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A bleaker beer year ahead in Russia - Analysis

That Russia's beer market has turned from a roaring bear into a whimpering bunny is not news any more. The country's economic downturn, coup...

Can Romania step up to the world wine stage?

The Romanian wine industry is at the start of its own revolution. Families who previously struggled to get their properties back following C...

Comment - Heineken's move for Pivovarna Lasko

Nine months after Pivovarna Lasko hung out the 'for sale' sign, Heineken has emerged as the Slovenian firm's favoured suitor – or should tha...

Brown-Forman's Russian glass half-full

The CFO of Brown-Forman has offered hope to Russia's alcohol market, claiming that the company is "doing pretty well" in the challenging cou...

Latest Interviews

Interview - CEO of Carlsberg's Baltika 4 Dec 2012

Olly Wehring

Earlier this year, just-drinks' managing editor, Olly Wehring, travelled to Russia with Carlsberg to learn about the brewer's plans for its Baltika division in the country. The unit, which produces the namesake range of beers, is the clear market-leader, but has had to struggle of late as the legislative environment has grown more hostile to alcoholic drinks. Having assumed the leadership of Baltika late last year, Isaac Sheps talked to just-drinks about what he found when he made the move, what he's battling against today, and what he wants in the future.

The Wehring Interview - StarBev CEO 6 Oct 2011

Chris Mercer

It's almost two years since Anheuser-Busch InBev offloaded most of its assets in Central and Eastern Europe to CVC Capital for an initial US$2.2bn. Since the sale, CVC's beer business in the region, StarBev, has largely operated under the radar. High time, then, that we caught up with StarBev's CEO (and ex-InBev man), Alain Beyens. just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer flew to Prague to meet him.

Latest News

Latvia to ban energy drinks sales to under-18s 2 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

Latvia is to follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour Lithuania with a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-18s, according to reports.

Stock Spirits launches company-wide review 26 Jan 2016

Olly Wehring

Stock Spirits has launched a "root and branch" review of its corporate strategy, after two tough years in its key Polish market.

Whisk(e)y hit as Russia's spirits imports plunge 22 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

Whisk(e)y imports to Russia dropped by almost a quarter last year as alcohol shipments posted record declines in the struggling market, according to local reports.

Budejovicky Budvar posts double-digit volumes lift 7 Jan 2016

Olly Wehring

Budejovicky Budvar has reported a near-10% rise in sales volumes in 2015.

Coca-Cola HBC to buy Lithuania's water leader 23 Dec 2015

Olly Wehring

The Lithuanian unit of Coca-Cola HBC has lined up the purchase of the country’s bottled water market leader, Neptuno Vandenys UAB.

Roust takes on JP Chenet distribution in Russia 8 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

Russian Standard owner Roust is to take over Russian distribution and marketing of Les Grands Chais de France's JP Chenet wine brands.

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