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Georgian flour mill workers call off strike

JUNE 10 2021 (The Bulletin) — Workers at the Gulistani flour-milling plant in western Georgia have ended their 38-day strike after agreeing terms with management, said Georgia’s Trade Union of Agriculture and Industry. The trade union didn’t give any details of the terms and conditions reached. Georgia has been hit by a wave of industrial disputes this year.

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Berdymukhamedov wants to sell more ice cream to China

JUNE 5 2021 (The Bulletin) — Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered his government to increase ice cream exports to China. Turkmen state-owned media reported Mr Berdymukhamedov as saying that Turkmenistan had exported 400 tonnes of ice cream to China in 2020.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Fire destroys top Georgian restaurant in Central Asia

BISHKEK/JAN. 22 2021 (The Bulletin)  — A late-night fire destroyed the Pur Pur Georgian restaurant in central Bishkek, considered by many to be the best Georgian restaurant in Central Asia. 

Nobody was hurt in the blaze at the site just off Bishkek’s Philharmomic Square. Police have said that they are investigating the cause of the fire and have declined to comment on speculation of arson.

Pur Pur became a favourite venue for Bishkek-based diplomats wanting to wine and dine contacts and also a favoured hang-out for Central Asia’s small and thirsty foreign press corps. The Lonely Plant guidebook described the shabby-chic Pur Pur as serving “perhaps the best Georgian food this side of the Caspian” with tables groaning under “gigantic khachipuri and flowing decanters of house wine”. 

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— This story was first published in issue 469 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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Food prices rise in Turkmenistan because of coronavirus fears

MARCH 26 (The Bulletin) — Turkmenistan has also not reported any cases of the coronavirus but Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has reported that much like in Tajikistan, food prices have risen sharply. With regards, the economy, Pres. Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov may be more concerned about the fall in the price of oil than about the coronavirus.

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— This story was first published in issue 440 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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Coronavirus worries spark panic buying in Tajikistan

MARCH 26 (The Bulletin) — Tajikistan has still not recorded any cases of the coronavirus but analysts have said that concerns about health safety have still triggered panic buying and food price spikes. Reports from Tajikistan said that staple goods, such as potatoes and meat have increased by around 60% in price.

Thousands of migrant Tajik workers in Russia have also been stranded in Moscow airports after airlines cancelled flights to Tajikistan. An impending recession in Russia, linked to the collapse in oil prices and the coronavirus, will have a knock-on effect on the Tajik economy. It is heavily reliant on remittances sent back from Russia by its migrant workers.

Rather like President Emomali Rakhmon apparently ignoring the spread of the coronavirus, the Tajik Central Bank has not issued any statement on it and on March 20 instead congratulated Tajiks on the Nowruz festival.

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— This story was first published in issue 440 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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US’ Tyson Fresh Meats to build beef processing plant in Kazakhstan

ALMATY/DEC. 10 2019 (The Bulletin) –Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidy of the US food giant Tyson Foods, signed a deal with the Kazakh government and the privately-owned Kazakh industrial conglomerate Kusto to build a production facility in the north of the country.

Neither side released financial information on the deal but media reported that the plant should be able to process up to 2,000 heads of cattle per day. By comparison, Tyson’s facilities in the US process around 20,000 heads of cattle per day.

Steve Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh Meats, was quoted as saying: “This opportunity supports one of our growth strategies to expand Tyson’s global business, and we look forward to bringing our expertise and capabilities to the country of Kazakhstan.”

Bordering China, Kazakhstan is also geographically important to Tyson’s Asia development plans. China has imposed a 47% tariff on beef imports from the US, part of the two countries protracted trade war. Beef produced in Kazakhstan will not be subject to this tariff.

Kazakhstan has been positioning itself increasingly as a place for cattle farmers to do business. Ranchers from the US have imported livestock to Kazakhstan and corporations have spent millions on improving facilities and promoting beef as a part of the Kazakh diet.

But the deal with Tyson, one of the biggest meat producers in the world, marks a major moment for Kazakhstan’s meat production sector.

Kazakh PM Askar Mamin said: “Tyson is a world-class company with the expertise necessary to help Kazakhstan jump-start the transformation of our agro-protein capabilities and help us create an ecosystem that will increase our beef herd size and establish conditions to support thousands of new high-quality jobs in the country.”
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— This story was first published in issue 432 of the weekly Bulletin on Dec. 27 2019

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Nestle sells Uzbek water bottling company

TASHKENT/July 18 (The Bulletin) — Swiss food and drinks producer Nestle sold its dairy and bottled-water business in Namangan, east Uzbekistan to France’s Lactlis for an undisclosed amount.

The deal finalises Nestle’s exit from Uzbekistan, in 2017 it sold its drinking water production site in Tashkent, although Lactlis will continue to use Nestle’s Nesquick, Nido and Nestle Pure Life brands in Uzbekistan under a licensing agreement.

Martial Rolland, the market head for Nestle’s businesses in Russia and Eurasia, said: “We continue to be committed to supply consumers with high-quality products and further grow our brands in Uzbekistan. Lactalis is one of the worldwide leaders in dairy and we are pleased to have found a strong partner for our dairy and water brands in Uzbekistan.”

In its press release, Nestle said that it would continue to sell its various other products directly in Uzbekistan.
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— This story was first published in issue 417 of the weekly Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

Papa John’s says to open in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

ALMATY, AUG. 24 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — US pizza chain Papa John’s said it would expand its franchise stores into Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, building on what it said was a successful venture into Russia and Belarus (Aug. 24). Papa John said that it planned to open its first restaurant in Almaty by the end of the year and that it would open 15 more by 2022. In Bishkek, it said it planned to open six restaurants.

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(News report from Issue No. 341, published on Aug. 27 2017)

Chocolate maker Ferrero Rocher eyes up Azerbaijani hazelnuts

AUG. 14 2017 (The Bulletin) — Italian confection-maker Ferrero Rocher started talks with the Azerbaijani government on sourcing hazelnuts for is chocolates.

News reports said senior Ferrero Rocher executives had traveled to Baku for meetings.

Azerbaijan has previously said it wants to increase its hazelnut production. It produces around 4% of the world’s total hazelnut production. Turkey is the biggest producer of hazelnuts.

Ferrero Rocher is well-known for its gold packaging and 1980s TV adverts which linked the chocolate to lavish, and glamorous, diplomatic parties, featuring the catchphrase: “Ferrero Rocher. A sign of good taste”.

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(News report from Issue No. 340, published on Aug. 20 2017)

 

Uzbekistan to build fruit farm

JUNE 13 2017 (The Bulletin) — Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev officially kicked off construction of a fruit farm in the Andijan region of the Ferghana Valley, highlighting a drive by the authorities to increase exports to neighbours. Media reported that the 615-hectare project will cost $24m and be operational by the end of the year.

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(News report from Issue No. 333, published on June 19 2017)