Russia's State Statistics Committee has announced that Russia produced 7.15% more vodka in the first four months of 2001 than it did in the same period of last year.

According to Russian press reports the country's vodka distillers produced 96m litres in April alone, 12.2% more than April 2000, but 9.7% less than in March. And Russian alcohol producers produced 4.7% more in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2000.

Meanwhile wineries boosted production by 30.2% in the first four months with grape wine production rising 27.8%, sparkling wines 35.1%, brandy 33.4% and fruit wines by 37.1%.

In April alone Russia produced 21m litres of grape wines according to the report, 20.5% more than in April 2000. Sparkling wines produced 14% more in April brandy saw a 43.7% rise and fruit wines produced 55.7% more in April compared to the same period last year.