The salary of Yaroslavl brewers approach to $ 1000 per month.
Yaroslavl brewers in 2003 got $ 47,4 millions of net profit. The general director Anatoly Arzimanov in high spirits conducted the press conference about the totals of activity of the joint-stock company "Yarpivo" in 2003. As Mr. Arzimanov informed, the company, his company was recognized as the best Russian company in the nomination "For the most dynamical development". In 2003 it increased beer sales volume up to 53 million decilitres, that is 14 % above the level of 2002, when 46,5 million decilitres were sold. And the net profit of joint-stock company in 2003 reached 1 billion 460 million roubles, or $ 47,4 millions, while in 2002 it was 1 billion 318 million roubles, or $ 42 millions. And that is how the company have disposed the obtained profit: 70 % were spent for renovation and technical reequipment of the company, it is $ 38,7 millions that is significantly higher than in 2002. For example, in 2003 the modern elevator was put into exploitation. Now foreign brewers come to see it. But at the same time the general director pointed out, that a wage considerably grew from the average 16 thousand roubles in 2002 up to 23,5 thousand roubles in 2003. "You, probably, paid your attention, that all area in front of the plant is crammed with personal automobiles of our employees - Mr. Arzimanov said. It pleases me. It means, that for brewers have money, and they should not think how to feed their families. In other words, our employees on their work think only of work, how to increase its efficiency ". By the way, a good work of brewers is mirrored the most favourable way in the welfare of all population of the region. It is enough to say, that in 2003 the payment of taxes by the company amounted to1 billion 705 million roubles, or $ 57 millions, that is 9 % higher than the indexes of 2002, when the sum of paid taxes was 1 billion 559 million roubles, or $ 50 millions. Apart from it, in 2003 "Yarpivo JSC" rendered the charitable help to the establishments of public health services, culture, education, sports, and also organizations of the invalids and veterans at a rate of 4 million roubles. In particular, money of the joint-stock company were spent for the repair of a surgery block of oncologic hospital. And what will 2004 be for the brewers of the company? "I am sure, that it will be very good ", - Mr. Arzimanov said. And than he illustrates, that by the volume of sales "Yarpivo" will reach a higher level - 58 million decilitres. Accordingly will grow the net profit and the average salary of the workers, which will reach $ 1000. And there is more interesting news, which was promulgated by the general director: in 2004 new magnificent sorts of Yaroslavl beer will appear in sale. They will take the names of national actors, well known not only in Russia, but also abroad. In the end Mr. Arzimanov was asked a question whether he is going to go to politics? " No, I am not, - without meditations answered Mr.Arzimanov, - Though I was pulled in different parties for many times. But I refused and still refuse. And you know, why? The thing is that today this party may exist and tomorrow it disappears. These words of Mr. Arzimanov caused the amicable laughter in the hall. On this cheerful note the press conference of the leader of the company was finished.

"The Krestiyanskie Vedomosti" "Russian Brewers Union"

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$ 30 millions were invested in the building of the second sequential queue of the "Veda-Pack" CSC plant
The second sequential queue of the "Veda-Pack" plant in Kingiseppe (Leningrad area) with the power of 300 million bottles annually is planned put into operation in the first quarter of 2004. In its building $ 30 millions is invested, informed PR service of "Veda-Pack". Also in 2004-2005 the building of the plant for plate glass production is planned in Novgorod. And the building of double plant in the city of Ruzaevka (Mordovian Republic) with planned output of 600 million bottles annually will be proceeded. Let's remind, that "Veda-Pack" was built in 2002. Now the first sequential queue of the plant in Kingiseppe, with the power of 300 million bottles annually is put into exploitation. Such volumes of production allow to satisfy about 75 % of the market of Northwest. "Veda-Pack" makes glass packaging of transparent glass with different volume and design. The main range is different kinds of exclusive bottle and glass production, which are delivered to the companies "Aalto", "Veda", "Vienna", "Craft Foods ", "Krystall", "Ladoga", "Lebediansky", "Liviz", "Poliustrovo", to the companies of "Ost" group, "Tinkoff", "Altia Group Oy". The sales are realized through direct contracts. Entering of Finland market is also planned. Raw materials are delivered by Ramensk plant, "Soda", "Kavdolomit", "Inkotrade", "Himkotrade", "Akronagrosbyt".

