Russian Sausage Producers Reduce the Volume of Casings

The sausage market analysis shows that although the overall production of sausages and delicacies in Russia is rising, the volumes of some casings began decreasing. Producers do this in order to keep the product prices affordable for the consumers.

The sausage market analysis by the BusinesStat experts shows that the average sausage production in Russia increased by 8% in 2022, up to 2.61 mln tonnes. At the same time, however, producers decrease the volumes of sausage casings and slices in sliced sausages. Producers do these tricks in order to keep the sausage prices within the affordable range, so as not to scare the buyers off.

98% of Russian sausages and meat delicacies are made in Russia. Most of the remaining two percent is supplied by Belarus. Russia sometimes prohibits the import of individual shipments to prevent the illegal re-export of prohibited products.

The analysts, however, noted in their study that the Russian sausage market depends on the import. For example, 70% of all casings for sausages and other meat products used in Russian production are imported from other countries. Following the sanctions on the import of food casings to Russia imposed by the European Union in July, producers were forced to search for new logistical routes, for example, through China, India and Serbia. Some producers decided to switch to natural casings.

Some Russian companies, for instance, “Belkozin” in Leningrad region (collagen casings) and “Atlantis-Pack” in Rostov region (polyamide casings) tried to occupy the niche of food casing production. The experts explain that they are not enough to cover the entire market demand. Moreover, they face the need of imported components for casing production. Thus, the experts predict problems in this sector over the next few years, not only due to the production challenges, but also due to the decrease in the purchasing power of Russian consumers.