On 8 – 11 December, a delegation of the Russian Potato Union visited the Netherlands. Russian vegetable growers met their colleagues from the Dutch Potato Organization (NAO), Dutch Phytosanitary Service (NWO) and representatives of the leading seed potato exporters. The Russian delegation visited the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NPPO), Dutch General Inspection Service (NAK), production and storage facilities of a number of seed potato companies. The visit was organized with the support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, the Russian Embassy and the Russian Trade Representation.
On 8 – 12 December, representatives of the LEI Research Institute of the Wageningen University had a trip to Russia in order to scan the Russian poultry market and opportunities for Dutch investors and equipment suppliers in this sphere. The Dutch delegation met with Ms. G.Bobyleva, the Director General of the Russian Poultry Union.
On 9 – 13 December, inspectors of the Federal Service for Vetinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation (Rosselkhoznadzor) inspected seed potato lots to be exported to Russia. According to the Russian Potato Union, our domestic potato growers require more then 30,000 ton Dutch seed potato. The Dutch party confirmed its readiness to meet the demand from the Russian side.
On 12 December, an annual meeting of the Foundation Dutch - Russian Livestock was held. Its participants discussed the results of the current year, exchanged views on the developments on the Russian market set an agenda for the next year. Mr. V.Trofimov, Director General of the National Dairy Producers Union (Sojuzmoloko) made a presentation on the current situation in the Russian dairy sector and its prospects up to 2020. This meeting was held at the premises of Lely – an important Dutch producer of agricultural equipment, particularly specializing in milking robots.
On 13 – 17 December, Rosselshoznadzor conducted an inspection of Dutch meat-producing companies in order to assess the possibility to start importing beef offal to Russia.
On 18 – 20 June 2015, St. Petersburg will host the XIX St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The Forum is organized under the auspices and with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation. This event welcomes guests from all over the world and is annually visited by heads of state and government, top management of leading companies, experts, representatives of mass media and civil society.
The Forum will feature discussions on a broad number of issues relating to economic developments in Russia, the CIS countries, emerging and other global markets. One of the key topics to be discussed in 2015 is the emergence of a new world economic order.
All interested parties are invited to participate.
Additional information on the XIX St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and participation therein are available at www.forumspb.com.
On 13-16 December, the second edition of the Festival “Winter Nights on the Amstel” will bring together virtuous performers of classical Russian chamber music: Natalia Gutman and Tatyana Vasilyeva (cello), Dimitri Makhtin (violin), Mikhail Zemtsov (viola), baroque music Ensemble “Soloists of the Catherine the Great”, young talents from the Moscow Gnessin Musical School and many others. See the full programme at the official website of the Festival.
The idea of the Festival is derived from the famous «December Nights» at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, which still remains one of the most important and anticipated music events in the Russian capital. The festival was founded by the world known Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter in 1981. Richter believed that performing classical music in a museum, amongst paintings and other works of art, establishes a link between the various art forms, and that a museum was an ideal place for chamber music intended for salons rather than for large concert halls.
This year’s programme of the Festival is dedicated to the exhibition «Dining with the tsars» from the collection of the Hermitage in St.Petersburg that is currently on show in the Hermitage Amsterdam. On 13-16 December, the Hermitage will open its doors exclusively for the Festival guests from 19:00, so that they can enjoy the exquisite porcelain services.
The Festival is supported by the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands and a number of Russian and Dutch companies and organizations.
Book your tickets at http://www.winteravondenaandeamstel.nl/en/tickets/
Russian companies took part in the international exhibition devoted to achievements of the Nutritional and Wellness industry
Health ingredients (Hi) & Natural ingredients (Ni) Europe was held in Amsterdam on 2-4 December 2014. It is an international exhibition that provides a complete overview of the Nutritional and Wellness industry.
Russia was represented by two companies from Siberia, Tomsk region:
- SAVA. The company specializes in the production and sales of food products from wild plants of Siberia and Altai Territory. These include wild-growing and garden berries, mushrooms, pine nuts and various medicinal herbs. SAVA operates mainly in the B2B-segment; the company has European certificates for a number of products and regularly delivers to Germany, Check Republic and other European countries. There are plans to expand its activities on the European market. The company is open for new partners and customers.
- Solagift. The company develops and manufactures new biologically-active substances of the conifer green foliage for pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and agricultural industries, as well as finished medioprophylactic products based on these substances.
The representatives of both companies said that it was their first experience of participation in an international exhibition of such a high level. They find their participation quite fruitful and important in terms of finding new partners and gaining marketing skills.
Next year Food ingredients (Fi) & Health ingredients (Hi) will be held in Russia for the first time. The event will be organized in the VDNKH-exhibition center and will run from 27 until 29 April 2015.