Heineken today (5 July) revealed that it recently cut 500 jobs from its operations in Russia as a result of the integration of four breweries it acquired there last year.

A bullish Heineken praised the integration of the four sites - Patra, Stepan Razin, Baikal and Ivan Taranov - and said that volumes will be up this year on an organic basis.

The Dutch brewing giant said that the integration of four Russian breweries it bought last year was "developing excellently" and that volumes would hit 13m hectolitres this year. On a like-for-like basis - including contributions of the acquired breweries - Heineken's volumes in Russia would have reached 12m hl last year.

Heineken, Russia's third-largest brewer behind SUN Interbrew and market leader Baltic Beverages Holding, said it was targeting a market share of 20% in "five to six years" through organic volume growth.

Heineken officials could not be reached for comment as just-drinks went to press.