Baltika has confirmed a marked lift in its full-year dividend payment to shareholders.

The Russian brewer, part of Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle's Baltic Beverages Holding joint venture, said yesterday (13 March) that its board has recommended a RUB52 (US$2.20) per share payment for 2007. The dividend represents a 32% increase on the payment made in 2006 of RUB39.5.

Shareholders will vote on the board's proposal at a meeting on 29 April.

Baltika also announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement with Japan's Asahi Breweries to begin brewing Asahi Super Dry at its facility in St Petersburg. Brewing will begin at the plant in June, before being made available in major Russian cities as well as being exported to other countries such as Ukraine.