Ukraine’s largest juice producer rejects fraud charges in Poland

6 January 2022, 02:55 PM

T.B.Fruit, the largest juice producer in Ukraine operating the brand name Galicia, in a statement to the Novoye Vremya Business, denied allegations that it has failed to pay Polish apple suppliers.

Earlier, Poland’s Polsat TV channel reported that entrepreneurs from all over the country had accused T.B.Fruit, owned by Ukrainian businessman Taras Barshchovsky, of failing to pay for apples used in the company’s fruit juice products.

 “Entrepreneurs from all over Poland claim that they were deceived by a company owned by Ukrainian businessman Taras B.,” Polsat reported, adding that “…the Fruit and Vegetable Company has payment debts of several million zlotys. However, it is difficult to contact the company’s management.”

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 T.B.Fruit told NV Business that the company has fulfilled all its obligations to suppliers.

 “The real source of (these claims) is a small group of disgruntled workers we laid off at the end of the season,” the company said.

 T.B.Fruit runs seven production plants located around Ukraine, Poland, and Moldova, as well transportation-logistics and engineering businesses.

 In 2020, Barshchovsky’s fortune was estimated at $165 million, making him one of the top 100 richest Ukrainians.

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