Russian Food Has Future in European Markets: Deputy PM

Russian food products have a broad assortment and quality which guarantee they are ready for being exported to the European market, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev said during the ANUGA-2019 food and drinks fair in Germany’s Cologne, according to TASS.

“From the point of view of assortment, our products are fully in line with habits of European customers. <…> We believe that they [Russian products] are of higher quality as less types of chemicals are used in our agriculture. Therefore, our products are more environmentally clean,” he said, adding that Russia planned to increase its agricultural imports to $45 billion by 2024.

The deputy premier also said Russia should change the structure of its food exports, focusing on readymade products.

The head of the Cologne Exhibition Center, Herald Bezier, in turn, announced his readiness to actively support Russia in achieving the ambitious goals of increasing the export of finished products, seeing obvious progress in this area – there were only 12 exhibitors at the last exhibition.

“I heard here that the Russian Federation intends to double its food exports. This is a grandiose goal <…> The Cologne Exhibition Center is a reliable partner of the Russian export industry, not only for food products. The Cologne Exhibition will try to support it here, at ANUGA, in achieving an ambitious goal in the food sector,” he said.

A delegation from Russia, led by Gordeev, attends the international exhibition of finished food products ANUGA-2019 in Cologne. This year 41 Russian manufacturers present their products, including Miratorg, Dobryninsky, and United Confectioners. The exhibition celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Gordeyev leads the Russian delegation to the ANUGA-2019, a major international trade fair for food and beverages in Cologne that marks its 100th anniversary this year. A total of 41 Russian enterprises presented their products at the event, compared to 12 last year.