SABMiller is looking to up the number of beer vending machines in Czech, according to reports.

The brewer's Czech unit, Plzensky Prazdroj, will increase the presence of the machines across the country, following a successful trial, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported today (23 October).

Plzensky Prazdroj began trialling the machines, which electronically read identity cards to verify consumers' ages, in March. Around 50 machines were installed across Prague, the paper noted, leading to sales of 31,000 half-litre cans.

No-one was immediately available at Plzensky Prazdroj to confirm the plans, when contacted by just-drinks.

Earlier this year, Plzensky Prazdroj posted a 5.4% lift in sales volumes for the first six months of this year. "The Czech market has been really stagnant for years, but it's now stable," a spokesperson for the unit told just-drinks at the time. "That is why there is more growth in the domestic markets."