Empresas Polar, the Venezuelan brewer and food group saw first nine-month sales grow 10% on the same period last year, the company said, to US$2.25 billion.
 
The growth was driven by its operations in Venezuela, Colombia and in the Caribbean.

The company's financial director, Rafael Sucre, said sales could increase a further 5% in 2005 as the economic situation in Venezuela continues to improve after the economic crisis of 2003.