We asked Teodor Josifovski, the student of the MSc in Project Management Program, to tell us a story about how ISS students once had a very replete day in Klin.
AB Inbev EFEAS, an official sponsor of FIFA World Cup 2018, the number 2 placed company in the Russian beer market hosted RANEPA's Kingston MBA and Project Management students in its Klin brewery where they produce some of Russia's most popular beers. The students welcomed the opportunity to visit this production giant responsible for premium and super premium brand beers such as Bud, Velkopopovický Kozel, Miller Genuine Draft, and Hoegaarden. The purpose of the visit was to get the very essence of the brewery business, its perspectives and challenges. However, what the students received was beyond their expectations.
Greeted at the gate by Kingston MBA student Olga Leschenko, currently working as a people manager at AB InBev EFES, the group quickly bonded and toured the office facilities. Olga Leschenko eventually introduced the group to Natalia Zvonova, brewery manager, who gave an excellent presentation of the company and the beer market landscape analytics. Throughout the presentation and the Q&A session, the students got acquainted with the business involving almost 5,000 people working across the country.
Natalia Zvonova highlighted the position of AB Inbev EFES on the Russian market and discussed at length about the company's future goals. The students were also delighted to hear that the AB Inbev EFES supports traineeships programs and participates in career events in universities nationwide. The company is also into CSR activities and environmental projects.
After the presentation was over, the group was surprised with a short interactive quiz organised to test their knowledge. The students welcomed the challenge to show off their newly acquired knowledge and three of them were awarded prizes for giving fast and correct answers.
After the test, the tour continued throughout the manufacturing plant, where the group could see firsthand how the magic is made. Dressed in protective gear, the students observed every stage of the beer making process, starting with the barley and hops, up to bottling and packaging the end-product.
The group finished their tour in another presentation room where they got the opportunity to get acquainted with 5 brands of beer produced by AB Inbev EFES. Afterwards, Natalia Zvonova and the rest of the presenters thaked the group for their visit and sent them off with more beer in their pockets All and all, a nice way to pass a Sunday.