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St. Petersburg Consumes Tons of Ice Cream as Temperatures Soar

Published: August 1, 2014 (Issue # 1822)



  • The most ice cream is devoured in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Russia's southern regions.
    Photo: Igor Tabakov / SPT

Rising thermometers have pushed ice cream sales up around most of the country this month, and Petersburgers are eating up to 150 tons of the frozen treat on particularly hot days, a news report said.

Russians have already eaten up the supplies of ice cream that producers had stocked up for the summer, prompting dairies to work overtime to meet the increased demand, Valery Yelkhov, director of the Ice Cream Producers Union, was cited by Izvestia as saying Thursday.

The most ice cream is devoured in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Russia's southern regions, though Siberia's Novosibirsk, Omsk, Irkutsk and Barnaul regions are also among top consumers, Yelkhov was quoted as saying.

Sales spike on days when temperatures rise to 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, prompting Petersburgers to consume 150 tons of ice cream a day, topped only by Moscow with 250 tons, Izvestia reported.

Unusually high sales this summer have also contributed to an increase of total ice cream sales for the first six months of the year by 9 percent compared to the same period last year, Yelkhov was quoted as saying.





 


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