České Budějovice, 28 January 2021 - Despite complications related to the coronavirus crisis, the national brewery Budweiser Budvar had a successful year in terms of beer production. Last year, the volume of beer increased by 51 thousand hectolitres, reaching a capacity of 1,730,000 hectolitres. This is the most voluminous beer production in the brewery’s history. The national brewery grew in terms of beer sold, both on the export and domestic markets.
“Traditionally, our sales have been driven by an increase in our exports in key markets, especially in Germany. Nevertheless, the more than 2% growth of beer sold on our domestic market is also good news,” stated the Managing Director of Budweiser Budvar, Petr Dvořák, when describing the results. “On the export markets, we sold nearly 3.5% more beer overall than in 2019. I’m glad we were able to fulfil the mission of the national brewery and further cultivate the good name of Czech beer at home and abroad,” added Petr Dvořák.
Of course, the worldwide coronavirus crisis negatively affected the overall business results of the brewery last year. As a result of adhering to measures related to the pandemic, Budweiser Budvar lost millions of Czech crowns, especially due to the closing of pubs and restaurants, as well as the year-long closure of the brewery’s visitor’s centre. The overall turnover of beer grew by 1% when compared with the previous year, which is less than the voluminous growth. The missing sales for draft and tank beer were reflected here.
“It’s also thanks to the implementation of a new bottling line at the end of 2019 that we are able to react flexibly to the massive transfer of beer from barrels to bottles,” relished Petr Dvořák while describing the rapid increase in the value of the long-term investment development of the brewery. Budweiser Budvar will release their complete economic results after an audit has been made towards the end of the first six-month term in 2021.