By BOHEMIST STAFF
PRAGUE – Budějovický Budvar announced yesterday that it had hit an all-time record of beer sales in 2015, selling over 1.6 million hectolitres of the amber goodness.
As a hectolitre is equal to 100 litres, the state-owned enterprise sold 160,000,000 litres of beer, or approximately 320,000,000 pints.
This is the third year in a row the famous Budvar has broken sales records. It recorded all-time highs in 2014 (which were the best results in 119 years) and 2013 as well. However, the 2015 sales smashed the previous 2014 record of about 0.9 million hectolitres out of the ballpark.
Exports made up a significant percentage of sales.
We imagine that Budějovický Budvar’s arch nemesis, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is not so happy about the export proliferation. The two alcohol and beverage giants are still embroiled in more than a decade of litigation across over 100 countries over the use “Budweiser.”
In 2015 – the same period as Budvar’s record sales – the Czech Republic managed to once again rank #1 in alcohol consumption per capita for OECD countries, according to the World Health Organisation.
Czechs came in with an average of 14.1 litres of alcohol consumption per person. Australia was second, but still a few good benders away from the #1 spot with only 12.6 litres of alcohol consumption per person.