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Fast-food chains open in Russia, mostly silent about Ukraine

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Fast-food chains open in Russia, mostly silent about Ukraine

McDonald’s has not made a statement about the attack. A company spokesperson did not respond to questions about whether its restaurants were open in Russia, and how they are receiving supplies or handling payments. Global logistics and freight firms have halted shipments to Russia and the country has cut off access to vital international financial and payment systems.

PepsiCo also did not provide a statement about its operations in Russia, and a spokesperson did not respond to multiple emails seeking comment. The company said on its website that it is the largest food and beverage maker in Russia, investing hundreds of millions of dollars in three manufacturing plants in the country. Last year, Russia accounted for $3.4 billion, or more than 4 percent, of PepsiCo’s $79.4 billion in revenue.

PepsiCo reached an agreement in the early 1970s that allowed Russia to bottle Pepsi, becoming the first American consumer product to be manufactured and sold in the Soviet Union. In return, a subsidiary of a company that already marketed Soviet vodka received exclusive rights to sell Soviet champagne, wine, and brandy in the United States. In the late 1980s, the Soviet Union renewed its agreement with PepsiCo, giving it a fleet of ships.

In a statement to global employees on Friday, Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson condemned the “unprovoked, unjust and horrific attacks” on Ukraine by Russia.

Mr Johnson said the company would donate any royalties it receives from its operations in Russia to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, along with other financial contributions. On Saturday, a spirited website for Starbucks in Russia, which is run by Kuwaiti conglomerate Alashya Group, showed about 130 stores in the country open and operating with normal business hours.

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Yum Brands, which has more than 1,000 KFCs and 50 Pizza Huts in Russia — all owned and operated by franchisees — said it was making financial donations to various humanitarian relief organizations.

As for operations in Russia, the company said in a statement that it is “monitoring the evolving situation very closely” and it is too early to discuss the impact.

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