UPDATE: Carlsberg “happy” with Baltika conditions
Speaking to just-drinks today (19 March) a spokesperson for Carlsberg described the conditions set out by the FAS as "absolutely okay", adding that the brewer only seeks the green light from the Ukraine now, but that it is optimistic.
Baltika is owned by Baltic Beverage Holdings, the joint venture between Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle. Carlsberg is currently attempting to acquire S&N in a deal with Dutch brewer Heineken. As part of the deal, the Danish brewer will take complete control of BBH.
The FAS said that because Carlsberg and Baltika will have a combined share of more than 35% the Russian beer market as a result of the deal there were rules if competition restraints were to be avoided.
Baltika will have to give FAS two months' notice of any planned increases or cuts in its beer prices by more than 10%. Furthermore, Baltika will not be allowed to impose limitations on beer sales or refuse to supply beer on any unjustified economic or technical grounds.
The spokesperson added: "Clearance was already expected because the transaction was structured so that it avoided anti-trust issues. We have clearance already from the European Commission, but we are still waiting for clearance from the Ukraine. We foresee no problems there though, we have a very small market share of just 20%."
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