The Czech brewer, Plzensky Prazdroj, part of the beer combine, SABMiller, has been fined CZK2.3m by the Czech Anti-Monopoly Office (UOHS) over contracts with restaurants involving minimum annual beer purchases.

Josef Bednar, the director of the UOHS, said that the contracts in question were against the consumer interest because they prevented the supply of other products at different prices.

Prazdroj spokesman, Alexej Bechtin, said the company, which became part of SABMiller in 1999, did not agree with the ruling and would be appealing immediately.

In 1998, the UOHS fined Prazdroj for enforcing exclusive beer supply contracts.