Kraft opens new coffee plant in Russia

by Eric Schroeder
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LENINGRAD, RUSSIA — Kraft Foods Inc. has opened the largest full-cycle freeze-dried coffee plant in Russia. The $100 million facility has the capacity to process 5,000 tons of coffee per year, with an option of doubling that total in the future, Kraft said.

"The building of this facility in Russia demonstrates both our confidence and commitment to continue growth of our business in Russia along with chocolate and the recently acquired Bolshevik biscuit business," said Maurizio Calenti, regional president of Kraft Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Kraft said the new plant in the Leningrad region will produce such brands as Jacobs Monarch, Carte Noire, and Maxim.

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