České Budějovice, 13 July 2021 - Despite complications related to the coronavirus crisis, the national brewery Budweiser Budvar had a successful year in terms of beer production. Last year saw an international increase in the amount of beer produced by 3%, resulting in a total volume of 1.731 million hectolitres. This is the most voluminous beer production in the brewery’s history. In 2020, Budvar’s turnover reached a record 2.812 billion Czech crowns.
At the same time, the brewery exported the most beer in its history last year. The export volume was increased to 1,193,862 hectolitres. This previous year, Budweiser Budvar shipped beer to nearly 80 countries around the world. As per tradition, the most significant export markets were Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Over 90% of the brewery’s export volume was made up of the pale lager Budweiser Budvar Original, which is sold in some countries under the name “Budějovický Budvar” or “Czechvar”.
As of last year, the brewery achieved a record turnover with its products and services, surpassing 2.812 billion Czech crowns. Internationally speaking, the turnover for beer grew by 0.7% to 2.735 billion Czech crowns.
“Despite all the problems, we consider the year 2020 to be successful. I’m glad we’re continuously able to fulfil the strategy and vision of the national brewery. A great thank-you goes out to all our employees for their efforts and results achieved during this complicated year,” says Petr Dvořák, the executive director of Budweiser Budvar.
The favourable business results also had a positive effect on the company’s finances. The pre-tax profit internationally increased by 2.3%, or 371.9 million Czech crowns, which is the best result seen since 2001.
Also, in 2020, the brewery continued to implement the development plan it initiated back in 2015. As of last year, Budweiser Budvar has invested 410 million Czech crowns. One such investment, for example, saw the brewery placing a new bottling line into full operation. After all scheduled investments are complete, totalling 2.5 billion Czech crowns, the yearly beer production will increase by more than 2 million hectolitres.