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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

Russia raises minumum price for vodka - report 14 Jun 2016

Lucy Britner

The Russian government has raised the minimum price for vodka in a bid to tackle counterfeit alcohol production in the country.


Russia restricts beer bottle size to 1.5 litres 13 Jun 2016

Lucy Britner

Authorities in Russia have passed a law to limit the size of beer bottles in the country to a maximum of 1.5 litres, in a bid to cut excessive drinking. 


Stock Spirits counters shareholder attack 19 Apr 2016

Olly Wehring

Stock Spirits has come out fighting against rebel shareholders, claiming that its recent actions are "already bearing fruit".


Stock Spirits appoints permanent MD for Poland 15 Apr 2016

Olly Wehring

Stock Spirits has rounded off a busy week with the announcement of a new MD for its unit in Poland.


AB InBev finds Budweiser growth in Russia - report 30 Mar 2016

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser is posting double-digit sales growth in Russia, according to a report.


Bacardi to bottle William Lawson's in Russia 30 Mar 2016

Lucy Britner

Bacardi has signed a deal with Russian spirits producer Synergy to bottle its William Lawson's blended Scotch whisky in Moscow. 

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