Chicken Kyiv: UK supermarkets consider renaming popular dish

Chicken Kyiv: UK supermarkets consider renaming popular dish

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Some top UK supermarkets are reportedly considering renaming Chicken Kiev to Chicken Kyiv.

It has been reported that Tesco is considering renaming one of its popular products to show support for the Ukrainian people, changing Chicken Kiev to ‘Chicken Kyiv’. Fellow top supermarkets Morrisons and Sainsbury’s are also reportedly considering the action.

The capital of Ukraine was known as Kiev under Soviet rule, but Kyiv has been favoured on an international level since the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs started the online campaign KyivNotKiev in 2018.

Waitrose and Marks & Spencer do not currently intend to rename their products, but some smaller companies have been boycotting Russian goods.

The UK company Finnebrogue Artisan tweeted that they too had decided to rename their vegetarian version of Chicken Kiev “in solidarity with the Ukrainian people”.

People have argued that changing the spelling is a small yet significant and peaceful way of showing support for Ukraine and taking a stand against Russia.

One person tweeted: “Let’s start a campaign to rename Chicken Kiev, the Russian name for Kyiv, to the Ukrainian name and call it Chicken Kyiv from now on.”

Another said: “I still think @marksandspencer is missing a real trick in not renaming its iconic Chicken Kiev – a dish that launched the entire ready meal industry – as Chicken Kyiv and donating profits to Ukraine Red Cross or similar. Come on, guys…”


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