RUSSIA: Russian vodka production climbs in first quarter
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.
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