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Heineken Targets The Teetotaler

Published: February 13, 2007 (Issue # 1245)


MOSCOW — Heineken, the third-biggest beer company in Russia by sales, will start selling a non-alcoholic version of its Bochkaryov beer as part of a plan to boost its market share in Russia.

Heineken’s PIT company will brew the premium Russian brand at its factory in Kaliningrad city and will start selling it this month, Heineken Russia said Monday in an e-mailed statement. Heineken has 35 beer brands in Russia.

Heineken is expanding in Russia to gain market share from competitors such as Baltic Beverages Holding AB, the country’s biggest beer producer, and as consumers drink more beer. Russian beer output jumped by 10 percent to 100 million hectoliters in 2006, according to the Federal Statistics Service. One hectoliter equals 100 liters.

“Bochkaryov is a strong national brand. It showed a significant growth in 2006,’’ said Rolan Pirmez, president for Heineken Russia, in the statement. “Bochkaryov production in Kaliningrad specifically will help strengthen our presence on the Russian market.’’

Heineken bought PIT in 2005, boosting the number of its beer plants to 10 in Russia to help make up for lack of growth in western Europe. The Russian brewer, founded in 1903, sells brands including Goesser, Koenigsberg, Doctor Diesel, Three Bears and Ostmark.

Heineken aims to increase its 16 percent share of the Russian beer market to 20 percent as it taps rising consumer demand in the country, Pirmez said July 5 in St. Petersburg.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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