Budvar beer exports reach record high in 2015

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Posted: Jan 07, 2016 5:54 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its output and exports reached a record in 2015.

Budejovicky Budvar NP said Thursday its exports rose 10.5 percent to 898,000 hectoliters (23.72 million gallons) of beer, the best result in the brewer's 120-year history.

Budvar exported to 73 countries last year, three more than the previous year. Overall output reached 1.6 million hectoliters (42.27 million gallons), up 10 percent from 2014.

Profit figures from the brewery are due in late April.

Both Budvar and Anheuser-Busch — which was taken over by Belgian brewer InBev in 2008 to form AB InBev — claim exclusive right to the Budweiser name.