The first store of the planned Hungarian food store chain called Paprika opened in Moscow on Wednesday; it is scheduled that within a year a network of 10 to 15 stores will open just in the Russian capital said Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas to MTI by phone after the opening ceremony.
Founded by Russian and Hungarian investors Paprika Ltd will open a store in all Russian cities with a population greater than one million -- all stores will have the same interior design. The two hundred square foot store will sell salami, sausages, wines, spirits, chocolates, and will have a snack bar with traditional Hungarian dishes.
Sándor Fazekas emphasized that an important aspect of Hungarian agricultural policy is to support food exports to Russia. Hungarian exports to Russia steadily rising since 2010, it grows 20-25 percent annually. This makes it possible to increase the dynamics of the export so that more and more finished products can enter the Russian market. Russian customers are looking for quality Hungarian products; there are great interests in the Hungarian wine, champagne, sausages and meet products said the minister.
After meeting with Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ilya Vasilyevich Sestakov, Fazekas summed up the day by saying that currently 100 Hungarian companies received permit to supply agricultural products to the Russian market. According to plans, an additional 50 Hungarian suppliers might receive food export permit. He stressed that Hungarian-Russian relations will be further strengthened at the Budapest National Agriculture and Food Exhibition in the fall where Russia will be the featured guest.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)