Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) has posted a rise in Q4 sales volume. The brewer, Chile's largest, announced yesterday that sales in the fourth quarter of 2003 climbed by 8.9% year-on-year. The company credits sales growth in almost all of its beverage products in Argentina and Chile.

Beer sales volume in Chile grew by 7.2% year-on-year in the fourth quarter to 1.2m hectolitres, while in Argentina beer rose by 8.8% to 643,007 hectolitres. Soft drink volume in Chile rose by 5.6% for the company to 985,983 hectolitres.

Earlier this year, CCU began producing and selling Heineken in the region through a joint venture. The company is controlled by Quinenco and Heineken.

Volume growth was also reported for CCU's juice, mineral water and wine lines.