Theme Week Moscow – Red October

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Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com – Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

The Red October is a Russian manufacturer of confectionery and the name of the same factory in Moscow. In 1851 the Brandenburg confectioner Theodor Ferdinand von Einem (1826-1876) from Belzig opened up a small pastry shop on the Arbat Street. In the shop “Einem”, chocolate and candy were produced. He employed five staff. In 1857 he met his future business partner, the German businessman Julius Heuss (1832-1907) from Walddorf in the Black Forest. In the same year they jointly opened a pastry shop at the Theater Square in Moscow.

After the October Revolution, the company was nationalized and in 1918 in “State Confectionery Factory No. 1, formerly Einen” renamed. 1922, the company received its present name “Red October”. In 1992 the company was transformed into a corporation. On 27 May 1994 a museum was set up on the factory premises. in 2002 Red October become part of the United Confectioners confectionery holding. In 2007 the production was moved to the north of the city. The factory museum and a small shop, which sells sweets from Red October, are left in place. The six-hectare site in the best location possible could be saved from demolition and lucrative redevelopment. In the converted factory buildings are now boutiques of fashion designers at affordable rents, a café with video installations, a popular discotheque overlooking the Moskva River and a television station for Internet television.

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © Keith Wildman/cc-by-sa-3.0 Alyonka chocolate © Sasha Krotov Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Maarten/cc-by-2.0 Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © A.Savin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0
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Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0
“Alyonka”, produced since 1965, is one of the most famous chocolate bars of the Red October factory. Today they are still just as popular as when they just arrived on the market. Alyonka can be described as a long thin bar of chocolate weighing 100 grams. The bar is subdivided into 3×5 tiles, each of which have the name of the factory imprinted on it in Russian – «Красный Октябрь».

Since 2008 each candy bar costs 40 rubles. The wrapper depicts a blue-eyed girl wearing a traditional Russian head scarf, who is presumably “Alyonka”, an endearing form of the name Alyona. The illustration is based on a photograph of the daughter of one of the artists working at the factory. Though many women have claimed to have been the famous child, at present all claims turned out to be false. Rumour has it that “Alyonka” had become a nun in one of Russia’s monasteries.

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