Since its establishment in 1990, the Baltika Brewery state enterprise quickly became part of an open joint venture company Baltic Beverages Holdings (BBH). This was formed in 1992 by Scandinavian companies Orkla from Norway, and Hartwall of Finland. "Baltika" the brand was born, and Baltika Brewery was the first brewery in Russia to be equipped with modern European brewing technologies.
In 1998 the brewery reorganised its business model and subsequently renamed itself from Baltika Brewery to Baltika Breweries.
Control shifted in 2003, and BBH was a 50:50 owned joint venture between Carlsberg A/S and Scottish & Newcastle plc.. Baltika Breweries controlling hand was changed again 5 years later, since the start of 2008 Carlsberg became the sole owner.
In 2006 Baltika Breweries merged with 3 other Russian breweries, Vena, Pikra and Yarpivo.
Baltika owns 19 breweries: 4 in the Baltic countries, 3 in Ukraine, 1 in Kazakhstan and the remaining 11 are based in Russia:
In addition to its breweries, Baltika also owns two massive malt-houses, one in St. Petersburg, the other in Tula.
Baltika is the official beer supplier for the Russian Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014Baltika around the world
Baltika started exporting its beer in 1999; it now exports its products to more than 75 countries including all CIS and Baltic countries, with limited distribution in Europe; including countries such as Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, France and Switzerland. Mongolia, Israel, USA, New Zealand and Australia also get some degree of supply.Beer from Baltika
Baltika Breweries has more than 30 brands of beer and 11 non-beer brands in its portfolio.
A selection of Baltika products - with their marketing description: