RESPONSIBILITY AT APETIT

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.

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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 2020
Sustainable actions

– We reduced the Group’s carbon footprint by 37 per cent

– 82 per cent of the raw-materials used in our frozen products were Finnish origin

– We made purchases from Finnish growers from the worth of EUR 62 million 

– Around 350 people worked in our three plants and other operations in Finland

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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 around 34 million kilos of clean, responsibly grown food for us. In 2020, 85% of the vegetables we used in our frozen products were domestic.

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Climate impacts

In 2020, Apetit Group’s CO2 emissions (Scope 1&2) decreased by 37 percent. 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 in all of its businesses. Agriculture and the food industry provide employment to roughly 340,000 people in Finland.

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Apetit Lakefish Fingers curb eutrophication

Production of Apetit Lakefish Fingers curbs eutrophication of water bodies. With the fishing of the products’ main raw material, roach, phosphorus is lost from the water, which, if left in the water, would increase the amount of algae.

The local fish we used in 2020 removed phosphorus from domestic bodies of water in an amount that, according to a rough estimate, would have led to the growth of approximately 600,000 bucketfuls of blue-green algae.

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Sustainable packaging solutions

Apetit has made the plastics of frozen vegetable packaging sold in retail since thinner the beginning of 2021, which will save a total of 25,000 kilos of plastic per year. Apetit has identified sustainable packaging solutions as one of the material themes of its corporate responsibility.

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