Azerbaijan’s trademark is pomegranates and the whole world is aware of it because 98% of produce of the AZNAR Factory goes for export. Today, we are going to visit the two largest canning factories in Azerbaijan, namely AZNAR (Grante) and Gabalinsky Canning Factory (Jale). The history of Azerbaijan is inseparably linked to the culture of pomegranate cultivation. Traditionally, pomegranates have been cultivated in almost every region of Azerbaijan. The pomegranates growing in the Geokchai District are most often used for juice production.
Geokchai pomegranates have won an international recognition and became a synonym of "true Azerbaijani pomegranates". The secret of this magnificent taste and guaranteed quality is a unique area microclimate and soil composition, which is not seen anywhere else in the world. They need 3 kg of pomegranates to make one liter of pomegranate juice. AZNAR produces both bottled juice (up to 15,000 bottles of juice daily) and concentrated juice in aseptic containers to deliver to the customer.
In 1978 the Soviet authorities approved the general plan of the city of Almaty indicating the first subway line. In 1980 the Soviet Government signed a decree that ordered to start the construction of a
subway in Almaty. The actual construction started in 1988 and was paid by the Soviet budget while Kazakhstan incurred only indirect expenditures. Let us see how the process is being developed today.