Brewer Carlsberg Halts Exports, New Investments Into Russia

By Dave Simpson
Brewer Carlsberg Halts Exports, New Investments Into Russia

Danish brewer Carlsberg CARLB.CO has said that it would halt new investments into Russia and suspend exports of beer and other beverages to the country as a result of its invasion of Ukraine.

Statement By Chief Executive

"Carlsberg Group has decided to immediately stop new investments into Russia as well as exports from other Carlsberg Group companies to Baltika Breweries in Russia," chief executive Cees 't Hart said in a statement

"We will respect all applicable sanctions being put in place and continue to assess the situation in relation to our business in Russia," he added.

"Finished Goods"

Carlsberg, which condemned the acts of violence in Ukraine, said that the export ban primarily entailed "finished goods", meaning beer and other beverages, which are not produced in Russia, as well as packaging material.

Baltika Breweries

Baltika Breweries, part of the Carlsberg Group, owns eight breweries in Russia and has approximately 8,300 employees, according to the company's website.


Statement By Sydbank Analyst

"Basically this means business as usual but that its Russian business now will run as an isolated unit," Sydbank analyst Per Fogh told Reuters, adding that the decision was not likely to impact Carlsberg's offering to Russian consumers.

Tough Competition

Carlsberg has struggled with tough competition in Russia, its main Eastern European market, since it took control of Baltika, the country's largest beer brand in 2008.

Ukraine Production Halt

The brewer, which has a 31% share of Ukraine's beer market, has also halted production at its three breweries in the country.

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