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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

The just-drinks Interview - Budejovicky Budvar CEO, Jirí Bocek - Part II 28 Nov 2013

Olly Wehring

In the first part of just-drinks' interview with the head of Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar, Jirí Bocek discussed the company's ownership structure and its position in the Czech beer market. Here, in part two, he tells us about his plans beyond Czech and gives us his view on the never-ending legal tussle with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The just-drinks Interview - Budejovicky Budvar CEO, Jirí Bocek - Part I 26 Nov 2013

Olly Wehring

Last month, I travelled to Czech to take in a tour of Budejovicky Budvar's brewery in the south of the country. While there, I was granted an audience with group director Jirí Bocek. During our time together, we discussed the firm's ownership structure, its plans for future expansion, and that legal row.

Latest News

Coca-Cola Icecek hits new heights in 2017 - results 5 Mar 2018

Olly Wehring

Coca-Cola Icecek has hailed a record-breaking year, with 2017 becoming the group's biggest 12 months in five years.

Budejovicky Budvar eyes capacity boost with US$98m investment plan 6 Feb 2018

Andy Morton

Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has outlined plans for a CZK2bn (US$98m) investment to increase capacity.

Purcari Wineries set for US$71m IPO 30 Jan 2018

Andy Morton

One of Eastern Europe's biggest wine producers, Purcari Wineries, will look to raise more than RON265m (US$71m) for its shareholders in an initial public offering.

Coca-Cola HBC lines up biggest production centre in Central-Eastern Europe 29 Jan 2018

Lucy Britner

Coca-Cola HBC's Hungarian unit has announced plans to build its largest facility in the Central-Eastern Europe region.

Coca-Cola HBC in talks over MB Impex spirits brand purchase 30 Nov 2017

Andy Morton

Coca-Cola HBC has confirmed to just-drinks it is in discussions with Bosnia-Herzegovinan spirits producer MB Impex to buy some of its brands.

Russia set to shake off decade of beer declines - study 13 Oct 2017

Andy Morton

The Russian beer market finally looks set for a revival after years of "false dawns", a new report has said.

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