Sales of Hungarian breweries edge up in Q1
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Sales volume of Hungary's biggest brewers edged up 0.3% from a year earlier to 1.055 million hectolitres in the first quarter of this year, the head of the Hungarian Brewers Association (MSSZ) said, responding to a query by news wire MTI.
The slight increase came from a low base as pandemic restrictions were already in effect in the catering sector in the second half of March 2020, Sándor Kántor added.
He said domestic sales also rose by just 0.6%, to 1.087 million hectolitres.
The five biggest manufacturers all came out with several new products in the first quarter, suggesting they expect to see stronger turnover this year with the start of the season, he said.
Last year, sales of the five biggest brewers dropped 7.5% to 6.177 million hectolitres, with domestic sales down 9% to 5.657 mln.
In Q1 2021, sales of beer in barrels were non-existent due to pandemic restrictions, while sales of beer in returnable bottles were halved. Sales of beer in one-way bottles and PET bottles rose 17% and sales of beer in cans increased 26%.
The association data includes sales of Borsodi, Dreher, Heineken Hungária, and Pécsi Sörfőzde, as well as of importer Carlsberg Hungary.
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