Thursday, December 27, 2012

Georgian sparkling water Nabeghlavi seeks to re-enter Russian market

26.12.2012 (Hvino News). Georgian sparkling water company Nabeghlavi has formally asked Russia for a certificate, in a bid to re-enter the neighboring country's market. However, the CEO of the company, former Agriculture Minister Mikhail Svimonishvili said that export of Georgian goods to the Russian market will not be possible this year.

Svimonishvili expressed hope that Russian sanitary service experts will arrive in Georgia in spring, and Nabeghlavi will be granted a relevant certificate.

Svimonishvili said that if the Russian market opens up for Georgian goods, Nabeghlavi will return to Russia, noting that sparkling water of this brand has already been on sale in the country in 2003-2005. Furthermore, Svimonishvili said, the chief Russian sanitarian has assigned to Nabeghlavi the status of high-quality mineral water and awarded the product a gold medal.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Georgian Agriculture Ministry's representatives and local winemakers will be held soon to discuss issues relating to the export of Georgian wine to Russia, Minister David Kirvalidze said.
"We intend to hold a consultative meeting with winemakers to look through all the procedures that are necessary for the return of Georgian wine to Russia," Kirvalidze said.

On Tuesday, Kirvalidze said at a press conference that Georgia has begun supplying its citrus fruits to Russia by transit through Belarus. He said the first container has already arrived in Russia, and two more trucks loaded with citrus fruit may reach Russia this week.

© Hvino News

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