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Russian vodka boycott goes global to punish Putin for war

Update : 02 Mar 2022, 12:38

An worldwide boycott of Russian vodka is constructing from the US to Australia as politicians and companies sign their opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by concentrating on one in every of his nation’s most iconic merchandise.

At least three US governors ordered the elimination of Russian-made or branded spirits from shops, whereas one of many largest alcohol retail chains in New Zealand pulled 1000’s of bottles of vodka together with the Ivanov and Russian Standard manufacturers—and crammed the empty cabinets with Ukrainian flags. Boycotts are spreading to different items in Russia’s European neighbors.

According to Endeavor Group Limited, a Sydney-based owner with a market value of $ 12.6 billion ($ 9.2 billion), Dan Murphy and BWS, two of Australia’s largest liquor chains, have stopped selling products of Russian descent.

The strikes echo steps taken by global companies from vitality giants to automakers and legislation companies to reduce ties with Russia or overview their operations as governments impose sanctions on the nation. Soccer authorities FIFA and UEFA have additionally banned Russian groups from competitions.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said on Twitter that the state “stands with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom.” Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox said the state “stands with Ukraine and will not support Russian businesses no matter how.” small the exchange.”

Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox said the state "stands in solidarity with Ukraine and will not support Russian enterprises, no matter how small the exchange".

Describing Russia’s attack on Ukraine as "an egregious violation of human rights", Cox issued an executive order forcing the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to remove all Russian-produced and Russian-branded products from shelves immediately.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered the state’s commerce department to boycott all vodka made by Russian Standard, also hitting sales of Green Mark Vodka.

There are about 6 400 bottles of vodka made by Russian Standard currently for sale in Ohio’s 487 liquor agencies across the state, DeWine said.

The steps may be largely symbolic. Vodka from Russia accounts for little more than 1% of the total value of imports of the spirit into the US, according to data from the country’s Distilled Spirits Council. 

In Russia’s Nordic neighbour Finland, the government’s liquor monopoly Alko Oy stopped selling 20 sorts of vodka, including a 431-euro (~R7 400) bottle, while a lobby group for the hospitality industry told bars and restaurants they should consider following suit. 

Finland’s both main grocery chains, S Group and Kesko Oyj, pulled all Russian products, as did their main Baltic counterparts, Rimi and Maxima.

Denmark’s largest retailer Salling Group also removed all Russian goods “from vodka, toothpaste to chocolate,” CEO Per Bank tweeted, while Sweden’s biggest grocery chain, ICA Gruppen, has also done so, according to Sveriges Radio.

Several international supermarket chains operating in Poland, including Carrefour and Aldi, joined a boycott of Russian products. The country’s biggest retailer Biedronka, owned by Portugues Jeronimo Martins, withdrew 16 products, including Russian vodka and pine nuts made in Russia.

The scale of the boycott was reduced due to a deal that a Polish private food and beverages group Maspex SA completed on February 25, a day after Russian invasion began. The company paid $1 billion to buy CEDC, country’s biggest vodka distributor and the maker of Zubrowka brand, with about 47% share in the Polish market, from Russian Roust Corp.

"Our boycott won’t cause big damages for the Putin’s businessmen but it’s a matter of principle - our people don’t fund those, who finance the war," Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said.


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