Supermarkets remove Russian vodka from shelves

Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Asda and Waitrose have all announced that they will seize Russian goods during the war in Ukraine.

Sainsbury’s will remove Russian standard vodka and Karpayskiye black sunflower seeds from its shelves.

Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership, will no longer sell Russian vodka.

Asda’s announcement will apply to about 100 products – mostly spirits, but also fish and some sweets.

Supermarkets are following in the footsteps of Morrison and Co-op, who on Thursday said they would withdraw from selling Russian-made vodka.

Sainsbury’s said it would rename the chicken kiev “Chicken Kiev” to match the capital’s Ukrainian spelling.

A spokesman for Britain’s second-largest supermarket said: “We are united with the people of Ukraine.

“We have reviewed our product range and decided to remove from sale all products that are 100% derived from Russia.”

Mohsin Isa, co-owner of Asda, said: “We stand with our customers and colleagues who are shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – and our thoughts are with the people whose lives have been affected by this crisis.”

Meanwhile, the John Lewis Partnership said it would also remove a line of Russian-made pizza oven pellets from sales in its department stores.

A spokesman said: “We are working with our suppliers to ensure that the material is of Russian origin and will try to mitigate further exposure in the region.”

Co-op, the first supermarket chain to announce such a move on Thursday, said their decision was “a sign of solidarity with the people of Ukraine”.

It immediately stopped selling Russian standard vodka because it was “publicly marketed as Russian” and was produced in the country, a Co-op spokesman said.

Sainsbury’s confirmed on Friday that it would continue to sell JJ Whitley vodka products, with manufacturers saying it plans to move all production from St. Petersburg to Charlie, Lancashire.

“We support their announcement earlier this week that they are moving all production to Charlie in the UK by the end of this month and therefore will continue to sell those products,” it said.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Tesco is also considering renaming Chicken Kiev to match the Ukrainian spelling of the capital city, Kiev.

It has not yet confirmed whether it will remove Russian-origin products, but has previously said it is following UK government rules on trade with the country.

Elsewhere, other European supermarkets have stepped in. Netto Discount Chain has already stopped selling Russian products across its stores in Germany, Poland and Denmark.

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