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.
The Pudasjärvi frozen pizza plant use only a little water. 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.
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
The steam peelers and brush scrubbers, in which investments have been made at the Säkylä plant, enhance the efficiency of the vegetable washing process, which reduced the plant’s water consumption by 13 per cent during the reporting period.