Russia's largest brewer, Baltika, has set its sights on growing sales in Kazakhstan with the launch of Foster's.

Baltika, which last year began brewing Foster's under licence at its brewery in St. Petersburg, plans to strengthen its position in Kazakhstan, where its flagship brand is market leader.

A spokesman for Baltika in St. Petersburg told just-drinks today (8 December) that the brewer was looking to take a 4% share of Kazakhstan's licensed - or super-premium segment - within 12 months of the launch.

"The licensed segment is about 7% to 8% of the total beer market in Kazakhstan. We are planning to supply 350,000 litres of Foster's to Kazakhstan within the next year."

He said Baltika would in the next 12 months set up local sales teams in Kazakhstan to promote the Australian beer in the country's fledgling beer market.

Foster's was launched in Russia last year and proved popular in bars and restaurants in metropolitan areas of the country, the spokesman added.