Date du début: 30 sept. 2004,
Date de fin: 30 déc. 2007
The intention of the project was to increase interaction between small and medium-sized food industry companiesin North Karelia, Kainuu and Northern Ostrobothnia and companies in Russia in industries related to expertise,export and production. The goal was to reduce the financial risk related to accessing the Russian market throughnetworking and to enable production transfer to production companies that were to be established in the targetareas. The intention was to develop the cooperative relationships created in earlier projects in order to begin foodproduction in Northwest Russia and to promote the marketing of products by SME food industry companies. Achievements: Several different types of assessments were made within the framework of the project: the willingness of stores inPetrozavodsk to stock products made by Finnish companies was studied, a logistics study was conducted on behalfof the companies, marketing channels were assessed and a study regarding product sales in Russia was completed.A general business plan and models for the Articles of Association, start-up notifications to the trade register andbusiness agreements were created for bakery companies that were planning a joint venture in Russia. In addition,fodder export to the Republic of Karelia and the associated certifications, customs handling and risks were assessed.An export diagram model, a plant export assessment, a registration application regarding exporting grain, a GOSTR certification model and quality certifi cations for the companies were created in association with Russia exports.Company brochures were translated into Russian. The project arranged training events in cooperation with threeother projects. A total of 126 people participated in the trainings, and 27 companies participated in the projectactivities.Through the project, product introductions were organised at the AgroExpo2005 exhibition in Petrozavodsk, storepurchasers were interviewed and a market study on shiitake mushrooms was completed. The project participated inmarketing the new Karburger product and in the product development of wild game sausage for the Russian market.The project also participated in organising the Karelian Food Forum, where Russian, German, American and Finnishfood industry professionals and companies exchanged thoughts regarding product development, production processesand workmanship. The event generated new orders for companies as well as opportunities for product development.Through the project, company products were delivered to events held by the Petrozavodsk office of the ConsulateGeneral of Finland. Products were exported to the St. Petersburg area SuperSiwa during 2005-2006. In addition,a service point was opened at Niirala Itähuolinta Oy where products from 12 North Karelia entrepreneurs areavailable for sale to people crossing the border. Of the participating companies, PolarShiitake and Viinisorsa workedwith export company FinTorus and were thereby able to open a distribution channel to Russia. Viinisorsa and OOOPitkäranta entered an agreement of intent for raising wild game. An electronic trade portal was opened for exportingto Russia when Carelian Liikelahja entered a cooperation agreement with Finfood for marketing North Karelianproducts under the Provinssi brand. The project increased the regions awareness of food export opportunities toRussia and improved the ability to create joint ventures.
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