Energy-efficient food supply chain

Energy use is the main factor influencing Apetit Group’s direct emissions and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. Apetit Group participates in the Energy Efficiency Agreement system of Finnish industries and has committed to implementing the Food and Drink Industry Action Plan by reducing its energy consumption by 7.5 per cent in 2017–2025.

At its production facilities, Apetit uses electricity, steam and district heat and at the vegetable oil milling plant also light fuel oil. The Group’s most energy-intensive process can be found at the vegetable oil milling plant, where seeds are heated and milled into rapeseed oil.

Cooling, freezing and frozen storage at the Säkylä and Pudasjärvi plants are also processes that require a lot of energy. Especially the Säkylä frozen foods plant has improved the monitoring of energy consumption in different processes to develop energy efficiency.

Logistics play a key role in all of the Group’s business operations but Apetit has little own transportation fleet or work machinery. Apetit Group’s business operations can influence logistics solutions especially by ensuring that loads are large and filled to the capacity. The amount of fuels used in logistics and, as a result, environmental impacts are mitigated by optimizing shipping.

Developing energy efficiency

In 2022, the Group’s energy consumption decreased by seven per cent compared to the reference year. The decrease relative to the Energy Efficiency Agreement system’s benchmark year of 2016 was seven per cent. Energy efficiency at the Säkylä frozen foods plant has been improved by reducing the use of warm water, for example.