The Russian subsidiary of Efes Breweries International, ZAO Moscow-Efes Brewery, has begun production at its new US$24.7m brewery today, the Russian press reported.

It is the thid Efes brewery to begin operations in the country and will have a capacity of 1m hl a year.

Based in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, it will reach full capacity next year, producing the Efes Pilsener, Stary Melnik and Bely Medved brands.