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A bleaker beer year ahead in Russia - Analysis 6 Jan 2016

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, coupled with government action against alcohol retailing and advertising, has been the norm for the better part of around three years now.

Russian consumers hamper Carlsberg's outlook - CFO 19 Aug 2015

Carlsberg's CFO has said the company is “a little more negative” on Russia's consumers after continued problems in the country forced a full-year forecast downgrade.

Brown-Forman's Russian glass half-full 4 Mar 2015

The CFO of Brown-Forman has offered hope to Russia's alcohol market, claiming that the company is "doing pretty well" in the challenging country.

Comment - Carlsberg's Russian Reboot 29 Jan 2015

That, in just the space of two days, Carlsberg has announced both a pay freeze and the closure of two Russian breweries, speaks volumes about the seriousness of the situation in its Eastern European stronghold.

Carlsberg chases lifeline but Russian fog remains 11 Nov 2014

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.

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Whisk(e)y hit as Russia's spirits imports plunge 22 Jan 2016

Whisk(e)y imports to Russia dropped by almost a quarter last year as alcohol shipments posted record declines in the struggling market, according to local reports.

Roust takes on JP Chenet distribution in Russia 8 Dec 2015

Russian Standard owner Roust is to take over Russian distribution and marketing of Les Grands Chais de France's JP Chenet wine brands.

Russia cracks down on illegal alcohol - report 9 Oct 2015

Russia is to destroy seized illegal alcohol in a bid to stamp out a growing counterfeit market, a report has said.

Diageo switches Russian J&B distribution 11 Sep 2015

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

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

Roust takes on Bushmills distribution in Russia 29 May 2015

Roust Inc, the owner of Russian Standard vodka, is to take over distribution of Casa Cuervo's Bushmills Irish Whiskey in Russia.

Moscow to ban alcoholic energy drinks - report 24 Mar 2015

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

PepsiCo to close Russian juice plant 2 Mar 2015

PepsiCo has confirmed it is to shut one of its fruit juice plants in Russia.

Russia cuts minimum vodka price - report 4 Feb 2015

Russia has lowered its minimum vodka price by 16% as the country battles currency deflation and a falling global oil price, according to reports.

Carlsberg shuts two Russian breweries 29 Jan 2015

Carlsberg is to close two of its ten Russian breweries with the loss of up to 600 jobs.

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Putin's Coca-Cola dig misses the mark 19 Dec 2014

The Coca-Cola Co has had its fair share of critics this year, from health campaigners to investor David Winters, who this week called for CEO Muhtar Kent to be replaced.