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The results of a survey that had 5,000 participants over 18 years old in Russia revealed that people are interested in knowing where their groceries come from.

According to the official data of Rosstat, and the results of the distribution of retail price reporting on the 51st week of 2015, which concluded the season on December 28, the national average price of one kilogram of cabbage was 22.99 rubles. For comparison, at the end of 2014 (December 29 and 51 weeks), the average price was 28.72 rubles in 2013 (30 of December and 52 reporting week) it was 17.86 rubles; in 2012 (24 of December and 51 weeks) - 15 71 rubles and 10.56 rubles in 2011 (December 26 and 51 reporting week).

This spring, fruits and vegetables from Iran will appear on the store shelves of the X5 Retail Group's three chains: Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel, according to a company press release.

Starting on January 1, restrictions on Russian imports of Turkish food products officially took effect, and Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) is about to start a series of extensive background checks at stores, trade centers and chains, and weekend fairs for prohibited fruit, vegetables and other types of products.

According to the General Director of the horticultural enterprise Trudovoy Yaroslav Lukanin, the way that Russia's product embargo has given retailers a reason to turn their attention to domestic producers for products has become a market trend. 

Soon price increases will affect vegetables, fruits, berries as well as baked goods, alcohol and household chemicals.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) will handle the detection of sanctioned products in the warehouses of retailers as domestic producers continue to report the presence of contraband on the market.

Ashan-Russia General Director William Ubnet said during the opening of a new store in Barnual that 500 foreign goods have been removed from the retail network's shelves following Russia's food embargo taken in response to Western sanctions against the country.

The authors of the bill, which has already been reviewed by elected officials during a meeting with a committee of the State Duma on economic policy and was later sent to the lower house of parliament, is a group of deputies and senators, including the chairman of the Russian parliament's security and anti-corruption Irina Yarovaya and members of the parliament's agriculture committee.

The hypermarket franchise Carrefour, owned by Majid Al Futtaim of the UAE, is looking to gain a “foothold in Russia” after acquiring a license to develop in 38 countries, including countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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