At Apetit, responsibility runs through the entire value chain, from field to fork. For us, a responsible food supply chain means sustainable practices throughout our operations and safe, high-quality products made from ingredients that are grown sustainably.

In our own operations, we focus on reducing our climate impact, especially by investing in renewable energy solutions and developing energy and material efficiency.

In our products, we rely on domestic plant-based food solutions and their development, growing a product range based on local fish, and sustainable and appropriate packaging solutions.

Climate impacts of food

Primary production and the food industry carry out continuous development work to reduce the environmental and climate impacts of food production. Food production and food consumption cause approximately one fifth of the carbon footprint, or climate impacts, of all consumption. Plant-based products have generally low carbon footprint.

Apetit determined the environmental footprint of its favourite products. The study analysed the carbon footprint, eutrophication effect and water footprint of the products.

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Sustainable food choices

Apetit determined the environmental footprint of our selected products. This is how one meal’s climate impacts arise – a carbon footprint of 0.46 kg of CO2 equivalent with negative eutrophication effect.

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At 2022
Sustainable actions

– The bioenergy plant of Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant has been in operation for more than a year. As a result of this plant, the Scope 1&2 emissions of the vegetable oil milling plant have decreased by more than 90 per cent.

– 76 percent of the energy was from renewable sources. 

– Pea receiving processes were updated at Säkylä plant, which reduced water con- sumption by 2,500 litres per tonne of frozen peas produced.

– We increased the used amount of domestic Baltic herring and cyprinids from Finnish lakes in its products by more than 15 per cent compared to previous year.

– Research projects including cultivation and variety tests at Räpi experimental farm contin- ues, for example, with studies on domestic pulses such as chickpeas.

– The use of carrot nets on the contract growers’ fields continued to increase, and the use of nets instead of pesticides has approximately doubled from the previous year.

– We take part in the RypsiRapsi2025 project, aiming to find the best cultivation practices and develop harvest levels for Finnish rapeseed.

Apetit's corporate responsibility report

Apetit’s integrated annual and responsibility report

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Well-being from vegetables

We want to promote sustainable food choices: we provide sustainably grown and prepared foods and raw materials, and we develop a value chain where people and the environment do well. About 95 percent of the raw materials used by Apetit for its frozen products are of vegetable-based.

Every year, about 140 Finnish Apetit contract growers produce over 30 million kilos of clean, responsibly grown food for us. In 2022, 82% of all the food raw-materials we used in our frozen products were domestic.

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Climate impacts

We have reduced our own direct climate impacts (Scope 1&2) by 71 per cent from comparison year 2019. We use electricity generated by wind power in all our factories. We aim for 75% emission reductions by 2025.

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Räpi experimental farm

The aim of the Räpi experimental farm’s R&D activities is to develop natural cultivation methods that also support the preservation of biodiversity on Finnish fields where field vegetables are grown.

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Corporate responsibility at Apetit

Apetit’s corporate responsibility consists of concrete actions taken at different stages of the company’s value chain to ensure responsible and sustainable food production. Indeed, sustainable actions is one of the strategic choices in Apetit’s strategy.

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Corporate responsibility programme

we want to promote sustainable food choices: we offer sustainably grown and produced food products and ingredients while developing a value chain that supports the well-being of people and the environment.

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Partner for the Finnish farmer

Apetit is strongly integrated to Finnish primary production. Apetit wants to be the best partner to Finnish grower both in oilseed products and frozen foods and vegetables. Agriculture and the food industry provide employment to roughly 340,000 people in Finland.

More domestic fish

At 2022, we increased the amount of used local domestic fish by almost 15 per cent compared to the previous year. The amount of phosphorus removed from the nutrient chain by two bags of Apetit Baltic Sea Fish Fingers would grow roughly one kilo of algae in the sea if left in the water.

Sustainable packaging solutions

Making plastic packaging materials of Apetit products thinner, saves annually 20,000 kilos of plastic. Apetit has identified sustainable packaging solutions as one of the material themes of its corporate responsibility.

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