The global spirits company, Amber Beverage Group (ABG), has announced that the company is standing firm with the people of Ukraine after Russian troops encroached further into Ukraine. The global spirits group has donated financial resources to the initiative Stand With Ukraine to provide support where it is most necessary.
The Group will encourage the national governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to consider streamlining legislation to enable ABG and other companies to offer jobs to Ukrainian refugees by easing the process of obtaining work permits and supporting temporary residences. ABG companies in the Baltic States are ready to coordinate the provision of necessary supplies for Ukrainians who had to flee their homeland, working with organizations to help purchase or provide necessary materials.
Jekaterina Stuģe, the Chief Executive Officer at Amber Beverage Group, said: “With deep roots in the Baltic region, we could not silently observe what is happening from the sidelines. Together with much of the world we are sharing sadness and deep concerns due to the escalating situation in Ukraine and we are looking for practical opportunities to help. Military action in Ukraine is unacceptable for us and we aim to offer support to the people affected. Apart from the donation, we will be looking for further opportunities to give aid to our near neighbours.”
She added: “Today more than ever we want to emphasize that Amber Beverage Group is a Luxembourg-headquartered, global company and that our business and our core brands, like, Moskovskaya Vodka, Riga Black Balsam, Rooster Rojo Tequila and others, are international brands, built on cultural heritage and produced in Latvia, Estonia, Ireland, or Mexico, mainly using production materials from European countries. In seven years, we have grown from a pan-Baltic spirits business into a leading producer, distributor, logistics service provider and retailer of beverages serving thousands of clients across the globe.”
The company acknowledges that the escalation of the military and political situation potentially will have an impact on its business, yet difficult to be estimated due to high uncertainty. We are agile and ready to employ an innovative approach to find the best solutions to minimise risk for our business and help people that are in trouble.
The company has informed its 2,000 employees and collaboration partners about its stand and ABG’s management team is working to assess the potential impact of the situation. An action plan for the successful and sustainable operation of the Group is already being developed and is being customised to meet the changing situation.
Amber Beverage Group is a rapidly growing global spirits company, whose products are found in millions of households and venues across the globe. ABG core brands are Moskovskaya® Vodka, KAH® Tequila, Riga Black Balsam®, The Irishman® Whiskey, Writers’ Tears® Whiskey, Rooster Rojo® Tequila, Cross Keys Gin® and Cosmopolitan Diva®. ABG produces, bottles, markets, distributes, exports, and retails a comprehensive range of beverages of which it owns more than 100 and is responsible for marketing and distributing 1,300 third-party drinks brands, spanning everything from premium vodka and sparkling wines to speciality Mexican tequilas and Irish whiskey.
The company has grown from its original core production business in the pan-Baltic region established in 1900, to a global spirits industry player that unites around 2,000 employees in almost 20 companies all over the globe.