14ymedio, Havana, 28 June 2017 — This week the official media have
fueled expectations among consumers in Havana with an announcement of
"the return of soy yogurt," a product of the rationed market that has
not been distributed in the capital for nearly a year.
After the announcement, hundreds of customers crowded around outside the
dairy outlets, but a national television report clarified that the
distribution will be "gradual" until it reaches the 85,000 children in
the city who are authorized to receive a share of this product.
During the last year, children between the ages of seven and fourteen
have been receiving a powdered mix to make a dairy substitute shake, but
it has been strongly criticized for its poor quality.
The interruption of the sale of soy yogurt was due to the technological
deterioration experienced by Havana's Milk Complex, especially the steam
boiler, which has been in operation for more than 40 years.
The malfunctions forced production to stop for eight months in order to
undertake a repair that included the importing of new boilers, and
maintenance work on the cold storage facilities and the production
rooms. In addition, the distribution service will now be made from a
renovated truck lot.
However, many parents are wary about whether the renovations will last,
and fear that the soy yogurt will disappear "gradually."
Source: Soy Yogurt Will "Gradually" Return to Havana – Translating Cuba
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