Royal Unibrew

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Royal Unibrew A/S
The logo for Royal Unibrew
Annual production volume4.8 million hectolitres (4,100,000 US bbl)
Owned byPublic
Nasdaq CopenhagenRBREW
Active beers
Name Type
Royal Export
Royal Selection
Royal Stout Stout
Royal Pilsner Lager
Royal Classic Lager
Royal Red Lager
Albani Odense Pilsner Lager
Ceres Top Lager
Faxe Fad Lager
Thor Pilsner Lager
Maribo Pilsner Lager

Royal Unibrew is a brewing and beverage company headquartered in Faxe, Denmark. Its brands include Ceres, Faxe, Albani and Royal. Royal Unibrew also has a strong presence in the Baltic region, where it owns Vilniaus Tauras, Kalnapilis (both in Lithuania), and Lāčplēša Alus (in Latvia). It also brews and markets Heineken in Denmark.


The company was founded in 1989 through the merger of the breweries Faxe, Ceres and Thor under the name Bryggerigruppen. Odense-based Albani merged with the company in 2000.[1] In 2005, the name of the company was changed to Royal Unibrew.



RoyalUnibrew is the second largest beer company in Denmark with a market share of about 25%.[1]

Baltic countries and Poland[edit]

Royal Unibrew acquired Lithuanian breweries Vilniaus Tauras and Kalnapilis in 2001 and a controlling interest in Latvian brewery Lāčplēša Alus in 2004. The company also owns the Latvian soft drink company Cido.

Royal Unibrew entered the Polish beer market with the acquicition of Browary Polskie Brok-Strzelec S.A. in April 2005.[2] It was followed by the acquisition of Browar Łomża in 2007. In December 2010, Van Pur Breweries bought the Polish branch of the Danish Royal Unibrew group.[3] In exchange, Royal Unibrew received 20% of shares of Van Pur in Poland with Van Pur retaining buyers options of the shares. In 2011 Van Pur, owned five breweries with the total production capacity of 4 million hectolitre of beer annually. October 15, 2012 Van Pur exercised its buyers option on the 20% shares previously held by Royal Unibrew for 111 PLN.[4][5][6]

List of subsidiaries[edit]

Brewery Country
Hartwall Finland
Albani Bryggeriene A/S Denmark
Ceres Bryggeriet Denmark
Cido Latvia
Faxe Denmark
Kalnapilis Lithuania
Lāčplēša Alus Latvia
Lemonsoda Italy
Līvu Alus Latvia
Maribo Bryghus Denmark
Tauras Lithuania

Royal Brand[edit]

The largest brand of Unibrew is Royal. It is based on Ceres' Ceres Royal Export and Faxe's Faxe Pilsner/Classic. Royal Export was also brewed by the other breweries in the group, but later the Pilsner and Classic were added to make a complete family of beer as is traditional in Denmark.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mirakelmageren fra Faxe er klar til næste væksthop" (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Bryggerigruppen erhverver betydende polsk bryggeri" (in Danish). Nordea. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Royal Unibrew and Van Pur team up in Poland". Euro Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Van Pur S.A. has exercised its option to purchase Royal Unibrew's shares of the company at PLN 111 million
  5. ^ "Fuzja na rynku piwa (Fusion in the beer market)" (in Polish). Republika Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Spółki Royal Unibrew Polska i Van Pur oficjalnie połączone (The Royal Unibrew & Van Pur merger)" (in Polish). Portal Retrieved January 24, 2013.

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