Russia, so often cited as one of the world's most attractive emerging markets for food manufacturers, presents soup makers with quite a conundrum. On the one hand, it is the second largest soup consuming nation globally. On the other, growth of the ready-made soup category has been held back as manufacturers struggle to convince consumers to abandon their traditional home-made borscht or schi. Add to the pot the economic crisis and consequent decline in consumer spending and the short-term prospects for the category look cloudy. Katy Humphries reports.