One of Russia's top five beermakers, Yarpivo, is gearing up to acquire Voronezh Brewery, Yarpivo's economics director Olga Belyusova was quoted in the Russian press as saying today.

The deal would involve Yarpivo acquiring stock from its own co-owner Baltic Beverage Holdings (BHH), which controls 69.2% of the Voronezh plant, while Yarpivo has 8%.

BBH had poured US$5mn into Voronezh Brewery in the first phase of its reconstruction. Market specialists predict that the brewery will brew 40 million liters of beer this year, 60 million liters next year.