A weakening Russian beer market has forced Sun InBev, the Russian subsidiary of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, to suspend production at its St Petersburg brewery.

All operations at Sun InBev's Pushkin Brewery have been suspended from this week, a group spokesperson told just-drinks today (16 December).

He said the move, which will lead to job losses, followed "unexpected slowing down of growth in the brewery industry and uncertain forecasts for [Russia's] economic performance".

The move will serve as a further warning to other brewers operating in Russia, following concerns about a beer market slowdown this year, partly due to poor summer weather.

Sun InBev said that it aimed to cut costs by suspending production at Pushkin. Some of the brewery's 250 workers will be offered jobs elsewhere in the group, it said, although it conceded that jobs losses would be unavoidable.

"The company is planning to redistribute the volumes that were produced in Pushkin Brewery to other plants so that the overall production and tax payments of Sun InBev in Russia will not be affected," it added.