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on August 29, 2017

Cherkizovo gets clearance to export to Iraq

Halal poultry products under the Latifa and Dajajti label can now be shipped to Iraq

Cherkizovo Group’s Vasilyevskaya poultry production facility has received permission to export poultry products to Iraq.

The Vasilyevskaya poultry farm, which is the Russian company’s largest poultry production facility, was granted the right to export to Iraq. The permit was issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture.

A key requirement for the export of poultry meat to Iraq is the observance of halal – a set of rules in the Islamic religious tradition that sets strict guidelines for the slaughter of animals. The slaughter facilities at the Vasilyevskaya poultry farm comply with these rules, according to certification from the Halal International Centre for Standardisation and Certification of the Council of Muftis of Russia. The Group’s halal products are produced under the brands "Latifa" and "Dajajti" and are intended both for export as well as for meeting the domestic demand for these products.

The Vasilievskaya poultry farm is located in Bessonovsky district of Penza region. The enterprise was founded in 1978, and in 1998 it joined Cherkizovo Group. Today, it is the largest poultry factory in the Group and one of the highest capacity poultry producing facilities in Russia.

Exploring export potential

Obtaining the right to export products to Iraq is a significant step in the development of Cherkizovo’s export potential. Exports increasingly important for the Group in current market conditions. Iraq is one of the largest markets in the Middle East.

Cherkizovo Group has already received permits to export to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tanzania and the European Union.

The opening of the Iraqi market is one of several recent moves that signal an expansion of the global reach of Cherkizovo products. Company representatives took part in a trade mission to Bahrain, a first for the company.

In 2016, Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev praised Cherkizovo as “the champion of the Russian meat processing industry’s push for exports.

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