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Heineken has been hit with a demand to close one of its breweries in Russia.

Local reports claimed late last week that the Russian Federal Service for Environmental, Technical and Nuclear Supervision has asked the Russian courts to shut down what the reports claimed were the "hazardous production facilities at the Heineken Siberian Brewery".

The submission follows an inspection of the plant, located in Novosibirsk in Siberia, which exposed violations of industry safety regulations, the reports said.

When contacted by just-drinks today (5 November), a spokesperson for Heineken confirmed the reports, adding that the company "disagrees" with the claims.

"We confirm the fact that a regular audit took place at Heineken Brewery Siberia in the middle of October by the Russian Technical Inspection followed by their requirements," the spokesperson said.

"Heineken disagrees with the results of the audit and with the fact that RTI immediately applied to court. The operations of Heineken Brewery Siberia are fully licensed and meet all Heineken and Russian Federation safety requirements.

"Heineken will give a motivated response in court as requested and is confident about the outcome."

Heineken has 10 brewing facilities in Russia


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Heineken

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