The Russian group of companies Belaya Dacha and the Dutch Lamb Weston have launched a plant for the production of french fries in the special economic zone Lipetsk, investments in which amounted to 8,7 billion rubles (about 115 million euros), TASS correspondent reports from the opening of the plant.
It is expected that by the end of 2019 the plant will reach full production capacity - approximately 200 thousand tons of potatoes per year. The first consumer of the plant’s products will be the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain, with which a long-term partnership has been established for the supply of french fries. It is expected that they will soon establish contacts with other catering companies and retail chains in the country.
“The potato processing plant is one of the key priority projects for the Belaya Dacha group of companies. We believe that with the new plant we will be able to successfully master this new direction of food production in Russia, ”said Viktor Semenov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Belaya Dacha Group, at the opening of the production.
“Together with our partner, Belaya Dacha, we built this plant in Lipetsk, which provides an opportunity to expand our position in the Russian market, supporting our key international customers in optimizing their value chain, developing business in the region and meeting domestic demand” - said Bas Alblas, CEO of Lamb Weston:
“With the opening of the French fries factory, 98% of McDonald's products will be supplied by domestic suppliers, and this is more than 160 flagship companies of the Russian agro-industrial complex,” added Khamzat Khasbulatov, chairman of the board of directors of McDonalds in Russia.
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