In its operations, Apetit Group’s production facilities use household water, lake water and sea water. The highest water consumption occurs at the Säkylä frozen foods plant, where water is used in washing vegetables, for example. Household water is used at all production facilities.
The Säkylä frozen foods plant uses lake water and household water to wash harvest season vegetables and to cool the equipment. The Säkylä plant’s water consumption accounts for over 90 per cent of the entire Group’s water consumption, when the sea water utilized in closed system at Kantvik plant is not included.
The material review conducted at the Säkylä frozen foods plant also paid attention to the use of water, with the aim of making it more efficient. For example, the monitoring of water used for washing harvest season vegetables has been developed during the reporting period.
The Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant and the Pudasjärvi frozen pizza plant use only a little water. The Kantvik plant uses sea water in a closed system to cool the equipment. As all Apetit Group’s production facilities are in Finland, no water is taken from areas where water is scarce. Apetit has determined the eutrophication effects and water footprints of some of its selected products to reduce its environmental impacts.
Apetit Group’s operations do not generate wastewater that would be directly hazardous to the environment. Water that is used at the Säkylä plant to wash harvest season vegetables and thus contains nutrients goes through Apetit’s own wastewater treatment plant, the operations of which are subject to authorisation. If water was released to the environment without treatment, it would increase eutrophication.