Tax officers reveal illegal coffee packaging workshop

July 9 2004


YEREVAN, JULY 9, ARMENPRESS: Armenian tax officers tracked down a
Lebanese Armenian who was running an illegal workshop that was
grinding and packaging coffee. The Lebanese, Arsen Sarkisian, hired a
building in a Yerevan community and installed makeshift equipment for
roasting, grinding and packaging of coffee. After searching the
workshop tax officers found around 1,000 kg of coffee beans, 6 kg of
peas that were mixed with ground coffee. The ground coffee was packed
in paper-bags carrying the trademark of Cafe du Brazil. The tax
officers revealed also 1,300 packs of ground coffee carrying the
trademark of Knarik and Black Coffee, granted to G. Mkhchian firm.
Sarkisian admitted that he was engaged in this business since last
April without having the license. Investigators are calculating now
the amount of damages he sustained to the budget and are trying to
discover the illegally produced packs of coffee in local trade
outlets. An investigation is started into the case.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress