Moskva McDonald’s, the Russian arm of the US fastfood giant, revealed plans yesterday [Wednesday] to invest US$40m in the Russia market next year, with the opening of 25 new outlets.

Speaking at a news conference, Moskva McDonald’s president Khamzat Khasbulatov explained that this year alone the firm’s Moscow-based processing and distribution centre, McKompleks, was expecting to see output increase by 25-30%.

As the only venture like it in the world (the company usually complies to the supplier-distribution centre-restaurant pattern), McKompleks’ aim is to cater the full range of foods to existing and potential McDonald’s outlets, he added.

Until the beginning of this year, McDonald’s’ investment in Russian amounted to US$215m, and the chain boasted 71 outlets in 22 Russian cities.