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Food Prices Forecast to Keep Rising

Published: May 12, 2008 (Issue # 1372)


Food prices in Russia are expected to rise steadily now that a temporary price freeze on “basic essentials — such as milk, flour and oil — has been lifted since May 1.

Both analysts and businessmen forecast a drastic rise in inflation.

The government froze the price of some sorts of white and black bread, milk, kefir, vegetable oil, and eggs in October last year when prices suddenly went up. In January, the agreement with food manufacturers was prolonged.

However, food prices have continued to rise. Prices grew by 1.4 percent in April, and by 6.3 percent in the first four months of the year, Fontanka.ru reported.

Prices for vegetable oil and flour rose the most with the price of vegetable oil in March going up by 4.6 percent and by 8.6 percent in April, the Russian State Statistics Committee or RSSC said.

A regular bottle of vegetable oil in St. Petersburg cost about 50 rubles ($2) in April but by May it cost up to 80 rubles ($3.25). In September last year it cost about 28 rubles ($1.10).

In April, the 23.7 percent increase in the price of bread in St. Petersburg was the sharpest in Russia, the RSSC said.

The prices for vegetables in Russia also increased significantly in April with the price of cabbages rising by 24.2 percent, carrots by 13.3 percent and beets by 12.2 percent.

The price of eggs, pasta, and millet increased last week by between 1 percent and 1.2 percent. Today, a dozen eggs costs a natinoal average of 35 rubles ($1.40).

The price of gasoline has also risen sharply — by 6.8 percent — since the beginning of this year. Analysts predict that the cost of gasoline will exceed the $1-per-liter mark this summer.

Meanwhile, St. Petersburg authorities will prolong a local price freeze on milk and eggs. In April, milk and egg prices were held at 22 rubles (90 cents) for a dozen eggs and 23 to 27 rubles ($1) for a liter of milk (2.5 percent fat). Sour cream (15 percent fat) will cost 29 rubles for half a kilo, and kefir will cost 24-25 rubles per liter.

The citywide agreements will continue until June 30, and may be prolonged after that, Fontanka.ru said.

Alexei Sergei, head of St. Petersburg’s Economic Development, Policy and Trade Committee, said the city authorities will continue the policy of price regulation in St. Petersburg throughout 2008.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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