Brewers in Russia have agreed to the voluntary changes

Brewers in Russia have agreed to the voluntary changes

Brewers in Russia have vowed to limit their production of beer in PET bottles from next year. 

The Russian Brewers Union has committed to two voluntary initiatives: To stop producing beer in PET bottles bigger than 2.5 litres; and to stop using PET containers bigger than two litres for beers with a higher abv of 6%. Isaac Sheps, chairman of the brewers' union and the head of Carlsberg's operations in the country, confirmed the move at a news conference yesterday (3 October). 

The changes will take effect from 1 January, 2014.

Russia's authorities have been cracking down on the alcohol sector in recent years. At the start of this year, a ban was introduced on beer sales from so-called 'non-stationary outlets' such as kiosks, pavilions and open-air markets.

Drinking alcohol in public spaces has also been outlawed and a ban on print media alcohol advertising was introduced.

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Beer in Russia

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