Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has refused to be drawn on reports that the country's government could privatise the company.

According to Czech newspaper Hospodarske Noviny today (20 February), the Czech government's trade and industry minister is keeping an open mind on the prospect of a sale.

"The Budvar brand is worth CZK20-30bn (US$933m-1.4bn)," Martin Riman, minister of industry and trade, told the paper. "I don't see any reason why the state shouldn't sell the brewery."

The brewer, however, stayed silent on the reports. "Our company has no comment to make on this issue," a Budvar spokesman told just-drinks.

Last year, Budvar faced uncertainty regarding its future when opposing political parties in the Czech Republic became embroiled in a spat over the state-run brewer.