Sweets and delicacies have always been an integral part of every person's life. Currently, every second delicacy produced in Russia is based on food ingredients made by EFKO Group.
With our ingredients, we want to make consumers happier. To that end, products based on our cocoa butters and fats must not only taste fantastic, but also be healthy. Today, the cornerstone project for our R&D center is qualitative improvement of confectionery products through the use of innovative ingredients – sweet proteins and low-calorie fats.
The heart of the company's food ingredients business is our R&D center, where unique recipes for confectionery and bakery products, healthy food lines, plant-based products and ready-made technological solutions for growth of the company's partners' business are developed. The R&D center is not just a mini-scale confectionery or bakery production site but a real "Taste Research Institute." Here, we can test how an ingredient behaves, develop an exclusive recipe based on it that meets global trends, and recreate the production process from A to Z.
EFKO was the first company on the market to offer its customers not just ingredients, but complex technological solutions.
Today, we help our partners to organize the entire production chain, right up to selecting equipment, setting up recipes and forming new product lines and even fundamentally new business lines.
Since 2002, in vegetable fats, EFKO has gone from an unknown player who knew nothing about fat technology to a market leader with the most modern facilities for the production of specialty fats in Eastern Europe, selling its products to 14 countries and supplying its ingredients for the production of every second sweet treat made in Russia.
Our brands reflect the company's values and connect us with the consumer.
When creating and developing brands, we primarily focus on the needs of our customers - we try to tap into their desires and emotions.
This is difficult, important and knowledge-intensive work. But if it's done with quality and love for people, consumers will reciprocate and be grateful.
One of the main reasons for our success in B2B segments is our deep knowledge of branding and consumer marketing. This knowledge was tempered as we faced off against the strongest representatives of the market and multinational companies that brought their global brands and marketing technologies to Russia.
The company's branding today comprises distribution to 85% of outlets in Russia and almost 2,000 sales representatives and merchandisers, who make sure that customers can find the company's products in stores every day.
In the space of more than 25 years, EFKO has expanded its range to 23 product categories. A brand portfolio focused on different segments of the target audience and a deep understanding of its needs enables the company to maintain a leading position in the market for traditional products and create new successful brands.
What will the food industry be like in a few decades? For us, the answer is in biotechnology.
Biotechnology is the main focus of EFKO's innovations, since developments in this area are already making it possible to improve food quality and have the potential to change the future for people and the planet.
Unique technologies for obtaining sweet proteins, chymosin and phospholipase have already been scaled up to production level.Learn more
Biotechnologies are the future of the food industry, as they can improve the quality and quantity of food and radically change the way it is processed.
Why is biotechnology promising?
There are two answers to this:
1. The world's population is already approaching 8 billion, and this figure is only continuing to grow. In order to feed so many people, it is necessary to expand production, otherwise a significant part of the population will be subject to terrible hunger (700 million people around the world do not have enough food, and 1 billion have no access to fresh water). This means that by the end of the century we will simply no longer have enough land, water and other resources for all the inhabitants of the planet. At the same time, biotechnology requires only simple cells and proteins, a bioreactor and a nutrient medium in order to produce nutrients;
2. The products that humanity consumes are far from the definition of "healthy food." In order to make food production more efficient, manufacturers use incredible amounts of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones, which end up on your plate as part of the finished product. Biotechnological production does not involve the use of substances that are harmful to health, and can also produce food ingredients that provide benefits.
All this means that products and ingredients obtained through the development of biotechnology such as sweet proteins, rare sugars, biosynthesized fats and cellular nutrition are real foods of the future that are capable of qualitatively changing people's lives.
At EFKO, we are well aware of how important it is for the sustainability and development of business that people are satisfied with the quality of the company's products and services. Therefore, when developing the product line for the HoReCa segment, we carefully studied the experience of the best chefs and restaurants and attempted to take into account all possible nuances and satisfy the highest demands of the professional community.
We are willing to allocate our company's key resources for the development of complex solutions for our customers. The Food of the Future club was organized specifically for this purpose, where we regularly hold meetings and seminars, while our chefs test the company's products in various dishes.To website
EFKO's chief value is people. For us, the central figure in the company's oilseed processing business is the farmer – a working person who sincerely loves the land that they call home. Over the course of more than 20 years on the market, EFKO has been building honest partnerships with farmers throughout the country and plans to develop this line of business further, in close cooperation with farmers in the Central Black Earth region, the South and the Volga region.
Thanks to purchasing raw materials from trusted local farmers, we can be confident about the quality and purity of our products and not allow ourselves to compromise.
Every day, we break 1 million eggs, as this is the kind of rare ingredient that can be found in almost any dish, from main course to dessert and mayonnaise. Our task is to preserve what nature has given without adding anything new, using innovative technologies. Owing to our innovative approach, we are able to produce high quality egg products for various consumer segments. The company produces pasteurized liquid and dry egg products which are indispensable in the confectionery, bakery, meat and oil and fat industries.