Lao Brewery Co., Ltd. was founded in 1973 as a joint-venture between foreign investors and Lao businessmen originally under the registered name of Lao Beer and Ice Factory. At that time, the company had an annual production capacity of 3 million litres of beer, 1.5 million litres of carbonated drinks and a daily production capacity of 120 tonnes of ice.
After National Liberation in December 1975, the Lao Government took over the foreigners’ shares and followed by the voluntarily handing over of shares from the Lao businessmen to the State.
In 1993, Loxley Public Co., Ltd and Italian-Thai Public Co., Ltd invested in Lao Brewery Co., Ltd which enabled the increase on both its production capacity and marketing potential. In 2002, there was a change in the foreign joint venture partners as the new partners involved were the Lao Government (50%), Carlsberg Asia Co. Ltd. (25%) and the TCC International Co. Ltd. (25%). In 2005 there was another change in ownership with the Lao government holding a 50% stake and Carlsberg Breweries also holding a 50% share.
On May 24th 2008, Lao Brewery Co., Ltd officially opened its second factory in Chapasak province with the honorable presence of H.E Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister, and Standing member of the Government. This plant composes of a full managerial and technological system. The factory’s production’s line is fully in command of computerized systems and innovative machines generating its annual production capacity of 50 million litters and could be extended to 200 million litters. In addition, carbonated and soft drinks affiliated to Pepsi Inc. are also produced here.
Since the founding in 1973 the company has committed to growth and development. Currently, the annual production capacity stands at 210 million liters of beer and 21 million liters of drinking water. It is now regarded as the innovative leader of beer and beverage producers in Lao PDR.
Lao Brewery Co. Ltd. focuses on two main factors in regard to the production capacity upgrading - Human Resources and Beer Technology. The Company considers its production process to be an art and takes full responsibility at each stage. Production begins with the selection of finest raw materials: malt, hops and yeast, which must meet the stringent standards and quality demanded by the Company and uniquely, local rice produced in Laos has also been used for the production of its beers.
Following the increasing trend towards global warming, the Lao Brewery Co. Ltd., is fully aware of environment impacts and is doing its utmost to protect the environment and quality of life both at its plants and in society in general. To this affect the Company has installed a CMD system at its factory to reduce heat and emission. It is the first company in Laos to implement such an environmental project which aims to save energy and decrease carbon dioxide output into the atmosphere by up to 40%.
Thanks to its continued successful development, the Lao Brewery Co. Ltd. has become one of the top contributors to the State, with an annual tax payment of at least 500 billion kip (or $US 61.6 million). Through these taxes it has played an active role in the national economic development of Laos. In addition, local dealers and customers are also aware of the role taxes play in benefiting society as a whole and pay their taxes to local administrations, as well as being involved in the sponsorship of various public campaigns.