FOOD CITY Agricultural Cluster Finds no Problem in Replacement of Turkish Goods
Russian trading platforms are rapidly expanding cooperation with partners to replace suppliers from Ankara.
The first Russian agricultural cluster – FOOD CITY - has already adjusted to the new mode of operation without Turkish vegetables and fruits. According to a LifeNews correspondent, who had studied the product range at the largest trading platform, there were no embargoed tomatoes from Istanbul. Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan became new main suppliers. The situation with cabbage and leeks - these are on the sanctions list too - was much the same.
As for Turkish fruits, here the ban covers grapes, apples, pears, and citrus. By the way, it was sanctions against the latter, which have caused the greatest concern among users of social networks. Sellers respond immediately – there will be no shortage of tangerines in Moscow during the New Year holidays. Argentina and South Africa will help to substitute supplies from Turkey.
According to FOOD CITY representatives, the total volume of imports from Turkey was about two percent on their trading platform, so the products of this country are not available there as we speak. Despite the willingness of foreign partners to replace banned products as much as possible, FOOD CITY relies on domestic suppliers.
"Russia makes products of very high quality. Their major suppliers are from Krasnodar, Stavropol, Rostov, Belgorod, Lipetsk, and Voronezh Regions," said Sergey Zhuravlev, FOOD CITY representative.
"Speaking about tangerines, they are imported to us from South Africa, Morocco, and China."
Earlier, the Russian Government published on its web-site a list of products banned from being imported from Turkey. The list included meat and offal of chicken and turkey, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, cucumbers, citrus and some other fruits, and salt. The sanctions were a response to the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber shot down by the Turkish Air Force in the sky over Syria.