Specialists of Carlsberg Research Laboratory visited the headquarters of Baltika Breweries in Saint Petersburg. In the framework of this meeting, new and ongoing projects on innovations and relevant researches were considered with colleagues from the Department for Innovation and Research EE.
To discuss current issues and global initiatives, a delegation consisting of seven people arrived from Denmark to Saint Petersburg, among them – Birgitte Skadhauge, the Vice President for Research of Carlsberg Group, and Zoran Gojkovic, Director of Carlsberg Research Center. Here they met with employees from the Department for Innovation and Research EE, which was established with merging the research center of Baltika Breweries and Carlsberg Research Laboratory.
Dmitrii Afonin, Innovation & Research Director EE, said: “The development of brewing is closely related to innovations. Each discovery is a driver for new studies in different areas. Behind each discovery there are people who contribute to the future. Teamwork is a crucial factor here that allows us to accumulate expertise of specialists from all over the world to “brew beer for a better today and tomorrow”. The future of brewing depends on innovations, and the goal of such regular meetings is to develop promising projects that will allow us to strengthen the position of Carlsberg Group at the global level and to contribute to the future of brewing.”
Throughout its history, Carlsberg Laboratory keep taking an active part in studying and developing the process of brewing. Its scientists have discovered pure culture of yeast Saccharomyces сarlsbergensis as well as an acidity scale (pH) which are of global significance. One of the latest achievements of the laboratory is the barley genome mapping and launching the project “beer fingerprinting”, which allows us to analyze the taste of a drink by means of artificial intelligence. And all these achievements are the result of hard daily work of Carlsberg Group scientists and specialists from different countries, including Russia.
Carlsberg Group and Baltika being a part of it have always introduced innovations, used advanced approaches and solutions to further develop the company. Thus, Baltika became the first company in Russia to engineer its own strain of yeast, to produce non-alcoholic beer with the membrane filtration method, which allowed to completely preserve the flavor and aroma of a drink. It was also the first company among other brewing companies to complete certification under the integrated management system with introduction of quality management system (ISO 9001), food safety (ISO 22000), environmental management (ISO 14001), occupational safety and health management (OHSAS 18001) as well as the system of energy management (ISO 50001) at the enterprise.
To produce its beer, Baltika uses malt obtained with the use of unique brewing barley developed by the Carlsberg Selection Center. Three brewing barley varieties – “Chill”, “Cherio” and “Charles” – were entered into the state registry of the Russian Federation. Their beneficial properties, confirmed with the patent WO 2005/087934, help in particular slow down the processes of beer oxidation, which allow consumers to enjoy the fresh taste and aroma of a drink for a longer time.
Zoran Gojkovic, Director of Carlsberg Research Center, said: “The goal of Carlsberg Research Laboratory has always been and is to develop the art of brewing to reach the highest possible pitch of excellence. And today, we spend a lot of time and money to develop new approaches, which allow ensuring the high quality of our products.
Different regions of Carlsberg Group have their own challenges but challenges in Russia differ much, for instance, from those of Denmark or any other country. During such meetings, we tried to integrate all the objectives that are set ahead to find the best solution to the benefit of beer quality and taste. And Baltika’s experience is quite essential, as here we are ready for new approaches and fresh looks into the process of brewing.”
The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. Our flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg and Tuborg brands are among the eight biggest brands in Europe. Find out more at www.carlsberggroup.com.
About Carlsberg Research Laboratory
The Carlsberg Laboratory was set up in 1875 to advance the scientific understanding of malting, brewing and fermenting processes. It is renowned for a number of extraordinary scientific discoveries of the past century, ranging from Professor Dr. Emil Chr. Hansen’s method of purifying yeast to the development of the pH scale, the concept of protein structure and the characterization of enzymes that now enables low temperature clothes laundering. Find out more at http://www.carlsberggroup.com
Baltika Breweries LLC, part of the Carlsberg Group is one of the largest FMCG producers in Russia. Since 1996, the company has been ranked Number One in the Russian beer market. Baltika owns 8 breweries in Russia and enjoys an expanded brand portfolio. The company is an essential part of Carlsberg Group and its region of Eastern Europe which also includes Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Baltika Breweries is the leading exporter of Russian beer: its products are represented in more than 75 countries of the world, for 43 of them the company is the only Russian supplier in this category.