When founders of the Chumak Company, young Swedish businessmen Johan Boden and Carl Sturen, came to Ukraine for the first time in 1993, they were 21 and 19 years old only. Both were engaged in the family vegetable production business in Sweden. It happened that a cucumber crop was lost in Estonia that year, which made them look for a replacement for the lost supplies in other places. After coming to Ukraine, they have found the new platform for establishment of their own company.
Johan and Carl returned in Ukraine in order to find a suitable site for the future production facilities. They have traveled throughout the country and visited 32 factories before finally found the Kakhovka plant in Kherson region. In 1995, Johan and Carl realized the necessity of building their own production facilities. When looking for investors, they got support and understanding from Professor Hans Rausing — the founder of the Tetra Pak Company, the leading producer of food packaging.
Initially, Kahovka had fields with overripe cucumbers and the depreciated tinned food factory only. Young businessmen had to build the company and production facilities “from the scratch” — and they managed to do it. The original name of the Company was South Food, Inc. — it was the joint venture of the Swedish partners and the State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine.