Several smaller-scale brewers in Slovakia have formed a trade body to counter what they feel is the growing dominance of Heineken and SABMiller in the country.

The Small Independent Breweries of Slovakia Association has been set up this month to try to convince on-trade operators in the country to offer a wider range of beers. The association is based on the Campaign for Real Ale organisation in the UK.

Around nine out of every ten beers sold in the Slovak on-trade is produced by either Heineken or SABMiller.

Speaking to just-drinks, the chairman of the new trade body, Lubomír Vanco, said: “In exchange for receiving various items of equipment, many pubs have signed contracts with the multinationals under which they are allowed to sell only their products otherwise they have to pay a fine."