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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

Coca-Cola HBC to close Moldova plant 29 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Coca-Cola HBC is to close its bottling plant in Moldova and import products from next-door Romania and Ukraine.

DyDo Drinco targets Turkey with Yildiz move 28 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Japan's DyDo Drinco is to pay TRY335m (US$110m) for a 90% stake in three beverage companies owned by Turkish food group Yildiz Holdings.

Romania to lower spirits excise from 2016 18 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

The Romanian Government has announced plans to lower the excise rate on spirits in the country by 30% from the start of next year, according to trade organisation SpiritsEurope.

Diageo switches Russian J&B distribution 11 Sep 2015

Eugene Vorotnikov

Diageo has signed a distribution agreement in Russia with Alcohol Siberian Group for its J&B Scotch whisky brand.

Russian brewers issue warning after bottle deal 20 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Brewers in Russia are to scrap their 1.5-litre PET bottle lines despite warning the move will drive consumers to illegal alcohol.

Anadolu Efes upbeat despite H1 loss 20 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Anadolu Efes has hailed a “satisfactory” H1 despite currency fluctuations pushing the beer and soft drinks maker into the red.

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