Boycotting Russian vodka? Many popular brands are produced elsewhere

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Bars, liquor stores and even government officials are turning their backs on Russian-made and branded products – mainly vodka – in retaliation for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

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Over the past week, the boycott against vodka has grown. In an effort to support Ukraine, Total Wine and More, which operates 229 stores across 27 states, announced on social media it "removed all Russian-made products from our shelves." 

Meanwhile, in Bend, Oregon, the owner of Pine Tavern was captured on video pouring out all of his Russian vodka, according to FOX12.

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued an executive order directing the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to "remove all Russian-produced and Russian-branded products from its shelves immediately." He said in a statement that the state "will not support Russian enterprises, no matter how small the exchange." 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu also signed an executive order requiring state liquor outlets to remove Russian-made and branded alcohol, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine directed the state’s commerce department to cease the purchase and sale of Russian Standard, the only Russian vodka sold in Ohio. 

Over the weekend, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told his Twitter followers that he "asked the members of the Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Package Stores Association & all Texas retailers to voluntarily remove all Russian products from their shelves." 

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Although the drink is widely associated with Russia, many major brands such as Smirnoff, Stoli, Ciroc and Titos, are actually manufactured in France, Sweden, Lativa and the U.S. 

Here is a list of major vodka brands and where they are produced: 

1. Absolut – Sweden

Absolut is produced in Åhus, Sweden, "where the wheat used for making our vodka is grown," according to its website. 

Absolut Vodka is produced near Ahus, Sweden. (iStock / iStock)

2.  Ciroc – France

"It is the fine French grapes and the fifth distillation at the historic Maison Villevert Distillery in the South of France that gives CÎROC Vodka a distinctive flavour with an exceptionally fresh, citrus taste," its website reads. 

Ciroc vodka. (iStock / iStock)

3. Grey Goose Vodka – France 

Grey Goose Vodka, which was acquired by Bacardi Limited in 2004, "is distilled in the gastronomy capital of the world, France," according to Bacardi Limited's website. 

Grey Goose Vodka premium brand produced in France.  (iStock / iStock)

4. SKYY Vodka – United States 

SKYY Vodka, now produced by the Campari America division of Campari Group, started out in San Francisco in 1992, according to its website.  It's currently distilled in Pekin, Illinois.

SKYY Vodka is distilled in Pekin, Illinois. (iStock / iStock)

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5. Smirnoff: United States 

Although Smirnoff, which is owned by Diageo, was developed in Moscow by distiller Pyotr Smirnov, it is not made in Russia. It's produced in Illinois. 

Raspberry-flavored Smirnoff Vodka, which is produced in Illinois. (Getty Images / Getty Images)

6. Stoli: Lativa 

In a note on its website, the Stoli Group denounced Russia's violence while issuing support for Ukraine. It also firmly stated that its vodka products are manufactured and bottled in Riga, Latvia. The company said the brand is also registered with the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as a Latvian product.

"Stoli Group has had a long history of fighting oppression from the Russian regime," the note on its website reads. "We unequivocally condemn the military action in Ukraine and stand in support of the Ukrainian people." 

Stolichnaya Vodka is manufactured and bottled in Riga, Latvia. (iStock / iStock)

7. Svedka – Sweden 

Svedka is described as an 80 proof premium vodka produced in Sweden, according to owner Constellation Brands. 

It is considered the "fastest growing major imported premium vodka in the United States," according to Constellation's website. 

Svedka Vodka is produced in Sweden. (iStock / iStock)

8. Tito’s: United States 

Tito's is produced in Austin at Texas' oldest legal distillery, according to the company. 

"Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, on the very same land where the whole venture started," the company's website reads. 

Ronnie Heckman holds a bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which he used to prepare a Kyiv Mule, traditionally called a Moscow Mule, at Caddies in Bethesda, Maryland, on Feb. 28, 2022. (Stefani Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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