Russian Beer Output Declined 10.8% in March From Year Earlier

April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Russian beer production declined 10.8 percent in March from a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Federal Statistics Service.

Production of so-called light beer advanced 40.2 percent last month compared with February, the service said today in an e-mailed statement.

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

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