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Brewers Feel Prolonged Russian Winter

Being a brewer in Russia continues to be a struggle, and that's putting it mildly. Carlsberg and Heineken both revealed today that their fir...

Heineken CEO finds "good news" in Russia

Heineken is “in a good position” to grow premium beer sales in Russia despite a declining market and political tension, its CEO has said....

Carlsberg "considering" Russian brewery closures

Carlsberg is “considering” closing some of its breweries in Russia as the country's beer market continues to falter, the group's CEO has rev...

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...

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

Anadolu Efes H1 sales up, soft drinks offset beer 15 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Anadolu Efes has seen its first-half sales boosted by its soft drinks operations as its domestic beer operations continued to suffer.


Coca-Cola Icecek sees strong H1 15 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Coca-Cola Icecek has seen a healthy rise in first-half sales and profits despite challenges in its domestic market and internationally.


Russia bans Ukrainian alcohol - report 14 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Russia's food safety watchdog has announced an import ban on a number of beers and spirits produced in Ukraine, according to reports.


Coca-Cola attacks Russia sugar tax calls 8 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has said proposed legislation from Russia's Communist Party to tax sugary beverages would only harm Russia's economy.


Sazerac Co in dark on Russia Bourbon ban claims 5 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

US distiller Sazerac Co has said it has not heard from Russian authorities, despite reports that the company is facing a ban of its Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon brand in the country.


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.

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