Armenia one of the three countries of the Caucasus and, like the other two (georgia and azerbaijan), formerly a republic in the Soviet Union, has a culinary importance which transcends its present boundaries. Armenians are to be found not only in neighbouring Russia, Turkey, and Iran but also in many other places. They have been among the great emigrants of history and their communities in the usa (where they first arrived in the 17th century) are prominent. Many such Armenians have been successful in the food industry. They have speciality foodshops, delicatessens, restaurants, and bakeries.