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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...

Comment - Carlsberg's Russian Reboot

That, in just the space of two days, Carlsberg has announced both a pay freeze and the closure of two Russian breweries, speaks volumes abou...

Carlsberg chases lifeline but Russian fog remains

It was more of the same for Carlsberg in its YTD results release yesterday as weakness in Eastern Europe continued to damage the bottom line...

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

EU readies new alcohol harm reduction policy 24 Apr 2015

Keith Nuthall

European Union health ministers have agreed the development of a new policy for reducing alcohol-related harm.

Heineken acquires major stake in Pivovarna Lasko 13 Apr 2015

Olly Wehring

Heineken has emerged victorious from the auction process for a majority stake in Slovenian brewer and soft drinks producer Pivovarna Lasko.

Budejovicky Budvar's Bud B:Strong Ltd Edition 9 Apr 2015

Olly Wehring

Budejovicky Budvar has launched a third limited edition run of its Bud B: Strong iteration.

Industry shaken by drinks on tap trial 1 Apr 2015

Olly Wehring

Drinks producers around the world are in talks with a start-up company that has developed an in-home supply concept, in partnership with public water suppliers, that delivers beer, soft drinks, spirits and wine through a household tap.

Moscow to ban alcoholic energy drinks - report 24 Mar 2015

Andy Morton

Authorities in Moscow are to ban alcoholic energy drinks in the city, according to local reports.

Pivovarna Lasko auction enters final phase 20 Mar 2015

Vladimir Pekic

Pivovarna Lasko is poised to welcome a new majority owner, with the auction process for over half of the Slovenian brewer and soft drinks producer entering the home straight.

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