"RosBusinessConsulting" "Russian Brewers Union"

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"Poltavpivo" plans to increase production
In 2004 "Poltavpivo" CSC (Poltava) plans to increase beer production 30 %, or 0,64 million decilitres. Contrasted to 2003 it is up to 2,774 million decilitres. As the representative of the plant has informed, the increase of productivity is planned to be reached by the increase of powers after the renovation of the equipment, improvement of the production quality and dilating of commodity markets. As he said, after the start of the new boiling shop in summer of 2003, the power of "Poltavpivo" was increased 250 %, or 5 million decilitres (up to 7 million decilitres of beer annually). In 2003 "Poltavpivo" increased beer production 26,03 %, or 0,44 million decilitres, contrasted to 2002 (up to 2,134 million decilitres). "Sarmat" CSC (DONETSK) is among four greatest brewing companies of Ukraine. "Sarmat" possesses 51 % of the shares of "Dnepropetrovsk brewery "Dnepr " JSC (Dnepropetrovsk), 90,6 % of "Lugansk brewery" JSC, 90,5 % of "Poltavpivo" CSC, 77,26 % of " Kiev Brewery 1", 93,98 % of "Crimea" beer and soft drinks plant" (Simferopol), 10 % of "Ukrpivo" and 51 % of "Brewers and hop growers union". In 2003 "Sarmat" increased beer production 17,3 % contrasted to 2002, up to 15,271 million decilitres.
"UNIAN" "APK-Inform"

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"Lvov Brewery" is going to increase production 2 %
In 2004 "Lvov Brewery" the plant of the Scandinavian concern "" which is among ten largest productions in Ukraine is going to increase the volume of production 2% contrasted to 2003. It means the increase of production 250000 decilitres, that is to say that the general volume of beer in 2004 will make about 11 million decilitres. The production director of the company Vygondas Repechka informed about it. As he said, the plant is going to increase production by the issue of new sorts of beer and increase of commodity market. In 2003 the company planned to increase (contrasted to 2002) beer production 17,65 % (up to 10 million decilitres). In November 2003 "Lvov Brewery" increased beer production 17,5 % (up to 0,711 million decilitres).

" Pisheprom of Ukraine "

