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Tuesday 17.07.2018 | Name days: Aleksejs, Aleksis

This week the world celebrates the birthday of vodka

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUJanuary 31st is considered the unofficial birthday of vodka, because it was on this day in 1865 that famous Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev defended his work «A Discourse on the combination of alcohol and water». It is believed that he was the one to discover the ideal proportion of water and spirit, which forms the definition for vodka. Nowadays, vodka is the most popularly sold alcoholic drink in the world.

In Latvia, vodka forms 21% of the total market of legal alcohol (except for beer).

In spite of the trend in Latvia, and most of European states, for the vodka market to decline (sales dropped 4.4% in 2014), demand for ultra and premium-class vodka is on a rise in the world.

«Data on sales shows that demand for high-quality vodka grows by an average of 3-8% in different markets of the world every year. This demonstrates the presence of a stable range of consumers of this alcoholic drink in many parts of the world,» – says SPI Distribution (Latvia) representative and head of Stolichnaya brand Karina Petersone.

As the largest Latvian producer and exporter of vodka, Latvijas balzams had produced more than 3.3 million decalitres of vodka last year. The proportion of Stolichnaya brand premium class vodka in that volume was 2.7 million decalitres or 82%. In total, LB produces more vodka in more than 50 different brands and flavours.

Stolichnaya brand vodka, which LB has been producing since 1948, is exported to 180 markets of the world. It is also one of the most popular Latvian export products. The largest export markets in this regard are USA, Canada, Chile, Austria, Greece, Israel and Lebanon.

According to the head of LB alcoholic drinks production line Aija Zablocka, the company produces vodka only using high-quality ethyl spirit, which is carefully inspected in a laboratory prior to use. Water, which is the largest component in vodka, is carried from artesian wells and is then cleaned.

In order to obtain crystal clarity, transparency and soft taste, the company uses different innovative approaches on top of the classic filtration through quartz sand and active coal. These innovative approaches include filtration through coal with silver, filtration through golden or amber filtres and deep frost with low-temperature filtration.


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  1. Linda says:

    really! I thought Carlsberg 9% special brew was the favourite of alcos.

  2. Local in some way says:

    Owners of “latvian vodka factory” which produces Stolichnaya are russians. Local latvians mostly buy a cheap and strong, low quality beer in 2L bottles or illegal and cheaper alcohol from illegal sellers. The same is with fuel and ciggs. That’s because country’s economy is in the very deep #### , sorry, recession and people can’t afford anything better. In news you can read about very successful growth but the real life is slightly different. Many people at the age from 20 to 40 leave the country looking for better living conditions in Scandinavia, Germany or UK. In rural areas people drink anything to get drunk. Happy vodka day!

    • Linda says:

      unfortunately I can’t drink any more … a few years ago to have internal tv viewing and the stuff had to drink to clear insides messed up my taste and smell senses; so if you could taste what I have tasted in alcohol since you wouldn’t drink it either. Perfume is not much better; the strong ones stink of toilet cleaner and the weaker ones cant detect any scent at all. Prosit!

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