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Roshen to cease production at Liptesk plant after failed sale. Photo: Roshen

Roshen to axe 700 jobs at Russian plant

By Oliver Nieburg

Ukrainian confectioner Roshen is to stop producing at its factory in Liptesk, Russia, indefinitely, in a move set to impact 700 jobs.

Orkla argues that it is unfair that factories that used to produce major Soviet brands can now longer do so because United Confectioners owns most trademarks and has refused to issue licenses

Orkla questions United Confectioners Soviet brand monopoly

By Oliver Nieburg

Orkla Brands Russia has hit out at Russia’s leading player United Confectioners for keeping a monopoly on former Soviet brands, which were previously produced by every confectionery factory in the country.

Russian authorities go quiet after announcing Roshen import ban to the press

Roshen in the dark over Russian import ban

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

The Russian sanitation authority has suspended imports from the major Ukranian confectionery company Roshen amid safety concerns. Yet Roshen remains in the dark.

Soviet-era brands such as United Confectioners Alenka are facing stiff competition from foreign brands like Mars' Snickers

Russian Chocolate Revolution

Soviet chocolate faces the wrath of foreign invasion – Leatherhead

By Oliver Nieburg

Young people living in urban areas of Russia are driving domestic chocolate consumption and are increasingly opting for premium foreign brands over nostalgic ones from the Soviet-era, say market analysts Leatherhead Food Research.

Mars opens €80m chocolate factory in Russia

Mars opens €80m chocolate factory in Russia

By Oliver Nieburg

Mars has opened a €80m (RUB 3.3bn) chocolate factory in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region as it looks to capture a greater share of the highest value BRIC chocolate market.

Laima looks to expand to China and Brazil

Laima looks to expand to China and Brazil

By Nilpa Shah

Latvia’s largest confectionery producer, Laima, has announced plans to increase its export proportion from 40% to 52% over the next three years, with intentions to target new markets outside of Europe.

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