Gerolsteiner Brunnen has posted a slight lift in full-year sales.

The German mineral water company, controlled by local brewer Bitburger, said yesterday (1 February) that volumes in 2006 were up 5.3%, coming in at 7.1m hectolitres. In value terms, sales increased by 7.7% to around EUR208.8m (US$271.5m).

Gerolsteiner credited its performance to a strong turnout from new products launched over the last three years. The company also said that it will continue with NPD in 2007, with a new drink set to be launched this summer.

On the export front, the company saw sales rise slightly, by 1.9% in the year. Gerolsteiner exports to 34 countries, and entered twelve new countries, including Japan, in 2006.

While Bitburger holds a 51% stake in the company, the Buse Group Bad Hoeningen has 33%, while 16% of shares are in private ownership.