nanjangud site, near Mysuru in the south-west state of Karnataka. The brewery has an 80m-litre capacity and will brew all of the brands in Carlsberg's Indian portfolio, including Carlsberg and Tuborg lagers.

According to Carlsberg, the Indian beer market has grown at a 3.3% compound annual rate over the past five years. The brewer accounts for 17% of the market, however in its most recent results, nine-month figures released in November, its volumes in India slipped as a result of a highway liquor ban.

Carlsberg is hoping that India's demographics can propel further growth in the beer market. According to UN data, the country has 411m Millennials, accounting for 31% of the country's population.