Sunflower seed production in major countries 2019/20

Ukraine had the highest production volume of sunflower seeds of any country in the world in the 2019/2020 crop year. During that time period, Ukraine produced around 16.5 million metric tons of sunflower seeds. Russia is also a major producer of sunflower seeds worldwide, with a production volume of 15.3 million metric tons in 2019/2020.

Sunflower seed oil

One of the main commodities that can be produced from sunflower seeds is sunflower seed oil, which is a popular cooking oil. In addition to being the world’s leading producer of sunflower seeds, Ukraine also exports the highest volume of sunflower seed oil of any country. In the United States, domestic consumption of sunflower seed oil was increasing between 2015 and 2017 but dropped in consumption volume in 2018.

Leading types of edible oils in the United States

Vegetable oils are a staple in American households and restaurants, used in pan-frying, deep-frying, salad dressings, and more. The edible oil with the highest level of consumption in the United States was soybean oil. Other popular types of vegetable oil among American consumers are canola oil and palm oil. Of all the major edible oil types in the United States, sunflower seed oil is the second to least popular, with a consumption volume higher than only that of peanut oil.

Production volume of sunflower seed in major producer countries in 2019/2020

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Release date

May 2020



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Supplementary notes

* Marketing Year (MY) from September until August.
** MY from October until September.
*** MY from March until February.

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