The Latvian subsidiary of Dutch-owned Brabantia announced it would build an 8.5 million euro household goods plant in Liepaja. A plot in the Karosta industrial park has been set aside. Martins Abols, a Liepaja official, said Brabantia, which manufactures items such as bread boxes, ironing boards and dustbins, has decided to cut production at its other plants and shift part of production to Latvia.
One of Poland's largest pizza chains, Pizza Dominium, will reportedly enter the Lithuanian market in 2008. Pizza Dominium currently owns a chain of 50 pizzerias in Poland and is the country's third-largest pizza chain after TelePizza and Pizza Hut. The Ukrainian online news portal Delo.ua stated that next year the chain also plans to open 15 new pizza restaurants in Ukraine and to expand into Romania.
A U.S. vessel carrying frozen chicken was forced to wait four days before mooring in the Klaipeda Port last week, raising the possibility of hefty fines. According to reports, the Ref Star, laden with 8,500 tons of frozen poultry, was denied rights to dock due to a dispute between two port companies 's Klaipeda Refrigerator Terminal and Klaipedos Smelte. Some 145,000 euros will have to be paid to the shipment's consignee in Kazakhstan, the Lietuvos Rytas daily reported.