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Kompania Piwowarska has managed to increase its market share significantly in spite of the industry’s dip in sales (Translation)

1 March 2010

(Sales results of KP for 12 months, concluded on Dec. 31, 2009)

Warsaw, FEB. 25, 2010

Significant Results Of KP

- Sales 14.6 M hl (3.0% below 2008)

- Market share 45.3% (3.13 p.p. above 2008)

- Tyskie market share 18%

- Żubr market share 14%

- Lech market share 8%

Comment by CEO

Gary Haigh, CEO of Kompania Piwowarska: "We have concluded the calendar year of 2009 by achieving the biggest market share in the history of our company. In the past year, we have managed to achieve record market share for our brands, which is a significant accomplishment when the industry itself suffered serious losses as a result of excise tax increases and the economic crisis.
In that period, Kompania Piwowarska has gone through many organizational changes which allowed us to react quickly to rapidly changing conditions in the macroeconomic environment. As a result, we entered the year 2010 as a much stronger organism."

Sales results and market share

Kompania Piwowarska SA (owned by the Group SABMiller plc), in the 12 months between January and December 2009, reached the sales of 14.6 M hectoliters on the national market. These results are 3 % lower than the ones registered in the previous year. Overall, the industry's sales decreased in Poland within that period by 10% and reached circa 32.2 M hl. The decrease was mainly a result of the increase of excise tax (by 13.6%) introduced in March 2009, which strongly influenced beer price.

Within the 12 months of 2009, KP increased its market share of the Polish beer market and reached the level of 45.3% (from 42.2% in 2008) thus expanding its advantage over their closest competitor by more than 10%.

All the main brands of Kompania Piwowarskaj increased their market share. Tyskie is the best selling Polish beer and it increased its market share to 18%, while the second place in the national market is occupied by Żubr (market share of 14%). Lech is the third best selling beer from the KP portfolio, with a market share of 8%.

Kompania Piwowarska [the Brewing Company] - leader of the brewing industry in Poland
Kompania Piwowarska is the biggest brewing enterprise in Poland. Several centuries of experience in the brewing industry, state-of-the-art technology and the rigorous observance of the norms of production on a world-class level guarantee the highest quality of product. The company offers, among others, the most popular Polish brands: Tyskie, Żubr, Lech, Dębowe Mocne, Redd's, as well as international premium brands like Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Kompania Piwowarska (established in 1999) owns three breweries (Tychy, Poznan, and Bialystok) and 14 trade outlets all over the country. Kompania Piwowarska also engages in social activities like fighting against social exclusion because of poverty ("Warto być za") and promoting educational programs popularizing responsibility and moderation of alcohol consumption. The volume of sales by the KP reached 15.1 M hectoliters of beer in the financial year concluded on March 31, 2009.

SABMiller - one the world's biggest manufacturers of beer
Kompania Piwowarska is a part of one of the biggest manufacturers of beer in the world - SABMiller plc. The group produces or distributes beer on six continents, and its portfolio includes internationally known Premium brands such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as leading local brands like Aquilla, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow, and Tyskie). SABMiller plc is among the biggest companies in the world (outside of the US) bottling the products of Coca-Cola. In the financial year of 2009, concluded on March 31, SABMiller registered gross receipts of 25.3 B dollars and reached gross profits of 3.4 billion dollars. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

Additional information can be obtained from:

Paweł Kwiatkowski
Director for Corporate Affairs, Spokesman
KOMPANIA PIWOWARSKA SA
ul. Szwajcarska 11, 61-285 Poznań, Poland
Telephone: +48 61 66 77 509
Fax: +48 61 66 77 850
Mobile: +48 601 599 198
pawel.kwiatkowski@kp.sabmiller.com 
www.kp.pl
www.abcalkoholu.pl
www.sprawdzpromile.pl 
www.warto.eu

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [25/02/2010].
 

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