Carlsberg has owned 100% of Baltika Breweries since 2012

Carlsberg has owned 100% of Baltika Breweries since 2012

Carlsberg has confirmed that its Russian Baltika Breweries has started exporting to Oman. 

The company said earlier this week that Baltika is the first Russian-based brewery to enter the Middle Eastern country. It has initially exported 10,000 litres, with the first delivery including bottles and cans of Baltika 3 lager. 

Carlsberg said business is "developing successfully" in the region, with Balitika now available in the United Arab Emirates - the region's largest market - as well as Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Bahrain and Israel.

Alcohol sales in Oman require a permit from the police, Carlsberg said, with import tax standing at "around 100%". 

"There is no beer production in the country, just import, [and] that is increasing by 3-4% every year," the brewer added.

Baltika Breweries was established in St Petersburg in 1990. Carlsberg took a 50% stake in 1992, which increased to 88.86% in 2008 and 100% in 2012. 

According to Bernstein's 2016 annual global beer guide, Baltika has close to a 40% market share in Russia, and relatively high margins. "In contrast, Carlsberg has relatively low margins in Western Europe, where markets are a lot more competitive."