Azerbaijan's beer producer provides 23.5 percent of Georgia's beer import

Business Materials 14 May 2010 11:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 14 / Trend N.Ismayilova /

The Baltika-Baku brewery exported 44 000 decalitres of beer to Georgia since June 2009, Company 'Director General Adam Tlekhuray said.

"In 2009, Georgia imported 187,000 decalitres of beer, of which 44,000 decalitres  fell to Baltika-Baku brewery," he said.

According to him, the beer export from Azerbaijan is conducted via road transport and the major export brands of beer are "Baltika-9", "Baltika 7, Baltika Cooler" and "Arsenalnoe".

The plant's further export to the Georgian market depends on market demand, Tlekhuray said.

To date, the plant's maximum capacity is 100 million liters per year. In 2009, the plant had produced 30 million liters of beer.

In 2009, Baltika had a major reconstruction in the Azerbaijani production platform. Total investments at the end of the investment program were approximately $ 20 million.

A cooking procedure, six Forfas, 12 cylinder-conical tanks (CCT), four bottling lines (in PET packaging, jar, glass bottle and kegs) provides the plant's production capacity at 10 million decalitres in the year. All equipment that newly installed at the Baltika-Baku enterprise were produced in the world's leading companies, such as Krones AG, Gea Brewery Systems Gmbh, Filtrox AG, Ring Crown, Pall Gmbh, etc.

Now Baltika-Baku produces such brands, as Xirdalan, Afsana, Bizim, 33 Export. Production of brands of  Baltika brand line has been launched, starting with Baltika №3, Baltika №5, Baltika №7, Baltika Kuler, as well as Arsenalnoye brand.

The brewery in Khirdalan has almost 40-year history and has replaced several names within these years. Since January, 2009, Khirdalan brewery has continues its activity as Baku-Baltika. Baltika company finished purchasing the brewery in Azerbaijan in August, 2008. As a result,  Baltika  became full owner of to 90 % in Baku-Kastel brewery.  Baltika-Baku is the first case of opening of the plant by Baltika outside of Russia.

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