United Breweries to manufacture non-alcoholic drinks in dry Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Following the state cabinet’s decision not to renew annual licences of liquor manufacturing plants Patna-based United Breweries Limited (UBL) has decided to invest Rs 304 crore to produce non-alcoholic beverages and energy drinks in its beer unit.
The firm had earlier invested Rs 300 crore in the plant.
A proposal submitted by the Bangalore-based company towards this purpose was approved by the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) on Wednesday.
It includes capacity expansion of the existing beer plant for producing 50 lakh litres per annum of malt-based non-alcoholic beverages.
Industries department principal secretary S Siddharth was quoted in The Telegraph: “The investment proposal from UBL had come last month but we had held it back on grounds that it was for producing alcoholic beverages and the state cabinet on January 17 had decided not to renew licences given to liquor manufacturers from the financial year 2017-18.”
“However, the cabinet had also clarified that it would allow the units to function if they produce non-alcoholic beverages. UBL accordingly modified its proposal and is fulfilling all the conditions. Hence we have approved it,” Siddharth added.
The present beer manufacturing unit of UBL is located at Kopakala at Naubatpur Industrial Area and is spread across 42 acres.