Budweiser Budvar’s production and export on the increase
The economic crisis has not been significantly affecting Budweiser Budvar, N.C. for the time being. During this year’s first four months, the brewery sold the total of 374,538 hectolitres of beer, which represents an annual decrease of 1.6%. Sales revenues for this period, however, annually rose by 2.28%. The production fall was a result of sales decrease in January and February; nonetheless since March the brewery has been distinctively increasing its production. In March, Budweiser Budvar’s rise in sales reached 4% and in April even 8% compared to the same months last year. April 2009 thus made the most successful April in the brewery’s history. The record-setting April results were significantly helped by the export with its 20% annual increase.
“We believe that we will manage to make up for the sales deficit from the beginning of the year. April export results as well as local sales results indicate a good start for the forthcoming season,” says Budweiser Budvar’s business manager Robert Chrt, adding “Nevertheless, it is indeed too early to estimate this year’s overall results, as the most important selling period still lies before us. However, it is pleasant for the brewery not to have lost the pace of last year’s sales increase now at the beginning of the year." Budweiser Budvar Pale Lager remains the brewery’s product of key importance; its share on this year’s overall sales amounts to 53%.
Budweiser Budvar’s bottling lines have been in three-shift operation since the beginning of April while some other brewing operations (brewing room, main fermentation department etc.) have been in continuous service. Similar operation is calculated upon for the following months. Eleven new workers have been taken on in the production subdivision as a result of the substantial production increase.
Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation
Budweiser Budvar, N.C. brewery has long been one of the most successful Czech foodstuff companies. Nearly half of its production is exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. Budweiser Budvar’s sales increased annually by 4.5 % in 2008, having reached the volume of 1,312,580 hectolitres of beer. The brewery’s 2007 gross profit annually grew by 13% onto the total of CZK 302 million. Since 1991, about CZK 3,500 million has been invested into the modernization and development of the brewery.