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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.

In the spotlight: What could be impact of Russia's embargo? 11 Aug 2014

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Confident the country can be self-sufficient, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have urged local producers to take advantage of the opportunity, and get their products on supermarket shelves. But are they up to the task? And what does this mean for global exporters to Russia? Hannah Abdulla reports.

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New Zealand's Fonterra in Russian joint venture 13 Feb 2018

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has signed a joint venture agreement in Russia.

German cheese maker Hochland takes over plant in Russia 5 Dec 2017

Hochland, the German cheese maker, has expanded its operations in Russia through the acquisition of a new plant.

Russia enforces temporary block on Brazil meat after finding banned feed additive 22 Nov 2017

Russia has temporarily blocked beef and pork imports from Brazil after finding the banned feed additive ractopamine in cattle breeding products this year.

PepsiCo's expansion in Russia to boost Lay's crisps output 25% 20 Oct 2017

PepsiCo has completed the expansion of a Lay's potato crisps plant in Russia, the company's largest for the snack product in Europe, which will see capacity initially increase by 25%.

Savencia Fromage & Dairy takes majority stake in Russian cheesemaker Belebey 18 Oct 2017

France's Savencia Fromage & Dairy has taken a majority stake in Russian cheese maker OAO Belebey, a subsidiary of the Neral Group.

Nestle to open infant formula plant in Russia 12 Oct 2017

Nestle has started building its first infant formula manufacturing facility in Russia.

Russia's Miratorg invests in new pork production plant in Kursk 5 Oct 2017

Russian meat processor Miratorg Agribusiness Holding has started construction of a new pork plant in the Kursk region as it seeks to double capacity.

Lantmannen buys Russian crispbread firm Orient Products 14 Sep 2017

Lantmännen, the Sweden-based agri-food group, has acquired Russian crispbread firm Orient Products.

Cherkizovo H1 profits surge on lower feed costs amid strong ruble 24 Aug 2017

Russian meat processor Cherkizovo Group saw half-year profits surge led by higher sales and lower feed costs, with the company noting the part played by strength in the ruble.

Russia's EU food embargo to last throughout 2018 3 Jul 2017

Russia President Vladimir Putin has decided to extend for another year the existing restrictions on imports of food and agricultural products from the EU - although the Kremlin has yet to decide whether it will prolong the embargo on the other markets it has covered, which include the US.

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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.