Heineken will close breweries in Czech Republic as part of a three-year cost savings programme across the group.

Breweries in Kutná Hora and Znojmo are to close, the Netherlands-based brewer said today (16 June).

Last year, Heineken produced 2.8m hectolitres in Czech Republic, with 860,000hl of that exported. It is number three on the market, behind A-B InBev and SABMiller.

Kutná Hora and Znojmo produce Dacicky and Hostan beer brands and are part of Heineken subsidiaries Drinks Union and Starobrno respectively. The brewer also owns Krusovice in the country.

Heineken has previously been linked to a move for A-B InBev's Staropramen beer arm in Czech Republic.