The brewer and soft drinks group, Ochakovo, has reported a 17% rise in output for the first nine months of 2002. The company said production had risen to 57.8m decalitres.

The Moscow-based concern said beer output had risen by 17% to 45.5m decalitres. The company recently opened a brewery in Krasnodar and is developing plants in Lipetsk, Belgorod and Penza.