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"Aton" sells "Patra"
Among the potential buyers are "SUN Interbrew" and "Ivan Taranov Breweries" In several weeks the investment group "Aton" plans to complete negotiations about the sale of the working control of Ekaterinburg brewing company "Patra". As the most probable buyers the analysts call the companies "SUN Interbrew" and "Ivan Taranov Breweries". Thus the experts estimate the cost of the company as $ 50 millions, and the seller as $ 75 millions. Ekaterinburg "Patra" is a large regional brewing company; its powers are compared to Tver plant "Afanasiy" or "Irkutskpisheprom". Under the data of the informational agency "Interfax-Ural" last year the plant produced about 6,9 million decilitres of beer. Under the data of the marketing agency "Business Analytica" at the end of the last year "Patra" took about 0,6 % of the beer market of Russian Federation. The working control of the company (50,56 %) belongs to "Brewing company "Patra" CSC, close to the management of the company, 25,5 % to the company "RedkaufInvest" and 23,82 % to "Damsel Ventures Ltd". As the vice-president of the investment group "Aton" Cyril Lipa informed, his company is the investment adviser of the holders of the working control of "Patra" shares and seeks for the buyer. As he said, the proposals were sent to the potential buyers in May of the last year. In the middle of summer "Aton" employed the advisers for financial check of the company. The high-ranking employee of "Patra" promised to give the commenting later, referring to the absence of the general director. The main claimants for purchasing of approximately 75 % of "Patra" shares the vice-president of "Aton" Aleksandr Agibalov calls "SUN Interbrew" and "Ivan Taranov Breweries ". "Aton" estimates the cost of "Patra" not less than $ 75 millions, taking into account the fact that the powers of the company today are not fully loaded. By the supposition of the "Aton" representative, the bargain can be finished within several nearest weeks. The chairman of the supervisory council of "PIT" Evgeny Kashper confirmed the fact of negotiations with "Aton". However, as he said, there were no meetings with the owners of Ekaterinburg company and negotiations "have not come in practical plane ". The proposal to purchase "Patra" received also Oleg Tinkov, but he refused. His time is possessed with the building of his own plant in St.-Petersburg. The vice-president of the company "SUN" Igor Gundobin refused from commenting. The independent analysts consider the most probable buyer of "Patra" the Belgian group "SUN", which controls about a quarter of the Ekaterinburg company. "SUN" is also the shareholder of the company "SUN Interbrew", making beer "Tolstyak" and "Klinskoye". " It is the most probable buyer. They already have a share in " Patra ", moreover the company experiences lacks of powers for beer production", - the analyst of "Alpha - bank" Aleksandr Svinov supposes. As Mr.Svinov supposes, the cost of the company will be varied in the limits of $ 50 millions, because the powers of Ekaterinburg plant remain underloaded. The analyst of the company "Renaissance Capital" Natalia Zagvozdina also considers "SUN Interbrew" as the most probable claimant for the working control of "Patra". She reminds, that the managers of the Belgian company earlier showed interest to Ekaterinburg firm. Half a year ago "SUN" already made large purchasing: the company bought for Kaha Bendukidze a brewery in Chuvashiya "Bulgar-Hmel", having interrupted the proposal of Oleg Tinkov. Nevertheless "SUN Interbrew" remains the only large company working in Russia, which still lacks own powers. According to the analysts of UFG, if the company had additional powers, in 2003 it could produce more 8 % of beer. The purchase of "Patra", if it takes place, eliminates this deficit, forecasts Mrs.Zagvozdina from "Renaissance". However, "PIT" is also interested in increase of powers. In the autumn of the last year it announced about the plans to construct own plant in Moscow suburbs.

"The Vedomosti" "Russian Brewers Union "

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In 2004 about 178 million decilitres of beer will be produced in Ukraine
Production of beer in Ukraine due to the active sales in the hot summer season in 2003 has grown, under the operative data, up to 166,45 million decilitres (from 149,8 millions in 2002). In 2004 The specialists of "Ukrpivo" amalgamation forecast production of beer at a level about 178 million decilitres, that will make the increase of 7 % to the volume of 2003. In the beginning of the last year the specialists forecast production of beer at a level of 160 million decilitres for all 2003 , however active sales of the drink in summer months have improved final outcomes. In 2000, under the information of "Ukrpivo", the rates of production volumes growth amounted to 28 % (annual volume of 107,4 million decilitres), in 2001 - 21.4 % (130,4 million decilitres) and in 2002 - 14,9 % (149,8 million decilitres). The main producers of beer in Ukraine are four large companies two of which belong to the western producers. These four companies make more than 90 % of all Ukrainian beer. " Sun Interbrew Ukraine " possesses three large plants - "Rogan" (Kharkov), "Desna" (Chernigov) and "Yantar" (Nikolaev) and produces six brands of beer. The Scandinavian holding "Baltic Beverages Holding" (BBH) owns: joint-stock company "Slavutich" (Zaporozhye) and "Lvov Brewery", producing beer of four main brands. The largest Ukrainian producer of beer - "Obolon" CSC (KIEV) last year made 44,4 million decilitres of beer, that is 14,2 % exceeded a volume of production in 2002. "Sarmat" Group, which includes Donetsk brewery "Sarmat", "Crimea" beer and soft drinks plant, "Lugansk brewery", "Poltavpivo" CSC, "Kiev Brewery N1", Dnepropetrovsk beer and soft drinks plant "Dnepr" (51 %), in 2003 made more than 15 million decilitres (contrasted to 13 million decilitres in 2002). The largest shareholder of the company "Sarmat" is Donetsk " Systems Capital Management " (98,25 % of the shares).

