Beer volumes up by 7% in Poland in H1

Beer volumes up by 7% in Poland in H1

Poland’s beer production reached 19.09m hectolitres in the first half of 2011, up 7.1% over the same period a year earlier.

According to new figures from the country’s Central Statistical Office, Poland’s beer production was 4.12m hectolitres in June alone, up 11.2% over the same month last year.

The statistics tally with reports from SABMiller of a resurgence in its own business in Poland. SABMiller's beer volumes in the country rose by 4% for the three months to the end of June, on a weak comparative period.

Brewers face tougher comparative numbers in the third quarter, according to Gary Haigh, who is CEO of SABMiller's Polish subsidiary, Kompania Piwowarska. "In 2010, sales increased slightly due to a record warm July and high sales in the third quarter of the year,” said Haigh, who is also head of the Union of the Brewing Industry Employers in Poland.

"The past two years have brought a steep rise in sales of cheaper beer brands," he told just-drinks. But, he added that premium and super-premium brands have also grown.