The Apetit Group requires that its suppliers commit to the principles of ethical, social and environmental responsibility documented in the Group’s supplier requirements. The operating principles are based on the Apetit Group’s Code of Conduct as well as the UN Global Compact guidelines. Suppliers are responsible for ensuring that the supplier requirements are met throughout the supply chain. Apetit reserves the right to carry out inspections on its suppliers to ensure compliance with the supplier requirements. The inspections may be conducted by independent third parties, and may be carried out without advance notice.

If a supplier fails to comply with the supplier requirements, and if the necessary improvements are not implemented within the timeframe specified by Apetit, Apetit has the right to terminate its business relationship with the supplier in question. The supplier requirements have been written in compliance with the UN Global Compact.

From carefully selected suppliers

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’s goal is to always observe the principles of responsible growing when procuring raw materials from abroad. Suppliers are evaluated in every growing season to ensure that the raw material procured from them meets Apetit’s quality criteria. The degree of Finnish origin is usually around 80 per cent for frozen vegetable products.

Most of Apetit’s imported raw materials are from Europe. Like in contract growing in Finland, long-term partners are preferred in procurement from abroad. From outside Europe, Apetit procures mainly broccoli from Ecuador, because thanks to the country’s optimal growing conditions, the quality of broccoli is high all year round.

Apetit conducts a supplier evaluation on all of its foreign suppliers. The supplier and quality requirements are based on the company’s Code of Conduct and operating guidelines. In addition to the supplier itself, they are applied to its value chain. The evaluations are based on the suppliers’ self-evaluation and product safety certificates, and they include an inspection of the product safety, suppliers’ facilities, environmental and social practices and financial status. Based on the evaluation, Apetit may also conduct an audit of the supplier. The audit covers also growing. The traceability of raw materials is also verified in audits.

Avena uses as much as possible rapeseed grown in Finland in its oil milling plant in Kirkkonummi. The plant’s annual need for rapeseed is higher than the harvest in Finland. For this reason, Avena is systematically seeking to increase rapeseed production in Finland in cooperation with growers and other operators over the long term. 

Most of the imported oilseeds is procured from the Baltic countries. Imported oilseeds are procured through Avena’s own organisation and the quality of each imported consignment is assessed based on the same basic quality requirements that are applied in procurement in Finland. The supplier requirements applied in procurement are based on the purchase and quality terms used in Finnish procurement.