British supermarkets are pulling Russian products from stores in Ukraine ‘Solidarity’ – POLITICO

LONDON – A host of British supermarket chains have withdrawn Russian-made products in response to Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Sainsbury’s, that second largest Operators in the UK market announced on Friday that it would remove from its stores all products “that are 100 per cent sourced from Russia”, including Russian Standard vodka and Karpayskiye black sunflower seeds.

The organization also said it will be renaming its Chicken Kyiv product Chicken Kyiv in recognition of the Ukrainian capital’s preferred spelling, with the new packaging being available in the coming weeks. “We stand united with the people of Ukraine,” said a spokesman.

It comes after POLITICO announced on Thursday that Co-Op Food has pulled Russian Standard vodka from sale “effective immediately” as the brand is “apparently marketed as Russian” and made in the country.

“In response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and as a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, we have made the decision to withdraw Russian-made vodka from sale,” a Co-Op spokesman said. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, announced the same measure later on Thursday.

British retailer Marks & Spencer, meanwhile, said it had suspended supplies to the Russian store of its Turkish franchise amid “the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the invasion of Ukraine”. FIBA Holding operates Marks & Spencer Stores in Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

POLITICO asked other UK companies to comment. Another major chain, which asked not to be identified, said Thursday it was following the UK government’s rules on trade with Russia, which currently do not include bans on Russian food and drink, and said it would adapt to any changes.

The moves come amid similar actions across the European continent in protest at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Finland and Sweden were the first to ban spirits from Russia, followed later by authorities in Norway. Large supermarkets in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania went even further and banned all goods originating from Russia.

Britain is the largest importer of Russian vodka worldwide, totaling $22 million in 2020. Russian Standard Vodka is distilled in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg. British supermarkets are pulling Russian products from stores in Ukraine 'Solidarity' - POLITICO

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