Lithuanian supermarkets gradually phase out Russian and Belarusian goods

Lithuanian supermarkets gradually phase out Russian and Belarusian goods
Lithuanian supermarket - Credit Bear Fotos /

Lithuanian supermarkets are gradually phasing out Russian and Belarusian goods after the decision was made to no longer stock products from these countries due to the Ukraine invasion.

According to news site BBN News on Tuesday, October 25 the supermarkets have experienced some difficulty in removing all products from these countries from the shelves.

Currently there is no shortage of goods sourced from Russia and Belarus, but this is according to retailers the last of existing stocks that are slowly being depleted. They add that no new orders are being placed in either of the two countries.

Consumers have moved away from these products according to retailers, making it more difficult to move old stock. Even items produced elsewhere but which are contained in Russian or Belarusian packaging are being shunned by customers.

Žydrė Baskutytė, Director of Aibe said:” it was no easy task – replacing Russian and Belarusian goods. Nevertheless, they did manage to find new suppliers fairly quickly.

“We were looking for suppliers, we were even lucky enough to find a short-supply product like baking soda. We buy it from Italy now and we buy salt from Poland.”

According to ISM University of Management and Economics Associate Professor Lineta Ramonienė: «If you look at the share of Russian and Belarusian products in supermarkets, the percentages were very small.

“We can assume that Lithuanians prefer western products or Lithuanian-origin goods, especially when it comes to food.”

Retailers say that no matter the outcome of the war they have no plans to bring back Russian and Belarusian goods, as Lithuanian supermarkets gradually phase out goods from these regions.

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