Australia's small family brewing company Coopers has about 2.6% of the national beer market overall but has surged to 15% of premium brands, according to managing director Dr. Tim Cooper.

This underpinned a profit rise to A$9.48m (US$7.25m) for 2003/04, a rise of 5.3% against 02/03.

Cooper said annual production was forecast to reach 44m litres by March this year.