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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...

How long must Carlsberg wait for Russia recovery?

Yesterday's headlines around Carlsberg were dominated by the group's half-year performance in Eastern Europe. And rightly so. The Danish bre...

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

Maspex agrees to Tarczyn, Dr Witt acquisition 19 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

Polish food and beverage group Maspex is to buy two drinks brands from Agros Nova Group for an undisclosed sum.


Slovenia withdraws soda tax proposal - report 11 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

Slovenia has scrapped a proposed tax on soft drinks that business leaders claimed would have been an “additional burden” on the economy, according to a report.


Pivovary Lobkowicz secures control of Rychtar 10 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

Pivovary Lobkowicz has taken full control of fellow Czech brewer Pivovar Rychtár by acquiring the 30% stake it did not already own in the group.


Altia lines up Russia launch for Koskenkorva vodka 27 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Finland's Altia Corp is to launch its Koskenkorva vodka brand in Russia ahead of the holiday season.


Carlsberg hails plan to halt Russian duty rise 12 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Carlsberg has welcomed the on-going passage of a bill to freeze beer duty in Russia, branding it a “positive development”.


Anadolu Efes sees healthy YTD sales 10 Nov 2014

James Wilmore

Anadolu Efes has a seen a double-digit rise in nine-month sales but continues to feel the impact of struggles in Russia and Ukraine.

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