Carlsberg has signed a deal to handle Czech beer Budvar in Sweden.

The agreement, which will go live on 1 April, is the latest venture between the Danish brewer and Czech beer maker Budejovický Budvar. In January, Carlsberg finalised deals to distribute the Czech beer in Finland and Croatia.

"An important part of Carlsberg's strategy includes enriching Sweden's beer culture with high-quality local and foreign beers," said Carlsberg Sweden CEO Stig Sunde today (19 March).

Budvar joins a range of 20 beers that Carlsberg distributes in Sweden. A Carlsberg Sweden spokesperson told just-drinks that the brewer handles beers including Leffe and Hoegaarden.

Budejovický Budvar CEO Jirí Bocek noted that the Swedish market has "great potential" for Budvar, which is currently distributed in Sweden by local importer Birramex.