Ak-Nar is a newly built brewery that makes the popular Derbes brand. Derbes, which translates as 'independent', is the leading beer brand in the Almaty area.
Ak-Nar is the second brewery that BBH has bought in a year in Kazakhstan. At the end of 2002, BBH bought a 76% stake in Irbis brewery. BBH plans to merge the two companies.
BBH is the market leader in Russia where it has a 34% market share. The company owns 18 breweries, 10 of which are in Russia, two in Ukraine, four in the Baltic countries and two in Kazakhstan.