" Beer of Ukraine "

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The antimonopoly committee prohibited "Sarmat" to purchase "Obolon"
The antimonopoly committee of Ukraine prohibited "Sarmat" CSC acquisition of more than 50 % of the shares of "Obolon" CSC, as it will cause essential limitation of the competition and monopoly of the national market of beer. To this solution antimonopoly committee came by the results of consideration of "Sarmat" application, informed the press service of the committee. By the conclusion of the Committee, as a result of the acquisition of the shares the integrated group of the companies "Obolon" and "Sarmat" will take 37,2 % of the national market of beer and, thus, will become the privately owned monopolist. Besides, after such operation one of four most potent competitors will vanish from the market of beer. According to the standards of the competitive legislation, these essential negative consequences of concentration give antimonopoly committee the basis for prohibition. Commenting the solution of Antimonopoly committee, its Chairman Aleksey Kostusev pointed out: "The Committee made the solution concerning "Sarmat" and "Obolon" in full accordance with competitive legislation - it does not let monopolizing of beer branch and guarantees the customers its stable development ".

"APN", " Beer of Ukraine "

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The companies of "Ukrpivo" increased malt production
The Ukrainian companies which are in the structure of "Ukrpivo" CSC, in 2003 increased production of brewing malt 7,8 % contrasted to the index of 2002 - up to 135 thousand 91,2 tons. In December these malthouses made 14 thousand 505 tons of brewing malt. In particular, the largest producers of malt in 2003 were: Slavuta malthouse, which made 67,4 thousand tons of malt (5 % more, than in 2002), Berdychev malthouse - 26,5 thousand tons (97,9 %), "Sarmat" company - 14,1 thousand tons (5,2 % less, than in 2002).

"LigueBusinessInform"

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In the season of 2004 Russia will actively buy malt and brewing barley
Under the report of Mr. Mamontov, the chief of the executive secretariat of "Russian Brewers Union", in 2003 in Russia more than 6 millions tons of barley were gathered, however only 450 thousand tons (7,5 %) have the brewing quality. In a current season Russia will import brewing barley and malt. As Mr. Mamontov marked, today the country satisfies about 70 % of the requirements in malt by import deliveries. Annually brewing companies operating in the Russian market, consume about 1,2 million tons of brewing barley. The forecast for 2004 is 1,5 million tons.

"ProAgro"

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For 2003 "Patra" brewery increased production volume 5 % - up to 855,386 million roubles
In 2003 "Patra" brewery produced 7,8 million decilitres of production, that is 4,7 % higher than the index of 2002. Among them beer makes 6,9 million decilitres (98,5 % of the level of 2002), soft drinks - 900 thousand decilitres (204 %). The production volumes in 2003 in the operational prices amounted to 855 million 386 thousand roubles (105 %). According to the approved development program the new manufacturing powers are used: the mounting and putting into operation of the water treatment plant with the power of 125 cubic metres per hour and steam boiler "Viessmann" is carried out. The conducted measures allowed to make cheaper product cost, to improve quality of beer. In 2003 brand portfolio of the company was filled up with 3 sorts of beer and 5 sorts of soft drinks. On the premises of the plant the bottling of mineral and potable water is adjusted. Today "Patra" brewery is the largest producer of beer and soft drinks in the Ural region and enters the number of twenty leading Russian beer and soft drinks companies.

MFD.RU "Russian Brewers Union"


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