Scottish & Newcastle said today (1 March) that it remains locked in talks over its plan to start brewing Russian beer Baltika in the UK.

S&N has been looking to brew Baltika No. 3 in the UK under licence from Baltic Beverages Holding (BBH), its Eastern European venture with Carlsberg.

A spokesman for S&N UK, the brewer's domestic arm, said discussions with BBH and Carlsberg are ongoing.

"We're close but we're not there yet. We're in the middle of negotiations," the spokesman told just-drinks. "We're very, very keen to do great things with the Baltika brand. Negotiations are continuing; watch this space."

Baltika No. 3 is only available in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh on a limited basis. The brand would likely be handled through S&N's speciality beers division, under which it produces Spanish premium brand San Miguel.