Beer brewer AB InBev sold more beer in the first quarter of this year than in the same period in 2019, despite the fact that bars and restaurants had to remain closed in many countries in recent months.

This is evident from figures that the company announced on Thursday.

At the same time, CEO Carlos Brito announced that he is leaving.

AB InBev, which markets the Jupiler, Corona and Leffe brands, sold 135.5 million hectoliters of beer in the first three months of this year.

That was 13.3 percent more than in the same period last year, when there was already talk of the pandemic in the last month.

Also, compared to the first quarter of 2019, more beer was sold (2.8 percent), despite the lockdown measures in many countries and the ban on alcohol sales in South Africa at the beginning of this year.

Because an average of 3.7 percent more was earned per beer, revenues at 12.3 billion dollars (10.2 billion euros) in the first quarter were 17.2 percent higher than last year.

The profit amounted to 1.1 billion dollars.

The company is therefore very satisfied with the results in the first quarter.

The current CEO, the Brazilian Brito, announced on Thursday that he would leave the brewery on 1 July. His successor will be another Brazilian: Michel Doukeris.