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McDonald's French Fry Plant Planned

Published: February 10, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • Belaya Dacha is working with a Dutch potato farmer on a facility to produce 100,000 tons of french fries annually.
    Photo: Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti

Agricultural producer Belaya Dacha is ready to begin construction of a factory in the Lipetsk region that will supply french fries to McDonald's fast food restaurants throughout Russia, Vedomosti reported Friday.

Belaya Dacha will work with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will have 35 percent of the venture, and Dutch potato farmer Farm Frites, which will be a 30 percent partner, the Russian company's founder Viktor Semyonov said.

More than 100 million euros will be invested in the project, 40 percent of it coming from the partners' own funds and the rest from loans, Semyonov said. They will also seek state subsidies, he added.

A spokesman for the bank said negotiations are ongoing.

Related: McDonald’s to Fuel Gold Medals in Sochi

Semyonov said a preliminary 5-year agreement with McDonald's has already been reached.

The factory will be built on a 10-hectare plot of land in the Lipetsk region's special economic zone and will produce up to 100,000 tons of french fries per year, he said. The goal is to replace all potato imports for the fast food giant with domestically produced ones, and have enough to supply the retail market, Semyonov added.

The first harvest is planned for 2016, for which 500 to 700 tons of seed will have to be imported from .

Russia banned the import of potatoes and potato seeds from Europe in July 2013 due to violations of phytosanitary requirements by suppliers, but Semyonov said he expects the restrictions to be lifted in the near future. Belaya Dacha is one of oldest suppliers to McDonald's Russia.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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