Sunflower oil is the preferred oil in most of Europe, East Europe, Russia, Mexico, countries along the Mediterranean and several South American countries. U.S. sunflower oil exporters can deliver three types of sunflower oil: NuSun, Linoleic and High Oleic sunflower oil.
NuSun® is a mid-range oleic, 65 percent (monounsaturated) sunflower oil. It needs no hydrogenation and has a 9 percent saturated fat level. NuSun® is extremely functional for frying applications and has a good balance of linoleic acid - an essential fatty acid that enhances the taste of products.
Linoleic sunflower oil has about 69 percent polyunsaturated fat, 20 percent monounsaturated fat and 11 percent saturated fat. Linoleic sunflower oil is excellent cooking oil with a neutral taste. This enhances the taste of food rather than overpowering it.
High Oleic sunflower oil has 80 percent or more oleic (monounsaturated) acid. This unique oil has many specialty applications.
The U.S. sunflower industry continues to have adequate crushing capacity to meet the demands of the domestic and international markets. The U.S. is recognized as having the highest quality of sunflower oil. U.S. crushers of sunflower seed have developed technology that currently surpasses any other supplier in both volume capacity and quality control standards. Several of the domestic processing plants have gone through major renovations, having added processing facilities to meet specific consumer requirements in areas such as refining and packaging.