The History of Roshen Confections

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Roshen Confectionery Corporation


Brand slogans: Ukr.: Solodkyi znak yakosti! ("Sweet mark of quality!"); Eng.: "Fine chocolate since 1996"


Privately held company






Petro Poroshenko


Kiev, Ukraine

Area served

Europe, Asia, North America[1]

Key people

Petro Poroshenko


200 various types of confectionery


Increase USD 1 billion (2010)[2]

Number of employees

10 000 (2012, including subsidiaries)[3]



Roshen Confectionery Corporation (Ukrainian: Кондитерська корпорація "Рошен" Kondyterska Korporatsiya "Roshen") is a Ukrainian confectionery manufacturing group, controlled by Petro Poroshenko. The leading manufacturer of confectionery products in the country,[4] it united factories in the Ukrainian cities of Bershad, Kiev, Vinnytsia, Mariupol and Kremenchuk, as well as in Klaipėda (Lithuania) and Lipetsk (Russia). The name of the company was derived from the last name of its owner, Poroshenko.


In 2012, the Roshen Corporation was ranked 18th in the "Industry Top 100" list of world's largest confectionery companies.[3] It has a total annual production volume exceeding 410,000 tonnes.[1][5] It exports to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the United States, Canada, Germany and Israel.[5] It exported to Russia, with 40 percent of the company's grosses came from there until Russia stopped importing from the company in July 2013.[6]


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1 History

2 Products and brands

3 Public commitments

4 Interesting facts

5 References

6 External links


Roshen chocolate.

Kiev Roshen Factory in the New Year 2012

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Since March 2013, Roshen began co-production with a contract manufacturer in Hungary.[7][8]


In July 2013, Russia banned all Roshen imports due to dissatisfaction with the packaging labeling.[1][9][10][11] Soon after Roshen products were also checked in Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova but this did not lead to complaints.[10] On 21 October 2013, the Russia's ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said, "There are no problems with the quality of products, they are safe. But there are problems associated with the production technology, using some ingredients that are not certified in accordance with the law."[10] According to the 17 December 2013 Ukrainian-Russian action plan by 1 March 2014 Roshen products should have been back in Russian stores.[12] But on 12 March 2014, acting head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare Anna Popova stated that Ukraine had not yet fulfilled their requirements to return Roshen products to the Russian market.[13]


Late March 2014 the Roshen factory in Lipetsk (Russia) was closed down and its local manager director charged with "conspiring with unnamed others to use a registered trademark illegally to extract additional profits".[14] Ukraine and the factory workers suspected the factory was closed because of Roshen's owner Petro Poroshenko involvement in Euromaidan and his participation in the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election.[14] According to Reuters some of the Roshen factory workers in Lipetsk felt embarrassed to work for Ukrainians "swept up in a wave of Russian patriotism since Moscow annexed Crimea" and gossiped about rumours of how the management "paid Ukrainians more money and were cheating the Russians".[14] On 13 May 2014 Russia banned the sale of Roshen products in Crimea.[15]


During the election campaign of the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election Roshen owner Poroshenko pledged to sell all his shares in Roshen if elected President; Poroshenko was elected President but by late December 2014 was not able to find a buyer for the company.[16]

Products and brands[edit]

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"ROSHEN" (depicted in capitalized Latin script only) is the umbrella brand of all of the corporation's products. The name is a truncated version of Poroshenko, its owner.


Roshen makes a wide range of about 320 types of confectionery, including chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, waffles, and cakes,[5][16] but is famous mostly by "Kyiv Vechirniy" chocolate and Kiev cakes, produced by the flagship Kiev Roshen Factory in Kiev. The corporation has a wide range of more affordable and less sophisticated products famous for high chocolate content.[9] In 2013 the company manufactured about 200 types of confectionery products and in total produced 410,000 tonnes of products that year.[5]

Public commitments[edit]


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Recently all company's facilities practice intense and sophisticated decorative lighting on their buildings, especially during national holidays.

ROSHEN Factory in Vinnytsia

Roshen Fountain on Vinnytsia's Festyvalny Isle, the only one in Ukraine and the largest floating fountain in Europe

Interesting facts[edit]

Company's founder and owner Petro Poroshenko suffers from diabetes prohibiting him from eating confectionery.




