Sunflower oil is the most common oil in the Russian Federation. The product, which often quite familiar to our housewife, appeared in Russia less than two centuries ago. All these years, the industry has been actively developing, improving production technology, and expanding its scope beyond home cooking oils. Sunflower oil is also used in the food industry, and for technical purposes in other industries as well.
Despite the fact that olive, rapeseed, sesame, linseed oil and other types are becoming more popular, sunflower oil remains the most consumed product (95%) in the Russian vegetable oil market.
Aston – Aston is one of the largest Russian producers of food, food ingredients and components for the production of fodder, a leading exporter of agricultural products and vegetable oils. The company was founded in 1997, and its headquarters is located in Rostov-on-Don. The structural units of Aston have about 4000 employees. Key areas of activity are: production of foodstuffs and food ingredients, international trade, logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair, and agricultural production. The company comprises agricultural enterprises in the Rostov region, which implements and uses energy and resource efficient technologies. Yields of cereals in farms is higher than the average in Russia. The Morozovsk branch of OJSC “Aston” produces vegetable oils under the brand names “Zateya”, “Magic Land”, “Svetlitsa”, and “Aston” – as well as products for major retail chains under their own brands. The company provides international and domestic transportation by sea and rail.
Yug Rusi is a leading Russian agroindustrial group of companies. The Group is engaged in the sale and processing of grain, production of vegetable oil (well-recognized brands as “Zolotaya Semechka”, “Avedov”, “Zlato”) and other food products. The group includes 20 agricultural enterprises of Rostov, Volgograd and Krasnodar regions, ten oil production plants, and bread-baking plants.
Yug Rusi is the leading company on the Russian market of vegetable oil, and offers vegetable oil for consumers in premium, mid and economical price segments. This company is the largest Russian exporter of bottled oil.
Yug Rusi owns AGRO-TV, a channel about agricultural business and living in a village.
Solnechnie Produkti – Solnechnie Produkti (Sun Products) is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding, specializing in crop production, production and distribution of vegetable oils and other products. It’s one of the top three oil and fat market companies, and one of the top 20 largest Russian agro-industrial companies.
Solnechnie Produkti took second place in Russia in terms of production of crude sunflower oil, fats and margarine for the industry, as well as the third largest producer of packaged margarine and also 4th place in the mayonnaise market. Solnechnie Produkti is considered an absolute leader in the production of laundry soap in Russia and the CIS.
Its holding company includes agricultural enterprises, elevator systems, an oil extraction plant in the Saratov region and the Krasnodar Territory, fat complexes in Saratov, Moscow, and Novosibirsk, as well as trading houses within a wide network of representative offices in Russia and the CIS. Current management holdings consist of 157 thousand Hectares of agricultural land, across 11 regions of the Volga region.
Other sunflower oil manufacturers in Russia: NMGK Group, EFKO Group and Bunge CIS.