Obolon (company)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Obolon JSC
FoundedKyiv, Ukraine (1980)
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukraine
Key people
Oleksandr Slobodian, honorary president
Productsbeer, sodas, cocktails, mineral water
RevenueUAH 4.5 billion (2010)
not disclosed
UAH 90 million (2010)
Number of employees
6,500 (2010)

Obolon Joint Stock Company (Ukrainian: ПАТ "Оболонь") is a major Ukrainian producer of beverages: beer, low alcohol drinks (cocktails), soda drinks and locally extracted natural mineral water, as well as a major malt producer. Based in Kyiv, Obolon JSC has sites across Ukraine and employs several thousand people.

Obolon's main plant in Kyiv is the largest brewing facility in Europe by installed capacity. As of 2008, that facility was Europe's largest single beer manufacturer in terms of physical volume.[1] Obolon's plant in Khmelnytskyi Oblast is the largest malting facility in Europe by installed capacity.[2]


The company's main brewery was built in 1980 according to designs made by Czech engineers, near an artesian well in Kyiv's Obolon district. Initially called Kyiv brewery #3, it acquired the name "Obolon" in 1986. In 1992, Obolon became the first privatized company in independent Ukraine and registered its corporate brand Obolon (Ukrainian: Оболонь). The shares of company stock were distributed among its employees. In 1993, Obolon changed its legal status to a closed joint-stock company (currently it's a private joint stock company under present legislation). In 1997, Obolon obtained a $40 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which the company used to significantly expand its production capacities.

Oleksandr Slobodian

In 2009 Obolon obtained a further $50 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development towards financial stability and increased energy efficiency.[3]

Oleksandr Slobodian, the CEO and veteran of the company was also a national politician till the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election; he was a member of the Verkhovna Rada and has represented the conservative People's Movement of Ukraine for three consecutive sessions.[4]

The main Obolon plant on Bohatyrska Str. in Kyiv


Obolon has its main site in Kyiv and 8 facilities in Ukraine:

Products and market share[edit]

Obolon sells beer under six brands: Obolon, Obolon BeerMix, Magnat, hike premium beer, Zibert and Desant. Brands for its non-alcoholic products are Zhyvchyk, Prozora and Obolonska mineral waters, and the Jett line of energy drinks. The enterprise also produces low-alcohol beverages, such as kvass. Obolon bottles Bitburger beer under license.

Obolon Premium

Obolon is the largest Ukrainian exporter of beer, accounting for 80% of Ukrainian beer exports.[5] The company exported to 33 different countries (as of 2010),[6] with most of its exports being supplied to Russia. Since November 2011 has also exported beer to China.[7] In September 2014 Russia banned exports of Ukrainian beer over alleged inaccuracies in the nutrition information displayed on the products' labels.[8][9] Early summer 2015 the comt signed a licensing agreement with the Moscow Brewing Company to make beer inside Russia under its label, hence to re-enter the Russian beer market.[9]

Quality standards[edit]

The Obolon Corporation has its own malting plant able to produce 120,000 tonnes of malt per year. The malting plant uses equipment from the German company Schmidt-Seeger. Obolon uses the malt in its own products and exports it.

Obolon is quality certified to international standards: ISO 9001:2001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 22 000:2007 (Food Safety Management Systems), ISO 14 001:2006 (Environmental Management Systems), and OHSAS 18 001:2006 (Occupational Health and Safety Systems).

Social investments[edit]

The company invests in projects aimed at reducing adverse environmental impact. Obolon is also actively involved in educational projects, charitable and cultural initiatives. It has contributed to restoration of churches and monasteries and to publishing of Ukrainian books.

Sports patronage[edit]

Obolon Arena

Obolon has sponsored FC Obolon Kyiv since 1999. The company's CEO was an amateur footballer in his youth. On 21 February 2013 FC Obolon Kyiv withdrew voluntary from the Ukrainian First League after Obolon CEO Slobodyan had refused to finance the club after goalkeeper Kostyantyn Makhnovskyi was sold by the club without his consent.[10][11] In December 2012 Slobodian announced he would create a new team under the moniker "Obolon Brovar" (Obolon Brewery).[12] This club started its residence in competitive football in the 2013–14 Ukrainian Second League season.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (at 110 million decalitres) Антикризисная пена Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  2. ^ Sustainability_Report of 2010[permanent dead link] (in Ukrainian)
  3. ^ EBRD loans $50mn to Obolon brewery, Interfax-Ukraine (December 22, 2009)
  4. ^ (in Ukrainian) Dossier, DELO
    (in Ukrainian) Слободян Олександр В'ячеславович Archived 2012-09-19 at the Wayback Machine, Civil movement "Chesno"
    (in Ukrainian) Слободян Олександр В’ячеславович, RBC Ukraine
    Profile on Verkhovna Rada website Archived 2008-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
    (in Russian) Одномандатный избирательный округ № 187, RBC Ukraine
  5. ^ [1][permanent dead link] (in Ukrainian)
  6. ^ Антикризисная пена Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine(in Russian)
  7. ^ Obolon starts exporting beer to China, Kyiv Post (6 December 2011)
  8. ^ Russia bans Ukrainian beer imports over 'calorie counts', France 24 (14 August 2014)
  9. ^ a b Ukraine’s Obolon re-enters Russian beer market through local licensing agreement, Kyiv Post (28 July 2015)
  10. ^ (in Russian) Slobodyan refused to fund FC "Obolon", www.liga.net (9 December 2012)
  11. ^ (in Ukrainian) "Obolon" refused to brew in the spring part in the First League, but instead in Kyiv there will be a new club, www.liga.net (21 February 2013)
  12. ^ (in Ukrainian) Slobodyan creates new Football club "Obolon Brovar", www.liga.net (11 December 2012)
  13. ^ "Буковина" продовжить виступи у Першій лізі , "Жемчужину" позбавили атестату [Bukovyna will continue to compete in the First League, Zhemchuzhyna was refused attestation] (in Ukrainian). PFL. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.

External links[edit]