Ukraine: Retail Foods Report
The Ukrainian food retail industry is growing slowly in the post-crisis period. The share of unorganized trade remains high. Political and economic turbulences harshly impacted middle-income consumers in recent years, pushing food sales into the lower-price segments. Although insignificant, the top market segment did not suffer considerably. Chains were optimizing product selection in different locations and focusing on smaller store formats. Larger chains continued expansion by both opening new stores and remodeling stores acquired from smaller chains going out of business. Two major retail chains are now responsible for almost 20 percent of the market. The share of imported consumer-ready food products remains insignificant due to low incomes. Products from the EU dominate the market due to geographic proximity and consumer preferences.