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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

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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