1.^ Jump up to: a b c "Attitude of Russian watchdog to Roshen products related to labels alone – Ukrainian confectioners". Interfax-Ukraine. 6 August 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

2.Jump up ^ "Roshen Corporation". UPIGROUP. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011.

3.^ Jump up to: a b "2013 Top 100 Companies". Retrieved 19 August 2013.

4.Jump up ^ "Roshen suspends export of confectionery products to Russia". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

5.^ Jump up to: a b c d "Roshen products to be allowed back to Russian market after violations eliminated - Rospotrebnadzor". Interfax-Ukraine. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

6.Jump up ^ "Ukraine Election: The Chocolate King Rises". Spiegel Online. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

7.Jump up ^ На фоне скандала в России Roshen начал выпуск шоколада в ЕС [Against the backdrop of a scandal in Russia Roshen has begun to release chocolate in the EU]. (in Russian). 31 July 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

8.Jump up ^ Roshen выпустил шоколад в Венгрии [Roshen chocolate released in Hungary]. LigaBiznesInform (in Russian). 31 July 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

9.^ Jump up to: a b Kuryata, Nina (17 Aug 2013). "The Fifth Floor". BBC World Service. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

10.^ Jump up to: a b c Anastasia Zanuda (21 October 2013). Росспоживчнагляд почне перевіряти Roshen на якість [Russian agency will start checking the quality of Roshen] (in Ukrainian). BBC Ukraine. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

11.Jump up ^ "Russian inspectors have woeful impression of products of Roshen's Ukrainian factories - Onishchenko". Interfax-Ukraine. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

12.Jump up ^ "Ukrainian wagons, Roshen sweets to return to Russian market in early 2014, says Russian economy ministry". Interfax-Ukraine. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

13.Jump up ^ У Путіна кажуть, що Roshen не виконав їхні вимоги [Putin said that Roshen has not fulfilled their requirements] (in Ukrainian). Ukrayinska Pravda. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

14.^ Jump up to: a b c Elizabeth Piper (2 April 2014). "Bitter times for chocolate factory in Russia-Ukraine crisis". Lipetsk, Russia. Reuters. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

15.Jump up ^ Росія заборонила ввозити цукерки Roshen в Крим [Russia has banned the import of Roshen sweets in Crimea] (in Ukrainian). Ukrayinska Pravda. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

16.^ Jump up to: a b "Poroshenko won't rule out Roshen sale to management in installments due to absence of buyers". Interfax-Ukraine. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015.


Petro Poroshenko

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Kyiv cake

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Kyiv cake slice

Alternative names

Kiev cake



Place of origin


Region or state




Karl Marx Confectionery Factory

Main ingredients

Meringue, hazelnuts, chocolate

Food energy

(per serving)

481 kilocalories per 100 g[1] kcal

Cookbook: Kyiv cake   Media: Kyiv cake


A Kyiv cake or Kiev cake (Ukrainian: торт "Київський") is a brand of dessert cake, made in Kiev, Ukraine since December 6, 1956[2] by the Karl Marx Confectionery Factory (now a subsidiary of the Roshen corporation). It soon became popular all over the USSR.


The cake has become one of the symbols of Kiev city, particularly by its brand name and package, depicting the chestnut leaf (the informal coat of arms of Kiev).


The cake has two airy layers of meringue with hazelnuts, chocolate glaze, and a buttercream-like filling.[1]

Opened cake, close-up.

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Sans rival and silvana




1.^ Jump up to: a b Київський (in Ukrainian). Roshen. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

2.Jump up ^ Вечерние Вести [1]. Retrieved 2012-12-06.


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Article in the KyivPost


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Kiev Roshen Factory


Privately held company






Valentin Yefimov


Kiev, Ukraine

Number of employees

3 000



Roshen Confectionery Corporation




Kiev Roshen Factory (Ukrainian: Київська фабрика ROSHEN), formerly known as the Karl Marx Kiev Confectionery Factory.[1] (Ukrainian: Київська кондитерська фабрика імені Карла Маркса) is the largest confectionery company in Kiev, Ukraine, and the most important subdivision of the Roshen Confectionery Corporation.


