Lebedyansky, the largest natural juice producer in Eastern Europe, is reportedly planning to build a juice production plant in Novosibirsk.

The project will cost around US$40m, according to a Prime-TASS News report yesterday (26 June). The report quoted Lebedyansky PR director Alexander Kostikov as saying that construction was expected to begin this year and finish in 2008.

Officials at the company could not be reached for comment as just-drinks went to press.

The Russian group, whose leading brands include Ya, Tonus and Fruktovy Sad, is one of the world's top 10 juice producers.