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Inalca (Cremonini Group) opens a new distribution platform in Russia

Located in Moscow close to the hamburger production plant inaugurated in 2010

It includes various warehouses with the most advanced cold chain management technology and a capacity of 33,000 pallets. Total investments of 25 million Euro.

Italian Inalca (Cremonini Group), through its subsidiary Marr Russia, inaugurated on 13th of February a new logistics and distribution platform in Moscow, in the presence of the Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Sergey Levin, and the Italian Minister for Agricultural Food Policies and Foresters, Teresa Bellanova. The new industrial complex is one of the largest and most modern distribution platforms for the storage, marketing and distribution of food products intended for foodservice (hotels, restaurants and catering chains) of the Russian Federation.  The new platform flanks the plant inaugurated by Cremonini in 2010 for the processing and transformation of meat, which currently produces over 30,000 tons of hamburgers per year, and has a modern bacon production line.

“The investment in this new platform - explains Luigi Cremonini, founder of Inalca and President of the Cremonini Group - consolidates our leadership in the distribution of food products in the world of (hotel, restaurant, catering), a market currently growing strongly in Russia and will give further impetus to our meat production activities in the country, where the group has been engaged for years in the enhancement of the entire production chain, from breeding to processing, up to the finished product. At the same time, despite the embargo, our role as ambassadors of Italian and international gastronomic excellence is strengthened in a market that has always shown its capability of appreciating them".

Strategically located near Moscow’s great ring road, the new complex stands on an area of 42,000 square meters, with a covered area of approximately 19,000 square meters including three large areas for the management of frozen and deep-frozen products (meat, fish, vegetables), fresh (meat, cheese and cured meats) and dried foods (pasta, oil, tomato preserves, etc.). The storage capacity is 33,000 pallets. The construction required 18 months of work and an investment of 25 million Euro and will result in the creation of additional 50 jobs.

The new distribution platform  - in addition to the others present in the Russian Federation of St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, and the two in Kazakhstan (Almaty and Nursultan) – permits the strengthening, concentration and rationalisation of all activities already developed by Marr Russia in Moscow over recent years; today Marr Russia, managed by the General Manger Igor Starostensko, markets over 4,000 references including the best Russian, international and traditional Italian food products, serving 7,000 customers with a fleet of 120 refrigerated trucks.

Cremonini, with Inalca and its subsidiaries, has been present in Russia for 35 years (from 2015 in partnership with Highbury Group of Sarkissian Family), with a progressive development model that over the years has gone from the simple distribution of food products to the processing and transformation of meats, up to the creation of an integrated production chain that goes from breeding to slaughtering (in the Orenburg plant, managed by the subsidiary Orenbeef), to processing (the hamburger and bacon production plant in Moscow) and to distribution with the platforms mentioned above.

In 2019, the Russian sovereign fund RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund) was the leader of a consortium of institutional investors who acquire a stake in Orenbeef with an investment equal to 14 million Euro. The goal is to complete the integrated beef supply chain by also developing livestock production in the Orenburg area. It is the first time that the Russian fund has invested in a foreign company in the agri-food sector.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund, said: "We welcome the investments by Cremonini Group, our key Italian partners in the development of its Russian business. Cooperation in food and logistics sectors strengthens the economies of our countries and helps to develop bilateral relations. Consumers are the first to benefit from that as quality products become more available. Together with our partner, FSI, we continue to develop the business of Italian companies in Russia and plan to announce new investment projects this year".

With over 1,300 employees, Inalca in 2019 achieved in Russia a turnover of over 300 million Euro.

Photo gallery Stabilimento Marr-Cremonini di Odinzovo, alle porte di Mosca, Russia
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