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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 - Budejovicky Budvar CEO, Jirí Bocek 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.

Interview - 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

Heineken to close Kaliningrad brewery in Russia 12 Oct 2016

Eugene Vorotnikov

Heineken has confirmed its intention to cease production at its brewery in the Russian province of Kaliningrad.

Stock Spirits makes brand purchases in Czech 12 Oct 2016

Olly Wehring

Stock Spirits has made its long-awaited return to the M&A arena, purchasing three spirits brands from Bohemia Sekt in Czech.

CCHBC offloads Neptuno Vandenys stake to Coca-Cola 16 Sep 2016

Andy Morton

Coca-Cola HBC has agreed to sell a 50% stake in Lithuanian bottled water company Neptuno Vandenys to The Coca-Cola Co for EUR10m (US$11m).

Coca-Cola Icecek drives up H1 sales, volumes 17 Aug 2016

Andy Morton

Coca-Cola Icecek has hailed a "better-than-planned" performance as first-half sales and volumes increased on strong domestic demand.

Fifth Generation adds Russia to Tito's footprint 7 Jul 2016

Andy Morton

Tito's Handmade Vodka is to launch in Russia after owner Fifth Generation secured a distribution deal with Ovo Spirits.

Stock Spirits ties with Synergy's Beluga in Poland 4 Jul 2016

Olly Wehring

Russian spirits producer Synergy Group has switched the Polish distribution of its Beluga vodka brand to Stock Spirits.

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