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New wholesale distribution centre to be built in Moscow region

New wholesale distribution centre to be built in Moscow region © P. Gaillard, Réussir Fruits et Légumes

© P. Gaillard, Réussir Fruits et Légumes

 

The construction of an export-oriented wholesale distribution centre for storage and processing of agricultural products has begun in the city of Elektrostal, in the Moscow region of Russia. The announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, Sergei Voskresensky.

“A large investment project for the construction of an export-oriented wholesale distribution centre for storage and processing of agricultural products is being implemented by the “Freshistoria” company. The volume of investments will amount to over 1.1 billion rubles. The total area of ​​the centre will be about 20 thousand square meters. More than 180 new jobs will be created,” Voskresensky said.

The project involves the construction of cold storage units for strawberries, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, freezer units for storing frozen products such as fish and meat and warehouses for dry products, auxiliary and technical premises. The centre will provide services for sorting, processing and packaging of vegetables, berries and other products, their transportation outside the Russian Federation, internal and external logistics services.

“Work is now underway to complete the development of project documentation. Construction work will begin in the second quarter of this year. The planned completion date of the facility is the second quarter of 2022,” said Voskresensky.

The construction of the wholesale distribution centre will facilitate the promotion of Russian agricultural products to foreign markets.

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Russia hosting greenhouse complexes forum in December

The Agro Greenhouse Complexes Russia 2016 forum and exhibition, taking place December 7-8 in Moscow, is an international professional platform designed to attract investments into industrial greenhouse industry, discuss effective strategies of industry development, share best practices with the key market players and negotiate new lucrative contracts.

The Agro Greenhouse Complexes Russia 2016 forum and exhibition, taking place December 7-8 in Moscow, is an international professional platform designed to attract investments into industrial greenhouse industry, discuss effective strategies of industry development, share best practices with the key market players and negotiate new lucrative contracts.

Organisers expect the participation of over 200 participants, including delegates from Netherlands, Israel, South Korea, Spain, Poland and France.

The event comes amid an unprecedented time of growth, and of public and private finance attraction, in the greenhouse sector in Russia, where 170 greenhouse complexes are currently being built with the projected investment of the euqivalent of about US$ 375 million.

Highlights of the programme include:

  • 60+ greenhouse investment projects for 2016-2020 from all regions of the Russian Federations
  • Industry leaders’ debates: Government, investors, initiators, agricultural holdings, energy companies. Financing and investment climate
  • Investor Meetings: initiators of the projects and Russian and international investors will discuss the ways to cooperate following a prearranged schedule of meetings
  • Effective business strategy: Power generation, construction, infrastructure, business planning for the successful development of the company
  • 50+ authoritative experts: seed production, storage of vegetables, processing, transportation, distribution, retail chains
  • From field to counter: effective sales strategy, meetings with the heads of Russian trade networks and discussion of arrangements
  • Case studies of production development from the world’s leaders from Netherlands, Israel, South Korea, Spain, Poland, France
  • Champagne round tables: indoor and outdoor types, vegetable, flowers and mushrooms greenhouses
  • Live technology: Innovative technologies and equipment road show

The event is organised by Vostock Capital and more information is available at www.greenhousesforum.com/en/

Images source: www.greenhousesforum.com/en/

 

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World Food Moscow a window into Russian market

WorldFood Moscow is the leading and longest running event in Russia for the international food industry. The business-to-business event is the key meeting place; a platform for networking, negotiating and signing agreements with the region's food industry.

The fruit and vegetable industry is one of the main sectors – with a specialised section dedicated to it – to be showcased at WorldFood Moscow, Russia’s annual international food and drinks exhibition.

Being held September 12–15 at the Expocentre in Moscow, the 25th edition of WorldFood Moscow is slated to draw more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and more than 30,000 visitors from the food industry – many with top decision-making authority – and over 60 countries represented.

Over the last 20 years, WorldFood Moscow has grown to become a major meeting place for the food and drinks industry and a vibrant source of products for the Russian market. It is also a platform for organic and health food and drink products.

