Baltika has begun supplying beer direct to Ireland. The Russian company said late last week that the first 13,900-litre container has already arrived in the Irish port of Cork.

Ireland has received Baltika products through Eurobeer, an official importer of Baltika, since August 2003. Eurobeer had bought Baltika beer under a contract through Baltika Deutschland.

Last year, the Russian company exported 6% of its production, with export revenue rising by 23% year-on-year to US$50m.