FBD: Obolon and Slavutich Carlsberg Group to resume beer exports to Belarus

By Eugene Vorotnikov

October 30 2009 - The largest Ukrainian breweries Obolon and Slavutich Carlsberg Group will resume beer exports to Belarus, according to Ukrainian media. Currently both companies account for nearly 90% of the total Ukrainian beer exports to Belarus.

All the, shipments were halted in the middle August due to problems with the Belarusian beer distributor"Aramis and K" Company.

According to Obolon's corporate affairs director Sergei Kravets, the deliveries were resumed earlier this month. "We have signed a contract with another company-distributor. Now our products are returned to the shelves of the Belarusian supermarkets. However their levels are not as large as in the past," - said Kravets.

He also added that due to temporary absence from the Belarus market the financial losses of Obolon may exceed $1 million.

At the same time, the second largest beer exporter to Belarus Slavutich Carlsberg Group intends to resume deliveries next week.

"A new company will deal with the distribution of our products in the Belarusian market", - said Roman Bondar, the export manager of the company "Slavutich Carlsberg Group". According to his estimates, the exports to Belarus this year will be lower than originally planned by 15%



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