Warsteiner has a new Russian partner, in Carlsbergs Baltika Breweries

Warsteiner has a new Russian partner, in Carlsberg's Baltika Breweries

Warsteiner has switched partners in Russia, plumping for Carlsberg's Baltika Breweries over Anadolu Efes in the country.

The privately-owned German brewer said earlier today (26 February) that it has signed a “long-term” agreement that will see Baltika take over the licensed brewing and distribution of the Warsteiner brand throughout Russia. Warsteiner's previous partnership with Efes Group had been in place for ten years and has expired.

“We are confident that, with our new partner, we will be able to seamlessly build on our success of the previous years,” a company spokesperson told just-drinks today.

Maxim Lazarenko, Baltika's VP of marketing, added: “We look forward to developing Warsteiner and complementing Baltika’s portfolio with a quality premium German brand.”

Warsteiner will also look to expand its namesake brand's presence into other markets in Eastern Europe.

In its full-year results, released last week, Carlsberg, which is the market leader in Russia, flagged an overall drop in the country's beer market in 2013 of around 8%. The brewer highlighted "particularly strong performances in the super-premium and mainstream segments", however.