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Small brewers to leave SZVPS

INDEPENDENT breweries in Slovakia plan to leave the Slovak Association of Beer and Malt Producers (SZVPS) to form their own group. The goal is create an association that represents and protects the interests of smaller brewers.

The move for independent breweries to create a separate association is influenced by the fact that the so-called Slovak Big Three breweries - Heineken, Saris, and Topvar – have a disproportionate advantage when it comes to key issues facing the Slovak beer market, the daily SME wrote.

The Big Three companies control 86 percent of the Slovak beer market, while independent breweries capture just 14 percent.

"A new [small brewer’s] association would be able to accurately represent our trading and financial interests," said Eduard Rada, the head of Steiger Brewery, an independent brewer based in the Nitra region. For example, the new association would lobby to lower excise taxes on beer. Taxes are blamed for the closure of three independent breweries and malt producers and projected losses of up to Sk500 million (€12.5 million).

Steiger Brewery is in talks with Bratislava-based breweries Stein and Poprad's Tatran, as well as Popper Brewery of Bytca, in Zilina, about creating an association.

Compiled by Marta Durianová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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