Big brewers' sales slip

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Domestic sales volume of Hungary's biggest brewers fell 4% to 1.7 million hectolitres in January-April from the same period a year earlier, Sándor Kántor, the head of the Hungarian Brewers Association, told state news wire MTI.

Turnover of beer in barrels - a good indicator of on-trade sales - was just 77% of that before the pandemic, Kántor said. A recovery of full-year sales to 2019 levels is "unlikely", he added.

Brewers may be facing supply challenges and a "drastic increase" in production costs, he said. 

Domestic production of the biggest brewers declined 8% to 1.6 million hectolitres in the period January-April from a year earlier.

The association data includes sales of Borsodi, Dreher, Heineken Hungária, and Pécsi Sörfőzde, as well as of importer Carlsberg Hungary.

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