At present, Norwegian frozen and smoked salmon, several kinds of semi-hard and stinky cheese are sold at Russia’s IKEA stores. They will have to stop selling their stock or expiry date comes to an end, she said.
“There will be no replacement because this is genuine Swedish cheese. And it would be senseless to replace Norwegian salmon because it is well-known Scandinavian brand in Russia,” Tikhonova said.
IKEA, founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943, is a Swedish retail company specializing in furniture. IKEA has a total of 305 stores in 26 countries. In 2012-2013 IKEA’s profit increased by 3.1% and reached up to 3.3 billion euro. In 2013 IKEA sales in Russia increased by 18%.