Apetit is firmly rooted in Finnish primary production. Apetit’s approximately 140 contract growers cultivate some 34 million kilos of domestic vegetables for Apetit’s Säkylä frozen foods plant. Apetit is Finland’s largest procurer of contract-grown field vegetables.
At Räpi experimental farm in Köyliö, Säkylä, long-term research and development work has been carried out to develop Finnish open-field vegetable cultivation for almost 70 years.
The results and experiences gained from the fields of Apetit’s contract growers are also actively utilized to develop the Responsible Farming method. With our own experimental activities, we are looking for the best, tasty varieties suitable for Finnish open-field farming, with properties suitable for frozen production.
Räpi experimental farm is involved in research cooperation, which investigates means for improving natural soil fertility. The improvement of natural soil fertility promotes soil health and makes sustainable cultivation methods possible. It is hoped that information yielded by studies will help find practical means not only to improve soil fertility but also to mitigate nutrient runoffs into waterways and to promote carbon farming.
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