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PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine receives Grand Prix, gold and silver for their beer quality (Translation)

6 September 2011

September 2, 2011 saw the results of the XIV International Awards in beer, alcohol-free and low alcoholic beverages and mineral and drinking waters awarded. On the jury's decision, Miller Brands Ukraine were awarded the Grand Prix, three gold medals and one silver medal.

The competition has been traditionally organized by Ukrpivo trade company incorporating the Ukrainian manufacturers of alcohol-free beverages, beer and malt.

This year the panel of judges consisted of independent experts from Ukraine, Russia, Byelorussia and the Czech Republic. The sample evaluation was done by the "blind" tasting method where the experts were unaware of the beer brand they were tasting. They judged the beverages' organoleptic qualities - appearance, colour, taste and consistency.

Miller Brands Ukraine submitted five samples of their products for competition - beers Zolotaya Bochka Draft, Zolotaya Bochka Light, Zolotaya Bochka Classic, Amstedam Mariner and Zhygulivske.

The awards were distributed as follows: Zolotaya Bochka Light won the Grand Prix, the highest award of the competition. Zolotaya Bochka Classic, Amsterdam Mariner and Zhygulivske brands won the gold medals, and Zolotaya Bochka Draft won the silver medal. 

"Making beer at the Miller Brands Ukraine brewery is a complicated, highly technological process involving strict observance of the recipe, a multi-level quality control at all stages of production and an exact following of their parent company SABMiller's high standards. Another secret of Miller Brands Ukraine excellent beer quality lies in its 100 per cent natural raw materials - ideally, purified water, high quality Ukrainian malt, best German and Czech hops", said Miller Brands Ukraine Technical Director Vasily Basmanov. "We are happy that the jury's opinion on the taste of our beer agrees with that of the Ukrainian consumers".

This year's awards have added to Miller Brands Ukraine already large collection from previous years' competitions, including six Grand Prix and 13 gold medals.
Contact Details
Valentin Boinitsky
Head of Corporate Affairs, Miller Brands Ukraine, a subsidiary of SABMiller plc
tel. +380 (44) 393 2676 ext. 6732, mob. +380 (50) 312 0244,

About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc
is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.

About Miller Brands Ukraine

PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine is a subsidiary of SABMiller plc. In July 2008 SABMiller plc acquired 99.84% of JSC Sarmat. At the end of 2010 the company changed the name from JSC Sarmat to PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine. The brand portfolio of Miller Brands Ukraine includes local brands like Sarmat and Zhygulivske, as well as well-known international brands: Miller Genuine Draft (imported), Zolotaya Bochka (Russian premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence), Velkopopovicky Kozel (Czech premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence) and Amsterdam Mariner (Dutch brand, produced in Ukraine under licence).

Miller Brands Ukraine product quality is guaranteed by the SABMiller beer standards system as well as by the ISO 22000:2005 certificate (ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management System).

About Ukrpivo
Ukrainian trade organization AT Ukrpivo
is a coordinating authority that brings together the key figures in the industry. It deals with the technology, quality and production certification issues as well as research and commercial information distribution. It organizes trade fairs and competitions.

About Zolotaya Bochka
Zolotaya Bochka
is a Russian premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence. This rich and pure-tasting beer is brewed to classic recipes without preservatives or production process accelerating methods. Zolotaya Bochka is distinguished by its specific draught beer taste and flavour that is preserved even when bottled. Zolotaya Bochka has many international awards including two gold medals (in 2003 and 2006) at the prestigious Monde Selection International Beer Competition in Brussels (Belgium).

Zolotaya Bochka Light (Grand Prix) is a lager offering an ideal balance of lightness and intensity in taste, 4% alc. and 11% density. 

Zolotaya Bochka Classic (gold medal) is a traditional light beer with a pronounced rich taste, 5% alc. and 12% density.

Zolotaya Bochka Draft (silver medal) is a light beer with a rich and pronounced malt taste achieved through the beer's higher density and two-malt blend, 5.2% alc. and 12.7 % density.

About Amsterdam Mariner
Amsterdam Mariner is a licenced brand from global portfolio of SABMiller plc, a classic European lager with light refreshing bitterness, 4.5% alc. and 11.2% density. Brewed under licence from Grolsch International B.V., Netherlands.

About Zhygulivske
Zhygulivske (gold medal)
is a classic light beer, 4.4% alc. and 11 % density. It has been brewed in Donetsk since 1962. The present Miller Brands Ukraine Zhygulivske follows precisely the classic Soviet recipe thereby retaining its legendary taste so familiar to several generations of the Ukrainians.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [02/09/2011].

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