Contents  [hide]

1 History

2 Products

3 References

4 External links



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Kiev Roshen Factory in the New Year 2012

The factory was founded in 1874 by Valentin Yefimov. In 1923, it was named after Karl Marx by the Soviet authorities in order to celebrate his 105th anniversary. Petro Poroshenko acquired control over the factory soon after its privatization in the 1990s, making it the basis for the future Roshen Corporation; a major modernization with Western equipment followed.


It is unclear when exactly the Roshen decided to officially rename the factory dropping the "Karl Marx" part.


The factory produces more than 100 different products of confectionery, including a variety of chocolate bars, candies, cakes, cookies, and fruit jellies. Among the factory's best-known brands are: "Kyivsky" cake; "Kyiv Vechirniy" chocolate and nut candies; "Chaika", "Teatralnyi" and "Alionka" plain chocolate bars and other products.



1.Jump up ^ Ukraine tells Russia to ‘accept reality’ of new trade deal with EU, Euronews (28 August 2013)

External links[edit]

Київська фабрика ROSHEN Factory's page on Roshen Corporation website (Ukrainian)


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ROSHEN Confectionery Corporation  – one of the largest world manufacturers of confectionery products.


According to the world rating Industry Top 100 ROSHEN Confectionery Corporation ranks among the top-20.


Under its own "sweet quality mark" ROSHEN produces around 320 kinds of perfect quality confectionery products (chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, wafers, sponge cakes, swiss rolls and cakes). The total volume of production reaches 450 thousand tons per year.


Head office is located in Kiev City, Ukraine. The Corporation ROSHEN consits of  Ukrainian factories (Kiev, two production sites in Vinnitsa, and Kremenchug), two production sites of the Lipetsk Confectionery Factory (Russia), the Klaipeda Confectionery Factory (Lithuania), Bonbonetti Choco Kft (Budapest, Hungary) and also a butter-milk plant "Bershadmoloko", supplying the corporation plants with the natural high quality diary raw materials.


To improve storage conditions of raw materials and finished products, to optimize product delivery and to minimize product date of deposit at warehouse - the Corporation launched its own logistics centres.


The Production units of ROSHEN Confectionery Corporation are all certified in accordance with the requirements of the international quality and food safety standards. The enterprises of  ROSHEN Corporation apply a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, and food safety management, corresponding ISO 22000:2005 standards, thus each Factory of the Corporation has the Certificate of Conformity.


The monitoring of the product quality control and required researches is automized at every factory of the Roshen Corporation. Technology design and high quality product set-up is under the responsibility of the experts trained and certified by international specialized centers.


Launched confectionary products are produced with the application of the cut edge technologies. Modern high capacity equipment, strict adherence to the production technologies, only high quality raw materials guarantee key strengths and superiorities of the Roshen products.


We sell our products in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the USA, Canada, Israel and other countries.



Bonbonetti Choco Kft.

Bonbonetti Choco Kft., the most significant confectionary corporation of Hungary with the highest capacity, is the most prominent chocolate factory of the country.  It is the creator and producer of the famous ‘tibi’ chocolate, Cherry Queen cherry praline, Bonbonetti Christmas candies or the popular Francia Dragee and Dunakavics, and also elaborates and produces new series of TM Bonbonetti chocolate...



Kiev Confectionery Factory ROSHEN

Kiev confectionary factory ROSHEN , certified in accordance with international quality standards ISO 9001:2008 and food safety ISO 22000:2005, specializes in the production of chocolate products (chocolate, chocolate bars) and biscuit products.



Vinnitsa Confectionery Factory ROSHEN

Vinnitsa confectionary ROSHEN, certified in accordance with the requirements of international quality standards ISO 9001:2008 and food safety ISO 22000:2005.The factory specializes in: waffle and jelly products,chocolate-waffle cake, porous chocolate bars,sweets in boxes.



