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Budejovicky Budvar has unveiled a CZK110m (US$5.8m) can-filling hall to meet demand for a significant rise in canned sales, particularly in export markets.

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The new hall, at the company's main brewery site in Ceské Budejovice, Czech, officially opened last week and is capable of filling 16,800 cans per hour, the company said. In 2005, Budvar sold 9,000 hectolitres in cans, while last year the group saw canned sales hit 74,000 – a 722% jump.

Around 75% of cans are for export, the company said, with the biggest volumes sold to Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Canada. Last month, Budvar reported its highest export sales in its 117-year history for 2012

“Canned beer sales are going to significantly increase and we anticipate a further rise in demand for beer in this type of packaging in the future,” says Budvar’s CEO, Jirí Bocek. 

The investment will also “substantially extend the product range” available in cans and create seven new job positions, Budvar said. 

Meanwhile, the company also announced last week that it sold 2,100 hectolitres of Carlsberg's Somersby Apple cider last year, after becoming the exclusive Czech importer of the brand last June. Budvar’s trade marketing manager, Alžbeta Eignerová, said the company has gained a "substantial market share" in the category, but did not give more specific figures.


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