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Russia's iFarm on whether vertical farming could herald a new era of urban agriculture - interview 25 Mar 2019

iFarm, one of several start-ups seeking to get ahead in the urban farming stakes, explains to Joe Baker why the concept could revolutionise farming.

Manufacturers navigating challenging Russian ice cream market 14 Sep 2016

Prolonged economic recession, increasing competition and sector-specific challenges such as seasonality confront ice cream makers in Russia. Navigating these waters can be tough. But the segment has been showing increasing dynamism and the Russian ice cream market continues to present an important growth opportunity. Andrew Burnyeat, Keith Nuthall and Eugene Vorotnikov report.

Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5 13 Nov 2015

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the past month. Here is just-food's round-up of some of the major developments at your retail customers during October. 

BRICs and beyond: How Russia's embargo affects domestic firms 6 Jul 2015

Russia recently extended its ban on various food imports from Western countries including the US and EU. The move provides Russian food makers with an opportunity to gain market share but it also presents those operating in the market with a number of challenges. Sam Skove reports.

Comment: Russia's Danone, PepsiCo criticism points to more challenges 1 Dec 2014

For US and European companies exporting products to Russia, the operating environment has been challenging to say the least. Recent comments from Moscow would suggest that the going could get tougher for multinationals who operate local subsidiaries in the country as well, Katy Askew suggests.

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McCain Foods confirms talks over factory in Russia 26 Jun 2020

Potato major McCain Foods is in discussions about possibly setting up a manufacturing plant in a country where the company does not have a production presence.

Covid-19 costs combine with rouble to pressure Russia's food companies 6 May 2020

Covid-19, yet to hit its peak in Russia, has put pressure on the food sector's operational costs at a time when businesses have also been facing a falling rouble.

Italian meat processor Gruppo Veronesi expands production into Russia 6 Nov 2019

Veronesi Group, an Italy-based agri-food business, has launched what it calls a "cross-border" chain with Russia for the production of turkey meat.

Russian food group Efko launches venture capital fund 8 Oct 2019

Russian food firm Efko has launched a venture capital fund to foster the development of start-ups in the foodtech sector.

Russia embargo on western food imports again extended 26 Jun 2019

Russia has again decided to prolong its ban on selected food imports from certain western markets, curbs first put in place five years ago.

Russia's Ekosem-Agrar opens dairy facility in Siberia 25 Jun 2019

Ekosem-Agrar has opened what the Russian milk producer says is its largest dairy cow facility in Siberia.

Bonduelle buys frozen veg factory in Russia 3 Jun 2019

Bonduelle, the France-based manufacturer, has snapped up a production plant to boost its presence in an international market.

Nestle 'falls foul of Russia GMO rules' 22 May 2019

Russia's consumer watchdog has filed a case against Nestle over allegations the company broke regulations covering a genetically-modified ingredient.

Atria may look to sell Russian operation after sales slump 13 Feb 2019

Finland-based meat processor Atria has revealed it is investigating the possibility of making structural changes in Russia.

Danone silent on 'talk of interest in Russian baby food maker Progress' 26 Nov 2018

Russian media suggest France-based dairy giant Danone may be interested in buying up the country's largest baby food manufacturer.

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Russia sets out plans to invest in agriculture 9 Sep 2014

Dmitry Medvedev has announced Moscow's plans to invest "tens of billions of roubles" into the country's agriculture sector, a move that would appear a way to alleviate the impact within Russia of its food embargo.