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Post date: 08/21/2014 - 12:20

Carlsberg Considering Russian Brewery Closures

Carlsberg is considering closing some of its breweries in Russia as consumer spending will be impacted more negatively than previously anticipated.

Following the Danish brewer's half-year results announcement, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen said the company has already taken “tough decisions” at its Baltic Beverages Holdings division in Russia, including structural changes in logisitics, sales and production. The company has seen a “significant” reduction in headcount at BBH in the last few years.

Carlsberg is considering closing some of its breweries in Russia as consumer spending will be impacted more negatively than previously anticipated.

Following the Danish brewer's half-year results announcement, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen said the company has already taken “tough decisions” at its Baltic Beverages Holdings division in Russia, including structural changes in logisitics, sales and production. The company has seen a “significant” reduction in headcount at BBH in the last few years.

Rasmussen added: “We are considering brewery closures as well. We will not comment further on such closures, but will come back to you when final decisions are made.”

Carlsberg currently operates ten breweries in the country. Its rivals, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes, part owned SABMiller, have both been forced to close breweries in Russia.

Brewers have struggled in Russia as a clampdown on beer sales last year has hampered the market. Carlsberg's first-half sales in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, fell by 18%. The performance was also blamed on the “uncertain macroenvironment, weak economic development and bad weather”.