Today the International Confectionery Corporation ROSHEN is strongly associated with the 5th President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Quality of Roshen production is recognized in the world rating. This fact is exclusive for Ukraine – the country known in the world for mostly for its agriculture and raw materials but not for production.
The factory definitely has prominent top-management, high quality of technical equipment and good connections in political spheres, but it also has best confectioners and long lasting tradition. The confectionary known today as Roshen was founded at the end of 19th ct. in Kyiv by a merchant Valentin Efimov. This factory became the 1st Soviet Confectionary and was renamed in honour of Karl Marx after the formation of the USSR. In early 90s soon after the independence of Ukraine it was bought by Poroshenko family. During the Soviet times, the Karl Marx confectionary was renowned in the USSR and could compete with Moskow confectionaries. Kyiv factory was one of the largest enterprises in Soviet Ukraine; there were 3400 workers in 1940. It produced high quality sweets, more or less standard for Soviet times, but had its own original recipes some of them had turned into well-recognized brand of Kyiv. These are ‘Kiev cake’ and a candy box of ‘Vechernij Kiev’.