Counterfeit Alcohol 37 Percent of Russian Market
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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