Consumers Grapple with a Lack of Sunflower Oil as the Ukraine Crisis Continues

As a consequence of the on-going conflict in Ukraine, The King’s Deli, like many other crisp brands has had to swap sunflower oil for a new alternative. We’ve opted to replace sunflower oil with rapeseed oil to ensure the continuation of our popular crisp range.

What is Sunflower Oil?

Sunflower oil is made from the pressed seeds of sunflowers and is a type of vegetable oil that is predominantly used for deep/shallow frying, roasting and baking. Sunflower oil can withstand high temperatures and comes in three varieties, organic, high-oleic and cold pressed.

Why is There a Shortage of Sunflower Oil?

Both Ukraine and Russia export approximately 60- 80% of the world’s sunflower oil, with a significant reduction (95%) in Ukraine exports since Russia invaded on 24th February 2022.

The on-going situation has resulted in a majority of Western countries imposing sanctions on Russia. This combined with the scale of disruption due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has contributed to consequential issues around sunflower exports from Ukraine and Russia.

What is the Best Substitute for Sunflower Oil?

Due to the shortage of sunflower oil, cost of the product is increasing, with some sellers limiting the volume of sunflower oil that can be purchased per one customer at a time.

To lower costs and ensure smooth productivity levels, many are opting for sunflower oil alternatives. Here are some of the best substitutes of sunflower oil:

  1. Rapeseed Oil
  2. Peanut Oil
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Walnut Oil
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Butter
  7. Avocado Oil
  8. Vegetable Oil

Stock Crisps Fit for a King

We may have compromised on our cooking oil, but we’ve not compromised on flavour and quality. The King’s Deli range is tastier than ever, with new and exciting flavours on the horizon.

Our award winning selection of crisps includes staples such as, Salt & Black Pepper, Katsu Curry, Honey BBQ, Cheese and more!

Shop The King’s Deli range now. If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch by calling 0151 488 7812.