Apetit is committed to promoting Finnish primary production because of its safety, purity and high quality. For this reason, the company mainly purchases vegetables from its contract growers and other Finnish producers.
Apetit invests strongly in cooperation with Finnish primary production and sources almost 80 per cent of all of the food raw materials used in its frozen vegetables and frozen ready meals directly from its contract growers. In addition, Apetit uses raw materials sourced as direct procurement from Finland and abroad.
Both Finnish and foreign direct suppliers are required to comply with Apetit Group’s ethical supplier requirements. In addition, suppliers must meet strict raw material quality requirements. Suppliers of packaging materials are responsible for the compliance of packaging. Purchases are mainly made in Europe, risk countries are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Suppliers and materials to be procured are approved together with the quality department, as a result of a rigorous approval process. Apetit prefers long-term partnerships with its suppliers, but also systematically strives to conduct tenders.
In Finland, Apetit’s procurement partners include, for example, its contract growers, Finnish fishers and other producers. All fish and shrimps bought must always fulfil the MSC certification requirements or be from the WWF seafood guide’s green-listed stock. Apetit’s Säkylä frozen foods plant received an MSC certificate in 2020. Foreign rapeseed that is purchased for the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant mainly comes from the Baltic countries through Avena’s own procurement organisation and is subject to the same quality criteria as domestic rapeseed.
Apetit conducts a supplier evaluation on its foreign suppliers. The supplier requirements cover both the suppliers’ own operations and their value chain. Apetit Group requires that its suppliers commit to the principles of ethical, social and environmental responsibility documented in the Group’s supplier requirements. Apetit Group’s ethical supplier requirements are based on the guidelines of the UN’s Global Compact initiative.