Kremenchug Confectionery Factory ROSHEN

Kremenchug confectionary factory ROSHEN, certified in accordance with international quality standards ISO 9001:2008 and food safety ISO 22000:2005, and IFS.



Lipetsk Confectionary Factory ROSHEN

Lipetsk confectionary factory ROSHEN manufactures its products at two workshops - in Lipetsk and v.Sentsovo.



Klaipeda Confectionery Factory

Klaipeda confectionary factory is European production site of the ROSHEN Corporation. Klaipeda confectionary factory is certified in accordance with international quality standard ISO 9001:2008. This factory specializes in the manufacture of caramel products – filled and unfilled hard candies, unique «hand-made like «Rocks». The product range includes about 20 items.


Klaipeda confectionary factory is a European production site of ROSHEN Corporation.


In 2006 ROSHEN Confectionery Corporation purchased the AB Klaipedos Konditerija factory in Lithuania, which has been producing the caramel. In early 2007, the invested capital in modernization of this factory constituted 750 thousand euro. From 2007 to 2010 the production capacity of Klaipeda factory had increased from 80 to 300 tons per a month.


 In June, 2010 the factory changed its legal structure from a joint-stock company to a closed joint-stock company and was renamed as UAB "Roshen". At the same period the Corporation top-management took a decision to modernize the factory.


In 2011 the outmoded equipment was completely replaced by the modern and new sugar and milk caramel production lines were installed. Full capacity will constitute 15,000 tons per year. After the factory modernization a product range will be enlarged by hard candies with fillings – «Citrus Juice», «Roshen Strawberry», «Roshen Milk», «Sweet Drop». Current products are sold in the EU internal market, and also will be exported.


Total investments in the Klaipeda plant modernization constituted round 8 million euros.


Klaipeda confectionary factory is certified in accordance with international quality standard ISO 9001:2008.


This factory specializes in the manufacturing of caramel products – filled and unfilled hard candies, unique «hand-made» candies like «Rocks». The product range is around 20 items.


Logistics Center

The total area of the complex is 60,000 m2, including warehouse premises area of 57,000 m2. The total capacity is up to 45,000 tons, out of which 20-25,000 tons are products and 20,000 tons are raw materials.


The logistics complex is compliant with all requirements set to Class A logistics center. It is equipped with Warehouse Management System (the innovative system of product flow management). WMS is an intellectual system not only taking into consideration all aspects, but also optimizing logistics processes from acceptance and to shipment of the products in the warehouse. By the time of a vehicle arrival, documents for its loading is received beforehand, is examined and processed. This allows to form an order in advance, for this reason, loading itself lasts for 30-35 minutes. The total time of the cargo transport's location in the territory of the center does not exceed an hour.




Purposes of the logistics complex foundation:


•To improve product storage conditions;


•To optimize product supplies;


•To establish ideal conditions for raw materials storage;


•To minimize products delays in the warehouse.



Construction of the logistics complex lasted over a year (November 2006 - January 2008). To achieve Class A standard, it was required not only to build the relevant premises and automate them, but also make new transport interchanges. 2 railway branches and 8 railway access roads were provided. For comprehensive project implementation, over 20 subcontractor organizations were engaged.




Special climate regime is permanently maintained in the premises. The year-round temperature is set at the level of +18oC (permissible deviation is +/- 2oC). Permanent humidity is 30-40%. Microclimate control is especially important in connection with the warehouse dimensions and specific nature of the products. As Roshen products are made of natural ingredients, they are especially sensitive to temperature differences. With the premises height of 12 m and warehousing height of 10 m, warm air shall be carefully traced not to rise, temperature differences shall be prevented all along the vertical. To support the climate regime in the logistics center, Lennox equipment is used.


 Except finished products, the following food ingredients shall be also stored in the complex: confectionery fat, cocoa, nuts, juices etc. (the total of approximately 200 items). For storage of each item specific conditions are required. Installed fridges with individual temperature regimes of +3 to +14oC, for juices, deepfreeze is provided for.


 For unimpeded operation of the logistics center, complex warehouse software was purchased from the USA and installed. In the same way, innovative transport warehouse equipment produced in Germany was mounted. For working in conditions of full automation, the group of specialists is already trained.


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