MOSCOW, March 13 Russian privately-owned meat
producer Miratorg said on Monday it planned to boost export
sales to $80-100 million in 2017 from around $40 million last
The company considers Asian markets important for growth of
its exports and hopes the Chinese market will open up for
Russian meat producers this year, it said in a statement.
"Miratorg is ready to compete on the global market - we are
seeing large interest in our products from Asian customers," the
company, which sells pork, poultry and beef, said.
The company exported on average $3 million worth of meat
products per month in 2016, a spokesman for Miratorg said.
Russian agricultural producers have ramped up production
over the past two years after Moscow banned many Western food
imports in mid-2014 in retaliation for international sanctions
over its role in the Ukraine conflict.
Many have turned their attention to export markets as a
weaker rouble has helped make their production costs
significantly more competitive.
A Miratorg co-owner told Reuters last year the company
planned to boost exports in order to sell 25 percent of its meat
outside Russia, from around 5 percent at the time the interview
was taken last April.
(Reporting by Olga Popova; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing
by Alexander Winning)