The Ukraine expects to produce 27% more beer in 2000 compared to last year, according to the latest research figures from Ukrpivo, a body of nearly 40 beer and soft drink producers. The Republic's brewers are expected to output 1.06-1.07 billion litres of beer this year against 840 million in 1999. In the first 11 months of 2000 the volume reached 1 billion litres of beer.