Russian Beer Output Rose 11.1% in December From Year Earlier

Russian beer production increased in December from a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Federal Statistics Service.

Production rose 11.1 percent compared with December 2008, after a 3.7 percent increase in November, the service said today in an e-mailed statement. Output rose 22.2 percent from November.

Russian beer output fell 4.8 percent in 2009 from a year earlier to 1.1 billion decaliters, according to the report.

Carlsberg A/S’s (CARLB) OAO Baltika Breweries is Russia’s largest beer producer, with 39 percent of the market by value in the first 11 months of 2009, followed by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI), with 16 percent, according to researcher Business Analytica. Heineken NV (HEIA) is third-largest, with 13 percent, followed by SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Anadolu Efes Biracilik & Malt Sanayii AS (AEFES), with 10 percent each.

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