The Union of Food Products Producers of Kazakhstan: the Axis of Cooperation
The Union of Food Products Producers of Kazakhstan (UFPPK) was founded in 1997. It unifies Kazakhstan’s leading food and processing industry enterprises. The General Director of the Rakhat Company, Anatoly Popelyushko, is the President of the UFPPK. The active UFPPK members are the Kazakhstani companies Rakhat, Tagam, Nazik, Almaty Technological University, VITA, Hamle, the Ust Kamenogorsk Brewery, Istok and Asar.
The primary goal of the union is protecting the interests of domestic producers and promoting the development of the food business. It actively co-operates with the Parliament, when working out the basic legal statements in this area. Many proposals have become the norms of the law. The UFPPK has greatly contributed to the recovery and development of this industry, thus getting into the history of Kazakhstan, facilitating the economy development, and strengthening the authority of domestic products on the international market.
Business meetings and singing of agreements usually proceed during the international exhibitions, The Sweets, Sharap, and the Grocery Market of Kazakhstan, held by the UFPPK under the guidance of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Almaty and Astana municipalities. In addition to these exhibitions, the forthcoming year will see the First Kazakhstan International Exhibition called “Equipment, Containers, and Package 2004”, to be held in Almaty on 14-16th April. More than 150 companies will participate, including those from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Germany, Israel, Poland, Malaysia, the Czech Republic and Turkey.
The UFPPK is the instigator of many discussions on rehabilitation of beef, dairy, fruit-and-vegetable industries, and development of a cereal market. The guests at these events are the representatives of ministries, akimates (local administrative bodies), banks, large firms and companies, and research institutes.
The Union also organizes various conferences and seminars. In 2003, it held a series of seminars on Modern Management Methods on the Basis of International Standards of ISO 9000:2000 series, HACCP, and the development and introduction of Quality Management System. The participants were taught the basics of quality management, food safety, and staff motivation systems.
The contacts with foreign trade organizations which intend to work on the Kazakh market have broadened recently. A seminar on “Business Strategy and Control under Growing Global Competition: the Key to Survival and Prosperity of Your Company on the Market” took place in the conference hall of Kazakhstan Hotel in June 2003. The seminar was organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Japan External Trade Organization, the UFPPK, and the KazInvest Company.
The UFPPK issues a research and practical magazine The Food Industry of Kazakhstan, the only magazine of that kind in the country. The magazine publishes interviews with large producers, leading experts and researchers, businesspeople and lawyers. The regular columns are Healthy Food – Healthy Nation, International Standards, New Technologies, The Agroindustrial Associations of Kazakhstan, Problems and Views, Analysis and Opinions, and other.
The 21st century is the age of active, determined and knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The UFPPK is trying hard to facilitate the growth and development of the food processing industry, one of the promising industries in the economy of Kazakhstan.
The UFPPK is ready to co-operate with companies and public organizations of Kazakhstan, the CIS and foreign countries.
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RAKHAT OJSC Excellent taste and modern look are providing the great demand for their products. According to experts, a number of products by this enterprise are much better than foreign analogues. Rakhat regularly participates in all traditional Kazakhstan international exhibitions. Its products have received many rewards, including the golden Kazakhstan Belgisi sign, gold and silver medals of The Sweets International Exhibition of Kazakhstan, Bazarlyk and SweetExpo certificates. Kazakhstan and Rakhat chocolates won the Choice of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002. The Rakhat Company has been awarded the Almaty Zhuldyzy medal for the best confectionery products this year. The company has also won a national competition, The Best Quality Products.
Tagam Company OJSC was founded in 1995. The Company is involved in sugar, syrup and alcoholic beverages wholesaling and retailing, as well as selling other products for the food industry and consumers. It also carries out financial and mediation transactions, renders consulting, marketing and engineering services to the food industry enterprises. The company carries on investment projects with participation of domestic and foreign investors. The Tagam Company formed the Oral Susyn LLP in late 1999. This enterprise is involved in buying, processing and selling alcohol and alcohol products, producing and selling the alcoholic and soft drinks, wholesaling and retailing activities. The Sarbaz brand (alcoholic beverages) often wins the first prizes at the national and international expositions, contests and fairs.
Hamle Company Ltd. was founded in 1995. It produces a wide range of quality confectionery. All its products are certified according to ISO 2002 standards, which make it highly competitive on the international market. Today, it manufactures more than 100 kinds of products, including biscuits, waffles, sponge cake rolls, chewing gum and chocolate bars. Distribution is carried out by affiliates and agencies in 17 cities; its products are also supplied to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, and Mongolia. Unique modern equipment and technologies have been installed in order to widen the range of products. The production of the first Sonata sponge cake rolls commenced in Kazakhstan in 2002. Hamle products have received many diplomas and medals for their excellent quality and design. The company has three gold medals from the Kazakhstan International Exhibition, Sweets 2003.
