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 especially in washing vegetables. 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 around 80 per cent of the entire Group’s water consumption, when the sea water utilized in closed system at Kantvik plant is not included.
Water consumption at the Kantvik plant has increased since the bioenergy plant was put into production. The Kantvik plant uses sea water in a closed system to cool the equipment. The amount of discharged sea water has reduced significantly since the bioenergy plant was put into production and the plant’s under pressure system was renewed.
The frozen pizza plant in Pudasjärvi uses only household water, and its water consumption is low compared to Apetit’s other operations.
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.
Reducing water consumption
Among Apetit’s production plants, water consump- tion is highest at the Säkylä frozen foods plant, particularly in production activities involving harvest season vegetables. The water efficiency of the Säkylä plant has been improved over the past few years. Pea receiving processes were updated at the plant in 2022, which reduced water consumption by 2,500 litres per frozen pea tonne. The brush scrub- bers and steam peelers installed at the Säkylä plant in 2021 enhance the efficiency of the vegetable washing process. The plant’s water consumption was reduced by 13 per cent during the reporting period after the investment.