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Comment - Carlsberg's Russian Reboot

That, in just the space of two days, Carlsberg has announced both a pay freeze and the closure of two Russian breweries, speaks volumes abou...

Carlsberg chases lifeline but Russian fog remains

It was more of the same for Carlsberg in its YTD results release yesterday as weakness in Eastern Europe continued to damage the bottom line...

Russia ready to rethink regulation - Carlsberg

Carlsberg's CEO has said that Russia may reverse some of the regulations that has seen the country's beer market shrink and brewers close pr...

The decline of Russia's beer market

Five years ago, Heineken announced it was cutting 140 jobs in Russia, with the suspension of brewing at one of its sites. The news came just...

Latest Interviews

Interview - CEO of Carlsberg's Baltika 4 Dec 2012

Olly Wehring

Earlier this year, just-drinks' managing editor, Olly Wehring, travelled to Russia with Carlsberg to learn about the brewer's plans for its Baltika division in the country. The unit, which produces the namesake range of beers, is the clear market-leader, but has had to struggle of late as the legislative environment has grown more hostile to alcoholic drinks. Having assumed the leadership of Baltika late last year, Isaac Sheps talked to just-drinks about what he found when he made the move, what he's battling against today, and what he wants in the future.


The Wehring Interview - StarBev CEO 6 Oct 2011

Chris Mercer

It's almost two years since Anheuser-Busch InBev offloaded most of its assets in Central and Eastern Europe to CVC Capital for an initial US$2.2bn. Since the sale, CVC's beer business in the region, StarBev, has largely operated under the radar. High time, then, that we caught up with StarBev's CEO (and ex-InBev man), Alain Beyens. just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer flew to Prague to meet him.

Latest News

PepsiCo to close Russian juice plant 2 Mar 2015

Jaroslaw Adamowski

PepsiCo has confirmed it is to shut one of its fruit juice plants in Russia.


Russia cuts minimum vodka price - report 4 Feb 2015

Andy Morton

Russia has lowered its minimum vodka price by 16% as the country battles currency deflation and a falling global oil price, according to reports.


Carlsberg shuts two Russian breweries 29 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

Carlsberg is to close two of its ten Russian breweries with the loss of up to 600 jobs.


Carlsberg freezes Russia salaries, new hires 28 Jan 2015

James Wilmore

Carlsberg has confirmed it has introduced a freeze on salaries and hiring new staff in light of its on-going struggles in Russia.


PepsiCo agrees tie-up with Olvi for Belarus 20 Jan 2015

John Pagni

PepsiCo has agreed that Finland brewer Olvi will market its biggest brands in Belarus.


Budejovicky Budvar FY sales, volumes rise 16 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has reported "record" full-year sales and volumes increases, but volumes growth in exports slowed after a strong 2013.

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