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WorldFood Moscow returns after Russia’s $25B food import ban

WorldFood Moscow, the 24th International Food Exhibition and Russia’s most international B2B tradeshow, will take place from Sept. 14-17 at Moscow’s Expocentre, Russia.

This year, WorldFood Moscow will take place during a period of import substitution. Russia banned $25 billion worth of food imports from the EU, U.S. and other countries last year, and it is looking to secure new suppliers to meet the country’s food demands as well as investors in technology and processing equipment.

  • How is the modern food market a year after the introduction of sanctions?
  • How has supply and demand on the food market changed?
  • How can we develop production amidst the fall in consumer purchasing power?
  • These and many other issues will be addressed at WorldFood Moscow and its business program with participation from Heads of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Rosselkhodnazor, the Federal Customs Service of Russia, major commercial retail chains and other industry experts.

WorldFood Moscow will gather more than 1,500 exhibiting companies from 70 different countries. Russian companies have increased their presence and now make up 50 percent of all exhibitors. Regional groups will include Samara, Penza, and Krasnoyarsk. The exhibition will be attended by a number of honored guests including the Vice President of Brazil and the Deputy Minister of Commerce of Iran.

Countries not affected by sanctions such as Iran, Egypt, Argentina and China will present national stands.

In his welcome letter to exhibitors and visitors, Alexander Tkachyov, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation noted that, “For years the exhibition has played an important role in creating and developing Russia’s food sector by promoting quality food products on the Russian market.” The Minister is confident that WorldFood Moscow 2015 and the event’s Russian Food Forum will take place at a high level and be of great use to industry specialists.

WorldFood Moscow will provide an opportunity for Russian companies to present their products, expand their sales and find new partners, and for foreign companies to present quality raw materials for producing food products and a wide range of food and drink products not offered on the Russian market previously.

Foreign companies will come from countries such as China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Brazil, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Argentina, the Faroe Islands and many more.

Exhibiting products not affected by the ban will include traditional fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, a range of groceries, confectionary products, dairy products, spices, juices and tea from Egypt.  Dairy products and cheeses from Argentina and Iran.

Furthermore, the Chinese national stand will have a group of companies from the Shanxi Province who will present agricultural products and hold cultural performances on their stand.

Business program

Due to sanctions and the fluctuations in the ruble, the food sector has become very sensitive to change. There has been a redistribution of commodity goods, changes in the structure of supply and demand, and an increase in food production in Russia. The WorldFood Moscow business program will address the current market situation and will include four main sessions.

Sept. 14, 10.30 am: The Russian Food Market: The Situation in 2015

Experts will discuss the prospects of the Russian food market and measures taken by the government. The discussion will include Sergey Levin, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Andrey Danilenko, Chair of the Board of the National Dairy Producers Union (Soyuzmoloka); Musheg Mamikonyan, President of the Meat Council; and many other experts.

Sept. 14: Russian Seafood: A Year after the Introduction of Sanctions

An extensive program of presentations on processing technology and aquaculture has been prepared for fish industry experts. The conference will include Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister for Agriculture of the Russian Federation and Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery; Sergey Gudkov, Chair of the Russian Fish Union; and representatives from suppliers of fish and seafood. The conference moderator will be Nadezhda Gerashchenko, Head of the Consumer Market Department, TASS.

FishTech, Russia’s international exhibition of equipment and technology for fish breeding, catching and processing will be held alongside WorldFood Moscow, the Russian seafood conference will be part of the event’s program.

Sept. 15: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: An Era of Change

The fresh fruit and vegetable sector is one of the sectors most affected by the sanctions. What is the situation on the fresh fruit and vegetable market today, what government support can Russian suppliers rely on, are retail chains ready to open their doors to new suppliers, what phytosanitary checks and customs on imports are required today – these and other issues will be discussed.

The international conference will include Alexey Alekseenko, Deputy Director of Rosselkhodnazor; Pyotr Chekmarev, Head of the Department of Plant Growing of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Andrey Ryazanov, First Deputy Head of Trade Limits, Currency and Export Control of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, directors of fruit and vegetable producing companies and representatives of major retail chains.

Sept. 16: The Supplier and the Retail Chain: Practices of Effective Cooperation. 381Changes on the Market.

Participants will discuss the risks and opportunities that are available for producers, as well as the changes in trade legislation and how to optimize business processes under new conditions.


  • Dialogue between the government and industry associations
  • Retail chains X5 Retail Group, Lenta, O’KEY, Diski, Duslyk will share their views on changes in relationships with suppliers
  • On chains without chains – what are the real risks and how to optimize business process under new conditions

Product of the Year Competition

More than 400 products have entered the 2015 Product of the Year competition at World Food Moscow. The Central Tasting Commission of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation will select winners based on taste and quality. Winners will be able to display their medal on the labelling of their product.

The 6th Innovation Showcase

The competition awards exhibitors on their product innovations. Applications in 10 product categories were entered. The winners, voted by visitors to the official WorldFood Moscow website, will be displayed in the Atrium Hall between pavilions 2 and 8.

Official support

Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
The Committee of the Federation Council on Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management
Committee on Agrarian Issues of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision
Federal Agency for Fishery
The Russian Fish Union
Council of the Association of Agricultural Industry Unions ASSAGROS
Committee for the Development of the Consumer Market of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation,
The Development of the Agro-Industrial Complex of the Committee of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
The Moscow City Duma and the Ministry of Agriculture of Moscow Region.

International publications

There will be an international press display at WorldFood Moscow. The display, located in Pavilion 8.3, will present some of the international publications that WorldFood Moscow work with. Journalists travelling to the event from the around the world, will be able to use the computer and printing facilities in the organizers office in Pavilion one.

Event layout

  • Pavilion 1, 2.4, 8.1 and 8.2: Grocery products
  • Pavilion 3: Meat and poultry
  • Pavilion 1: Canned foods
  • Pavilion 3: Dairy products
  • Pavilion 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3: Fruit and vegetables
  • Pavilion 8.1 and 8.2: Tea and coffee
  • Pavilion 3: Frozen and convenience foods
  • Pavilion 1: Oil, fats and sauces
  • Pavilion 7: Fish, seafood and technology
  • Pavilion 2.4: Drinks
  • Pavilion 2.4: Organic and health foods
  • Forum Pavilion: Confectionery

WorldFood Moscow is organized by ITE Group plc, which organizes a portfolio of annual food and drink industry exhibitions in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Poland and Turkey. For more information about any of these events, please see www.food-exhibitions.com

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