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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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Heineken to close Kaliningrad brewery in Russia 12 Oct 2016

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

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

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

Russia raises minumum price for vodka - report 14 Jun 2016

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

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. 

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

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

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

Carlsberg commits to Russia as CEO lays out plans 16 Mar 2016

Carlsberg has said it will stay in Russia despite the country’s declining beer market as the brewer outlined a new strategy to revitalise its business.

Spirits exports plunge as sanctions bite in Russia 17 Feb 2016

Russian spirits exports dropped by two-fifths last year, according to a report.

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.

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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.