Unicer expects to register a considerable lift in its net profit this year.

The company, which is jointly held by Carlsberg and the Viacer Consortium, has estimated it will register a 200% year-on-year rise in net profit, equal to EUR36.8m (US$52.2M).

The Portugeuse beer and soft drinks company reported a year-on-year 4.6% lift in net revenue to EUR750m.

Unicer recently reported that it is consolidating its position in its domestic market by closing its facility in Loulé in the south of Portugal by the end of the year. The closure will affect 65 employees.

The Loulé brewery has an annual capacity of 400,000 hectolitres, representing 7% of Unicer's total beer production.