In the first nine months of the year, Russia's Yarpivo Brewery, which is co-owned by the BBH group, sold 367m litres of beer, having increased its production levels by 33%, compared with the same period last year.

Sales for the period reached 3.729 billion rubles (US$116m). During the same period last year, the company sold only 2.377 billion rubles of beer.

A spokesman for Yarpivo said that the company is carrying out a reconstruction of its capacities and improving its technological resources. The company has spent about US$19m improvements, including investments in its sales and logistics department and material warehouse.

In 2002 Yarpivo Brewery was 156 in a list of the top 200 largest Russian companies.