Articles by Ute Ballay
9 November 2001
The Russian Patent Office Rospatent has transferred ownership of 43 vodka brands to the agricultural ministry. The move, which effectively nationalises a large chunk of this lucrative market, is the latest stage in Moscow's drive to bring the alcohol industry under state control.
8 June 2001
The German beer market is being rocked by a period of "tumultuous upheaval". But while sales continue to fall in one of the world's most isolated markets, Ute Ballay, argues there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of international intervention, the premium sector and pre-mixed beers.