Chilean microbrewery Kunstmann is aiming for a 30% growth in sales this year and to begin exporting to the US, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.

The brewer, which is 50%-owned by Chilean brewing giant CCU, already exports around 5% of its production to Japan, executive president Armin Kunstmann said. The company is on course to sell 30,000 hectolitres of its high-specification beer in 2004 and to generate sales worth US$3.3m.

Kunstmann already accounts for around 10% of the premium category in Chile, which is growing at around 8% per year.

The company is now planning to expand its plant at Valdivia in southern Chile in order to cope with growing demand and to boost its export capacity.