Baltika has seen sales in 2003 climb. The Russian brewer announced yesterday that sales for the year rose to 16.17m hectolitres, up from 16.06m hectolitres in 2002.

In 2003, the company increased its sales both in Russia and abroad, to 15.17m and 1m hectolitres, respectively. Last year, Baltika built two breweries, in Samara and Khabarovsk. Simultaneously, production facilities were upgraded and expanded in St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don and Tula, enabling the company to create a geographically-distributed production system.

In the first half of 2004, Baltika plans to complete the restructuring of the Russian distribution system launched in 2003.

Baltika accounts for 18% of beer output in Russia, and is expected to raise this figure to 25% at year-end 2003.