Baltika Brewery was constructed upon the project of Gipropischeprom-2 institute as one of the breweries of Lenpivo - Leningrad beer and non-alcoholic drinks production association. Construction of the brewery was started in 1978 and was followed by the establishment of state-owned Baltika brewery” enterprise after the construction was finished in 1990.
The first batch of beer was dispatched to the trade outlet in November 1990, when there were only 27 thousand liters of beer produced. The unified Baltika brand did not exist at that moment; the beer was produced under the well-known Zhigulevskoe, Rizhskoe, Admiralteyskoe, Prazdnichnoe brands.
1992 was a start of brewery privatization and it was reorganized in its legal form for open joint-stock company. 28 legal entities and more than 2000 individuals became the shareholders of Baltika. Baltic Beverages Holding AВ (BBH) – the Scandinavian holding formed by Hartwall (Finland), Pripps (Sweden), Ringnes (Norway) companies in 1991 for the purpose of investing into brewing industry in the countries of former Soviet Union – turned into the biggest shareholder and investor. Later on the companies became a part of Carlsberg and Scottish&Newcastle that shared the BBH assets equally (50% / 50%).
Meanwhile there was started the development of own Baltika trade mark. Baltika beer was supposed to become a beer of the highest European quality, brewed according to the traditional technology. Implementing this task management of the brewery worked out the first investment program of plant reconstruction and development. Owing to the implementation of this program Baltika turned into the first brewery in Russia equipped with the most high-tech European equipment.
1996 was a significant year for Baltika – from that time and on Baltika has been keeping a leading position in the Russian beer market.
Baltika’s Regional expansion started in 1997 when there was a major share of stock of Donskoe pivo brewery in Rostov-on-Don acquired. Tulskoe pivo brewery also became a part of Baltika in October 1999. At the same time there was an investment program worked out by the departments of Baltika company which was aimed at capacities increase of the breweries acquired and the replacement of obsolete equipment. In 1998 “Baltika” also starts to establish the net of sales departments in the regions. Therefore Baltika Brewery OJSC name becomes irrelevant.
In 1998 shareholders approved the decision of the Board of Directors to change the name of the company for Baltika Breweries OJSC.
Meanwhile equipment upgrade of all the production sites of the company was ongoing. Thus in 1999 there was a construction of automated finished goods warehouse finished on the territory of Baltika brewery in Saint-Petersburg. The warehouse itself is unique in its system of high automatization and capability to perform unloading of goods into truck and railway transport.