SABMiller's Polish unit Kompania Piwowarska today (1 February) reported a record leap in sales during 2005.

Kompania Piwowarska, which is the single biggest contributor of earnings from SABMiller's European operations, saw sales leap 12.6% to over 11m hectolitres. The Polish market last year grew by just over 5%, the brewer said.

Outgoing managing director Karl Lippert said 2005 was a "tremendously successful period" for the company.

"The wonderfully talented people of KP have helped us become the most admired brewing company in Poland, excelling at every aspect of its operation," he added. Lippert was last week appointed president of SABMiller's Latin American brewing arm, Bavaria.

The brewer's flagship brand, Tyskie, also enjoyed strong growth abroad, accounting for two-thirds of exports. Total exports last year leapt 95%, the brewer added.

Kompania Piwowarska, which operates from sites in Tychy, Poznan and Bialystok, is Poland's largest beer maker and last year grew its share of the Polish beer market just over 37%.