Belarus beer exports are on the up

Belarus beer exports are on the up

Belarus beer exports increased by 6% in the first five months of this year, according to reports.

The country shipped 2.5m decalitres between January and May, according to news agency Belta citing Belgospischeprom, the country's state-owned food producer. Krinitsa Brewery accounted for 1.7m decalitres, up 6.5% on the same period the year before, while Lidskoye Pivo exports jumped 54.5% to 435,000 decalitres.

Heineken's small foothold in the country's export market took a hit, with volumes falling 48% to 90,000 decalitres, according to the report. 

However, its domestic sales rose by 7.4% to 4.5m decalitres, the most of all the major brewers. Second-place Krinitsa sold by 4.1m, a 4.8% increase.

Olivaria Brewery saw volumes decrease 2.1% to 3.2m decalitres.

Overall, the national breweries sold 15.2 million decaliters of beer to the domestic market in the first five months of 2012, up 2.2% on the same months in 2011, Belta said.