Putin's Gift to Xi Paves the Way For Russian Ice Cream to Chinese Market

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Russian ice cream will soon be available in Chinese stores, after Vladimir Putin brought ice cream as a gift for his Chinese counterpart, news website People’s Daily reported Guzel Asylova, chair of Russia's Bashkortostan State Committee for Trade and Consumer Protection as saying.

September 4, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Hangzhou. - Sputnik International
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In Chinese border cities of Suifenhe and Manzhouli, Russian ice cream is already very popular. Ice cream from Russia was in-demand in Suifenhe throughout this summer.

A logistics company capable of storing 2,000 tons of ice cream was recently established in Suifenhe and this year ice cream imported from Russia increased by 206 percent from last year in terms of quantity.

© Sputnik / Artem Zhitenev / Go to the photo bankMoscow Ice Cream Festival
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Moscow Ice Cream Festival

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought the Chinese president a pack of Russian ice cream as gift when they met in China for the economic forum in Vladivostok.

At the start of their meeting, Putin told Xi Jinping that Chinese entrepreneurs whom he met during the forum in Vladivostok confessed that they are very fond of Russian ice cream. However, a Chinese investor complained to the president that sadly export of Russian ice cream was prohibited.

According to reports, Xi Jinping thanked Putin for his gift saying that during each of his visits to Russia he asks for Russian ice cream to take back home.

The Chinese president said that the cream in Russia is of a very good quality; hence, the ice cream is particularly tasty.

With a recent surge in exports, production volume of ice cream in Primorsky Krai of Russia has doubled since 2015. The current exchange rate also proved advantageous as now the price of Russian ice cream is more affordable than its European competitors.

“The popularity of Russian ice cream in China reflects Chinese consumers' trust in its neighbor and interest in Russian food,” news website People’s Daily Online reported.

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