25 Mar 2010 17:01

Carlsberg Group starts bottling Baltika #7 beer in Ukraine

KYIV. March 25 (Interfax) - Major international brewer Carlsberg Group has begun bottling Baltika #7 beer at Slavutich plants in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhya in Ukraine.

Slavutich, Carlsberg Group's General Director Pyotr Chernyshev said at a Thursday press conference in Kyiv that the beer is being bottled in 0.5-liter bottles. "We want to sell a little over 5.5 million liters [of Baltika #7] in 2010," he said.

This particular beer has not been shipped to Ukraine for about two years. Slavutich currently produces Baltika #0 Non-alcoholic, Baltika #3 Classic, and Baltika #9 Strong in Ukraine.

Baltika beers occupied 22% of Ukraine's premium-beer market at the end of 2009, up from 20.7% in 2008.

Slavutich, Carlsberg Group brews Baltika #7 and other Baltika beers under a license agreement with Baltika Brewing Company of Russia. Slavutich is one of Ukraine's largest brewers, combining Slavutich Brewing Company in Zaporizhzhya, the Kyiv brewery Slavutich, and JSC Lviv Brewing.

The company produces the labels Slavutich, Lvvskye, Tuborg, Carlsberg, Forester's, Holsten, Baltika, Arsenal, Kmlnye, Pepsi, 7UP, and Taras kvas.