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Ukraine Sunflower Oil Crisis Hits Food From Chips to Cookies

  • Russia’s invasion has cut off exports of key ingredient
  • Ukraine supplies much of the world with sunflower oil
Sunflower oil is transported at a railway station in Cologne, Germany.

Sunflower oil is transported at a railway station in Cologne, Germany.

Photographer: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the supply of almost half of the world’s sunflower oil exports, forcing companies to turn to less desirable alternatives such as palm oil in products ranging from potato chips to cookies. 

Thousands of items, also including ready meals and even wrapping paper, use sunflower oil. Prices are surging and the ingredient will only become more scarce from the summer as Ukrainian farmers may struggle to grow and export the crop.