PepsiCo ends Pepsi, 7UP production in Russia

20 September, 04:20 PM
PepsiCo, one of the first Western businesses to enter Soviet Union, leaves Russia in disgust (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov / File Photo / Reuters)

PepsiCo, one of the first Western businesses to enter Soviet Union, leaves Russia in disgust (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov / File Photo / Reuters)

PepsiCo Inc has stopped the production of Pepsi, 7UP and Mountain Dew in Russia, the Reuters news agency reported on Sept. 20.

It said the most recent date on a Pepsi product was Aug. 17.

In a statement to Reuters, the U.S. company said it had stopped making concentrates for PepsiCola, Mirinda, 7Up and Mountain Dew in Russia.

“All concentrates have subsequently been exhausted in Russia and production has ended,” a PepsiCo spokesperson said on Sept. 8, the first public comments on the matter since the company announced in early March it was suspending production, sales, promotional activities and advertising in Russia.

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In 2021, Russia was New York-based Pepsi’s third-biggest market, after the United States and Mexico.

PepsiCo in March said it would continue to sell daily essentials, such as milk and other dairy offerings, baby formula and baby food, in Russia.

The company has operated in Russia for more than 60 years and its colas were one of the few Western products allowed into the Soviet Union prior to its collapse.

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