Kerry bids for Russian growth with Moscow plant

Kerry Group is eyeing a major role in the rapidly growing foodservice market in Russia, having added to its presence in the country with the opening of its first production plant.

“We believe in the development of the Russian market — the volume of retail trade in the country, according to forecasters, will increase by 6.8% by 2020 and we believe we can play a part in this and in the growth of foodservice.

“Additionally, the Russian Federation is the main gateway to the countries of the customs union and the CIS, areas we also see providing future growth potential,” said Olivier Picard, managing director of Kerry Russia.

The new production and warehouse complex occupies a site covering more than 7,000 square metres in the Istra district of Moscow and employs over 50 people. Production begins immediately with ingredients for the meat processing and snacks market. At full capacity, the plant is designed to produce 26,000 tonnes of products per year to meet increased local demand for products that meet local consumer taste and nutrition preferences. (Read more….)