Russian Standard has expanded its production centre and acquired extra distribution space near its Russian headquarters.

The vodka company, owned by entrepreneur Roustam Tariko, said yesterday (27 March) that it has completed a 30% expansion of its vodka production area in St Petersburg, with the installation of additional maturation tanks. The expansion came about due to the relocation of material storage and distribution to a new logistics and warehouse facility, the purchase of which was also confirmed yesterday.

The newly-acquired logistics and warehousing facility is 8,900 square metres in size and will serve as a "first-stage distribution point" for Russian Standard Vodka to Russian and international markets, the company said. The facility is situated on 54,500 square metres of land and located less than one kilometre from the company's distillery in St. Petersburg.

The facility will also house logistics operations for Roust Inc., Russian Standard's domestic spirits distribution company. As well as handling domestic distribution for Russian Standard, Roust Inc. also imports brands, including Rémy Martin, Campari, Grant's, Cinzano and Jägermeister.

"These are strategic investments designed to allow us to accelerate our growth and meet increasing global demand for our products," said Ilya Blinov, Russian Standard's chief operations officer. "It is well known that we have significant global aspirations for the brand. Right now we are putting in place all the mechanisms needed to meet the demands of our distributors and consumers around the world, and to reach our global objectives."