Czech distiller Fruko-Schultz enjoyed record sales last year thanks to growing demand at home and abroad.

The company, based in the south of the Czech Republic, saw turnover jump 25% to CZK596m (US$27.8m), export manager Tomas Petru said today (23 January).

Petru told just-drinks that the company's sales rose due to the Czech government's decision impose strip stamps on all bottles of spirits sold in the country. "The decision meant black market producers were pushed out of the market," Petru said.

Fruko-Schultz's best-selling product remained Tuzemak, a local rum popular in the Czech Republic, Petru said.

Exports more than doubled to countries including Slovakia, Germany and the Baltic states.