Counterfeit Alcohol 37 Percent of Russian Market

Apr 26 2012 - 12:23

Despite state’s efforts to combat the problem of fake liquor production, counterfeit alcohol still made up 36.5 percent of the Russian market in 2011.

However, as a result of the Russian government’s strict new requirements and the re-licensing program, the number of spirit makers in Russia fell by a third to 341 in 2011, and the number of wholesale alcohol sellers fell by a fifth to 1,690.

According to the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation statistics, 2,264 licenses were granted last year, which is a 34.1 percent decline compared with 2010.

Compared with 2010, vodka production in 2011 fell 9.5 percent to 86.3 million deciliters, while wine output decreased 10.5 percent to 40.4 million deciliters.

Author: Jelena Jankovic

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Source: Russian News Agency RIA Novosti

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