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Saturday, 10.10.2015, 21:17
A Norwegian court on September 21st sentenced a Latvian pilot working for the Latvian national airline airBaltic to 10 months in prison for failing a blood alcohol test at Oslo Airport last month, informed DPA/LETA.
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The Latvijas balzams (LB) beverages Riga Black Balsam Element and the coffee liqueur Moka have received double gold medals at one of the most prestigious beverage industry competitions, the China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015 (CWSA 2015), informed BC head of communications for JSC Latvijas balzams and Amber Beverage Group Dana Hasana.
With about 70,000 fans expected to converge on Riga from abroad for the European Championship ("EuroBasket" 2015), the Latvian beer giant Aldaris is gearing up for the event with special set-ups in a number of host bars in Old Town and downtown, and a cordoned-off zone at the Freedom Monument, reports LETA.
15 years ago, the domestic beverage producer Latvijas balzams started making what was, at the time, the first hard cider in Latvia, Lucky Dog, based on apple juice concentrate and a recipe developed by Latvian food technologists. Today, hard cider with the Lucky Dog brand is available in five flavors and is the second most popular hard cider in Latvia and the 12th most popular alcoholic beverage.*
Joint-stock company Aldaris posted EUR 28.62 million in turnover in 2014, a decrease of 21% compared to 2013, while the company's losses decreased threefold to EUR 3.40 million, reports LETA, according to information from Firmas.lv.
The opportunity of proportionate increase in excise tax rates on alcohol and fuel, as well as changes to the system of social contributions for high-income earners are currently being considered by the government as part of the work on the 2016 budget, according to unofficial information acquired by LETA.
In the first half of the year, a total of 2.659 million decaliters of alcoholic beverages, excluding beer, was produced in Latvia — a 3.3% increase compared to the first six months of 2014, reports LETA, according to the State Revenue Service.