State-owned Budejovicky Budvar saw its sales volumes perform well in 2015

State-owned Budejovicky Budvar saw its sales volumes perform well in 2015

Budejovicky Budvar has reported a near-10% rise in sales volumes in 2015.

The Czech state-owned brewer said earlier today that exports in the 12 months of last year totalled around 900,000 hectolitres, a year-on-year increase of 10.5%. Domestic volumes were up by 9%in the same period, coming in at just over 700,000 hectolitres.

In value terms, Budvar reported a sales increase of 8% in Czech, totalling CZK2.55bn (US$101.5m). Sales by value beyond the brewer's home market were not disclosed.

"In our most important export markets - Germany and the Slovak Republic - we have sold historically highest volumes of beer," said commercial director Robert Chrt. "We achieved double-digit growth in prestigious markets in Italy, Canada and Sweden. We also managed to enter into several new countries, such as Benin, Mali and Ivory Coast."

Like all brewers, Budvar "did not do well" in Russia or Ukraine last year, although "we managed to eliminate these declines in other states", noted Chrt.

In August, the company completed an update of the bottling facilities at its Budejovice brewery, resulting in a doubling of capacity. Budvar is set to build a new logistics centre on the site this year, which will be its biggest investment in the last ten years.