Author: Katheryn Weaver

Red October / Красный Октябрь

Red October (Красный Октябрь) is an internationally renowned Russian confectionary that predated and outlasted the Soviet Union. The factory began in 1850, when German national Theodore Ferdinand von Einem immigrated to Moscow. Just one year later, he open a small confectionery on the Arbat. Then called Einem, it produced chocolate and glazed fruits, which soon […]

Chernogolovka / Черноголовка

Chernogolovka (Черноголовка) is a prominent brand of popular Soviet-era inspired sodas produced by Aqualife. Although production began in 1998, their recipes are quite traditional, deriving their tastes mostly from herbal and fruit extracts, just like the soda flavors were during Soviet times. In 2015, Aqualife was the 4th largest producer of soft drinks in Russia […]

Baltika Beer / Балтика

Baltika Breweries (Балтика) began producing beer as a state enterprise in 1990. It was formed by originally merging Soviet-built brewing facilities under the LenPivo (Leningrad Region Beer) name. When that company was privatized in 1992, the assets were purchased by a consortium of Scandinavian brewing companies from Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The name “Baltika” was […]

Kroshka Kartoshka / Крошка Картошка

Quick-service restaurant Kroshka Kartoshka (Крошка Картошка) offers an original spin on fast food with a popular and well-known product: baked potatoes. Literally translating to “Little Potato,” Kroshka Kartoshka grew from its humble origins as a mobile Moscow food truck launched in 1998 to a fast food giant serving spuds in over 300 locations in the […]

Alyonka Chocolate / Шоколад «Аленка»

Alyonka (Алёнка) is the market leader of domestically produced chocolate in the Russian Federation. The Red October factory began producing it as a 100g chocolate bar in 1966 by virtue of a government livestock subsidy. With a steady supply of high-quality, cheap milk, Red October produced delicious, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate at an affordable price (even […]

Teremok / Теремок

Fast-casual chain Teremok (Tеремок) offers hand-made Russian favorites. They have become a major player in Russia’s food service industry by offering a relatively healthy, national alternative to international fast food chains – and by keeping their prices competitive. Serving everything from sweet and savory blini to borsch, kasha, kvass, and pelmeni, Teremok has taken urban […]

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