Nazik OJSC is famous in Almaty for its confectionary and cakes. It has already produced more than 150 kinds of products which can satisfy any gourmet. The most popular cakes are Madonna, Gourmet and Nazik. Sausages manufactured by this company are also popular. Cooked and smoked sausages, meat rolls, ravioli, and many other products are produced by their factory, and it will certainly achieve even better results through expanding the product range and modernizing the production. The products by Nazik have won many gold and silver prizes of Kazakhstan international exhibitions. Its confectionary was awarded The Choice of the Year title in 2002.
Ust-Kamenogorsk Brewery CJSC applies technologies developed by its own brewers. Tamila, Ust-Kamenogorskoye, Sibinskoye, Ust-Kamenogorsk Lager and Ust-Kamenogorsk Dark beers provide strong competition for German and Czech brands. The brewery produces 580,000 dekalitres of beer annually. The brewery received a bronze medal for Tamila beer at the International Specialist Exhibition,
The St. Petersburg Beer Auction, in 1997, and a bronze medal for Ust-Kamenogorsk Lager in 1999. The Business Initiative Directions of Europe (Madrid) awarded the brewery with a Platinum Star for quality and image in 1998. It won another three gold medals during the Sharap 2003 exhibition.
The Almaty Technological University was founded in 1957. It is currently a well-known educational and research centre that trains highly qualified experts in food processing industry and consumer services. About 25,000 engineers, technologists, machine operators and economists have graduated from this university since 1957. A national educational and methods association was formed by the University to draw up state educational standards and curricula, and to issue textbooks and reference manuals. More than 4,000 students and postgraduates are studying at the ATU today. More than 60% of the teaching staff hold scientific degrees. The ATU is also devising new technologies for the processing and storage of agricultural products, equipment for the food processing industry, and is solving the problems that exist in chemical and biological technologies and in industrial ecology.
VITA OJSC is the largest producer and supplier of the Irtysh fat and oil brand, including butter, vegetable and mixed oils whose fat content varies from 60% to 82.5%, together with three kinds of mayonnaise (Provencal-Vita, Yelimai and Vita Soy). VITA is the only producer in Central Asia and Kazakhstan of the Vitasoy brand, protein products obtained by high-level soya bean processing. The distribution of products is carried out by VITA affiliates, which are situated in 16 Kazakh and Kyrgyz cities (Astana, Karaganda, Zhezkazgan, Shymkent, Taraz, Taldykorgan, Kostanai, Ust Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Semipalatinsk, Aktobe, Aktau, Atyrau, Uralsk, Kokshetau and Bishkek), and from its distribution warehouses in Almaty.
Kargalinsky Winery LLP was founded on the basis of a wine producing enterprise belonging to Kazpotrebsouyz in February 2000. Its new team of qualified wine growers has achieved impressive results. At present, they produce 40 kinds of dry, fortified, table, white, ros? and red wines, alongside low-alcohol wine. The Sherry, Muscat and Rkatziteli vintage wine brands are the most popular. The winery co-operates with the vineyards at the Konysbayev state-owned enterprise in Kaplanbek, among others. The products of Kargalinsky winery have been awarded many prizes at international exhibitions and contests, and received three gold medals at the Kazakhstan International Exhibition, Sharap 2003. Today, its products can be found in more than 200 stores in Almaty, as well as in Aktobe, Atyrau, Aktau, Astana, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Semei and Ust Kamenogorsk.
Asar LTD is the official distributor for DANISCO, one of the world’s largest producers of food ingredients and a leader in comprehensive technological methods for the commercial production of all kinds of food. The company produces a wide range of ingredients, including flavourings, stabilizers, texture ingredients, natural preservatives, enzymes, emulsifiers, and bread improvers. It is lowering costs and optimizing production, consequently increasing output, prolonging shelf life and improving the quality of its finished products. DANISCO offers a full range of products to food producers, and satisfies demand in terms of the taste, safety and usability of its foodstuffs.
Istok CJSC was founded on the basis of the Shemonaikhinsky butter and cheese factory. It produces dairy products: milk, butter, hard rennet cheese (Kostromskoi, Sibiryak and fat-free cheese), full cream and non-fat milk powder, full-cream dairy products (pasteurized milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, kefir, yoghurt, katyk, pasteurized cream, molten milk, flavoured yoghurt drinks, and chocolate milk), melted cheese and smoked cheese, condensed milk and ice-cream. All its products are licensed, and made from fine natural raw materials, without the addition of preservatives. The company participated in the Second Kazakhstan Exhibition, Agroprodexpo’99, and won one bronze, three silver and five gold medals for its quality products. It also was awarded two gold and two bronze medals at the exhibition The Food Market of Kazakhstan in 2000.
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