Russian brewer Baltika - a unit of Baltic Beverages Holding and a joint venture between Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle - is to produce and market mineral water both in Russia and the Far East.

The water - Khrustalnaya, meaning ‘crystal clear’ - will be produced at Baltika’s breweries in Tula and Khabarovsk, its main markets will be Moscow, St Petersburg, Central Russia and the Far East.

Baltika’s move follows on the heels of food and drink company Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods, which started producing mineral water earlier this year, as Russians look towards a healthy lifestyle and because tap water is often unfit for drinking.

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