2/14/2002 10:45 

Carlsberg Breweries A/S sells its Rent A Cooler companies in Sweden, Norway, Es-tonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Eden Springs, which is European leader within market-ing of water bottled in large plastic containers for workplaces. The selling price is approx. DKK 220 million, which gives Carlsberg Breweries a pre-tax capital gain of approx. DKK 175 million. The Danish company is not part of the deal, and Carlsberg Breweries continues to operate this company.

Rent A Cooler started its activities in 1988 as part of the Swedish Ramlösa group, and has since developed into a leading brand within its field. Rent A Cooler owns two water springs, has around 35,000 customers and 157 employees.

The 2001 turnover of Eden Springs was DKK 970 million representing a 30 per cent increase compared to the previous year. With the latest acquisitions Eden Springs consolidates its market position in 12 European countries, in which it serves approx. 300,000 customers.

Further information:
Margrethe Skov,
Public Affairs Director:
+45 33 27 14 10