Uniconf LLC is the largest confectionery holding in Eastern Europe.
About the company
The Uniconf Holding is the leader on Russia’s confectionery market; it unites 19 Russian confectioneries, including Moscow’s largest enterprises such as Krasny Oktyabr, Babaevsky Confectionery Concern, Rot Front, Russian Chocolates, and several regional companies. They produce all types of confectionery goods: chocolate, chocolate boxed sets, chocolates sold by weight, baked goods (waffles, biscuits, cereals, treacle cakes, cakes), lollipops, marshmallow, toffees, and Oriental sweets.
Moscow enterprises have 8,514 employees. In 2016, they plan to produce about 255,000 tons of goods.
Uniconf owns Russia’s most famous brands, including Alionka®, Babaevsky®, Artpassion®, The Brown Bear®, Little Red Riding Hood®, Korovka®, the Tula treacle cake. The products are sold via a broad distribution network in Russia (over 170,000 retail points throughout the country), and is also shipped to the US, Europe, the CIS countries, and to the several countries of the Middle East. Both the traditional brands and the new additions created on a regular basis following the customers’ demand enjoy a steady popularity. Low-sugar products are given priority attention.
The holding continues to work on its government contract portfolio by expanding its cooperation with state and municipal bodies (regular customers include: Kremlevsky Food Services Federal Unitary Enterprise; the Government of the Russian Federation; the Moscow City Government; the Patriarch’s Moscow Offices). The holding offers all categories of its products for procurement under federal and city government contracts.
The company intends to offer new products in its school foods segment to provide pre-schools and schools with high-quality confectionery goods.
Advantages of doing business in Moscow
According to the company, one of the principal advantages of doing business in Moscow is the well-structured interaction with the municipal and territorial bodies in those districts where the holding’s enterprises are located. The manufacturing process is also positively influenced by the comprehensive support the Moscow City Government offers to large investment projects.
The Moscow City Government’s support measures
In 2015, the Moscow City Government developed a mechanism for providing comprehensive support for existing efficient enterprises and technoparks. The company estimates that the system of benefits and remunerations the city government offers to Moscow’s enterprises and industrial complexes significantly contributes to developing manufacturing. The city government also supported the project of founding a corporate innovation center for developing, testing, and putting into mass production new confectionery goods intended, among other things, as part of the import substitution.
Receiving industrial complex status
Departments of the Moscow City Government have informed the holding and enterprises' top management that such a status could be obtained. All the necessary consulting services were rendered, and complete information on the procedure for submitting the status application and on putting together the required set of documents was provided.
Developing manufacturing in Moscow
In future, the holding plans to expand confectionery production in several groups and categories of its products. The plans include expanding the assortment, installing new equipment for confectionery production, constructing warehouse facilities, and also drawing on Moscow’s labor resources.