Russia's cider market jumped eight-fold in the final quarter of last year, new figures have shown.

The year-on-year increase was due to a “widely-expanded” offer of international brands, imported from a range of countries including Belarus, according to RnR Market Research's Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report, released on Saturday (22 February). The surge shows a marked difference to Russia's beer market, which has decreased because of regulatory pressure.

Carbonates also grew in Q4, the report said, aided by big advertising campaigns during the quarter.

Meanwhile, private label juice brands saw flat volumes in most Russian supermarkets because of consumer dissatisfaction with quality and lack of promotional offers, the report said.

The overall beer market in Russia has been in decline for some time since the Government imposed outlet restrictions including banning beer sales from non-permanent street kiosks.

In full-year results released last week, market leader Carlsberg posted a 7% drop in Russian beer volumes.

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