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Comment - Becherovka: Is Stock an Option?

Reports this week that Pernod Ricard is looking to offload Czech liqueur brand Becherovka are on the money. Reuters' story on Tuesday (1 Apr...

Alcohol a bright spot for pessimistic Russia

A note from Bernstein this week has highlighted an increasingly pessimistic mood among Russian consumers....

Carlsberg: Emerging from the Russian Winter

As Russia finally offers the world's brewers a period of (relative) calm, market leader Carlsberg looks poised to turn the corner this year....

just On Call - Carlsberg eyes Russia revival

The negative impact Carlsberg has felt from Russia's ban on street kiosk beer sales should be over by the end of the year, the group's CEO h...

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

Lasko Group sells off majority stake in Birra Peja 16 Jul 2014

Vladimir Pekic

Lasko Group, the parent company of Slovenia's Pivovarna Lasko brewer, has sold a 57.6% stake in Kosovo-based Birra Peja.

Heineken heralds move to relax Russia beer ad ban 14 Jul 2014

Andy Morton

Heineken has welcomed Russia's decision to roll back a ban on beer ads around sports events, saying it will use the opportunity to promote responsible drinking.

Pivovarna Lasko on the hunt for new investment 11 Jul 2014

Vladimir Pekic

Pivovarna Lasko has begun a search for a strategic investor willing to inject at least EUR75m (US$102.1m) of fresh capital into the company.

Brewers get Russian ad ban reprieve - report 11 Jul 2014

Andy Morton

Russia has temporarily lifted a ban on beer ads, allowing brewers to campaign around sports events until the end of 2018, according to local media.

Product Launch - POLAND: Zubrówka Zlota 10 Jul 2014

James Wilmore

Russian Standard has launched a new flavoured variant of its Polish vodka brand Zubrówka.

SABMiller launches Grolsch in a jar - video 8 Jul 2014

James Wilmore

SABMiller has launched new on-trade packaging for its Grolsch brand in Romania, known as 'The Jar'.

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