Designed to promote the innovative and inspiring, a tasting contest, new product showcase, theme conferences and retail centre will be among the highlights of the section dedicated to fruit and vegetables,  to be located in pavilion 2, halls 2,3.

Organisers say benefits of participating in WorldFood Moscow will include being able to:

  • Find a new export route: Since Russia banned $25 billion worth of food imports from the EU, US and other countries, it is desperate to secure new suppliers to meet demand. The year before the ban was introduced, Russia spent $25.2 billion on food imports in the categories affected. This means exporters in countries unaffected by the ban have a once-in-a-decade chance to grab a slice of this huge market.
  • Enter a huge market: Russia is a massive country with a massive market – it is the ninth most populated country in the world with 146 million people. The sheer size of the Russian market, with the ability to reach more consumers than in Japan, means it is too big for food suppliers to ignore.
  • Cater to Russia’s exotic tastes: Finding new import markets is not the only reason Russia is expanding its supply network. Russians have always had international tastes, you cannot move in Moscow for sushi restaurants – but now suppliers of more exotic products are seeing Russia as an invaluable market.
  • Make money and save time: Locating top food and beverage buyers in one convenient location facilitates networking and business negotiations with more people over a shorter time period.

Food forum

This year, the 9th Russian Food Forum will take place amidst a complex economic situation, dividing experts into two camps: optimists and pragmatists, the organisers say.

The former expect external political conflicts to settle and a growth in economic prosperity and consumer incomes. The pragmatists, on the other hand, think that sanctions will continue, as will passive geopolitical conflicts. Consequently, imported technologies will reduce and Russians will not be able to use the potential of the external market. Insights into how the situation is likely to evolve will be shared at the business programme’s industry conferences.

Conference topics include

  • Russia’s Food Market in 2015
  • The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sector: The Era of Change
  • How to Break into the Retail Chain Market and Stay on the Shelf
  • Suppliers and Retail Chains: 381 Changes on the Russian Market

Retail Centre
The Retail Centre offers information about new products and the latest trends in the food market and the opportunity to present best products and hold direct talks with top retail chains on how to get your merchandise on the shelves of major stores in the country.

To maximise its effectiveness, manufacturers and suppliers will be able to study in advance the list of participating chains with the specified categories of goods for which the chains plan to hold talks.

For more information: www.worldfood-moscow.com

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The largest modern European market on the outskirts of Moscow

Food City, the first Russian agricultural cluster located at the edge of Moscow (ring road), has been operating for a year.

Food City, the first Russian agricultural cluster, located at the edge of Moscow (ring road), has been operating for a year now.

It covers an area of 91 ha, and almost a third of the fresh food products in Moscow are sold through this site today.

“Moscow has already received more than 800,000 tons of fresh food from 52 Russian regions and 26 foreign countries through Food City. Food safety and prices are strictly monitored, so, it is a real working mechanism to ensure food security for the city,” said Moscow’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin after his visit to the cluster.

As for the sellers, they name two major advantages of Food City compared to other outlets. First, one can not only see, but also try the product before buying it. Second, the site has become a significant tool for Russian processors, who are implementing the import substitution policy.

Despite the significant amount of foreign contracts, most of the food sold there is of Russian origin. Food City is preparing to open its own customs terminal. This event is certainly a landmark, for it will accelerate the process of food penetration onto the retail shelves.

“We have all the necessary control systems, including ones for background radiation control,” said Alexei Nemeryuk, head of the Moscow Department of Trade and Services. There are also special rooms for storing and inspecting product quality in terms of some other parameters.

Food City in figures:

  • 10,000 customers daily
  • 3,000 sellers, including 26 foreign ones
  • 346,000 m2 of retail space
  • 300,000 m2 of modern warehouses
  • 30,880 m2 of offices

This article appeared on page 31 of issue 142 (March/April 2016) of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read that edition online here.