The "Krasny Oktyabr" (Red October) confectionery factory in Moscow has turned 135.
The factory was founded in 1867 by a Ferdinand Teodore Einem, a German merchant of modest means from Wuerttemberg. He began his business in Arbat, a street in downtown Moscow by opening a small workshop for producing sweets. During the Crimean war the German businessman supplied the Russian army with syrups and jams. After having made money on that, Einem built a factory and opened a network of shops all over Moscow.
In 1889 he erected a new building to replace the old factory in Bersenyevskaya Embankment. The assortment of produce turned out by the factory in those years was rather wide and included chocolate with meat extract, glazed fruits, pickles, semi-finished products for other confectioneries and many other things. Particularly popular were "sweet baskets" for brides.
The output of the Einem factory enjoyed a good reputation not only in Russia, but also in Western Europe, Persia, China and the Middle East, where they were in high demand.
After the October Socialist Revolution, the Einem Partnership of steam factory for chocolate and tea cookies was nationalized and given the name of Krasny Oktyabr.
After the Soviet Union's disintegration and the socio-economic changes carried out in Russia, and having successfully survived the crisis in the early 1990, the factory enlarged its output, with Krasny Oktyabr today producing over 200 types of products, retaining its invariably high reputation among consumers.