The chain has pledged to introduce new packaging using the words chicken Kyiv, as opposed to the Russian spelling of Kiev, in the popular dishes it stocks
Sainsbury’s will change the name of chicken Kiev as Vladamir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine continues.
The chain will bring in new packaging using the Ukrainian spelling for chicken Kyiv, as opposed to the Russian spelling of Kiev.
It will also stop selling products which are wholly from Russia, of which there are two being currently sold.
Russian Standard vodka and Karpayskiye black sunflower seed have also been removed from its shelves, the company said.
BirminghamLive reports Sainsbury’s statement which said: “We stand united with the people of Ukraine.
“We have reviewed our product range and have decided to remove from sale all products that are 100% sourced from Russia.”
People on social media urged other supermarkets to follow suit reports Manchester Evening News.
One poster said: “Is it time that Chicken Kiev is renamed Chicken Kyiv? How about it @sainsburys @asda @Tesco @waitrose @Morrisons? #ukraine #chickenkyiv”
Another said: “Kiev is the Russian name for the city. Come on @asda @LidlGB @AldiUK @Tesco @sainsburys @MandSnews @waitrose show your support and change the spelling #ChickenKyiv”
A third tweeted: “Food manufacturers! Listen up – change the Kiev (Russian spelling) to Kyiv (ulkranian spelling). Chicken Kyiv. Thanks @Tesco @AldiUK @LidlGB @sainsburys @Morrisons @asda #kyiv”
And a fourth said: “Should chicken Kiev now be called chicken Kyiv? #Ukraine @Tesco @asda @AldiUK @sainsburys @IcelandFoods”
It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
The attack has led to biting sanctions from Europe, the US and others, and western companies are withdrawing en-masse from Russia in response.
On Friday, JD Sports also announced plans to withdraw from Russia, following other clothing retailers such as Asos and Boohoo.
The move is largely symbolic as the business only makes 0.05% of its sales in Russia through its website and wholesale partners.
It also has no sites or employees in either Russia or Ukraine.
“Everyone at JD is shocked and deeply concerned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expresses the utmost sympathy for all Ukrainians,” the company said.
It added: “The conflict in Ukraine continues to generate serious concern and we look forward to reconciliation and the return to peace within the region.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.