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Kernel is the No. 1 producer and marketer of bottled oil in Ukraine, where the company supplies approximately 1/3 of all bottled oil sold on the market. Sunflower oil is still today, traditionally and culturally, the former Soviet Union’s vegetable oil of choice. People have used sunflower oil processed in Ukraine and South Russia for a variety of culinary purposes for decades. Consumers in both Ukraine and Russia continue to buy mostly sunflower oil, while demand for other vegetable oils remains low. Most of our bottled oil is sold under three well-known brands (Schedry Dar, Stozhar and Chumak Zolota) targeted to different consumer segments while private label sales account for minor share of bottled oil sales.
Kernel delivers its consumers, whether in Ukraine or abroad, with quality oil produced and bottled at the Group’s own production facilities. The bottled oil segment is vertically integrated, including the origination and crushing of seed, the refining and deodorization of the crude oil, bottling, delivery and marketing of branded products to distributors and retailers. Kernel owns and operates oil refining facilities with an annual aggregate capacity of 173,000 tons in Ukraine and an annual bottling capacity of 134,000 tons directly at its Poltava and Prikolotnoe crushing plants. Both of these sites are designed and equipped with state-of-the-art production lines that guarantee a seamless seed-to-bottle production cycle, ensuring efficiency of production, food quality and security.