Media release, 12.00 noon on 18 August 2015
Media release, 12.00 noon on 18 August 2015
Avena Nordic Grain Oy, which is part of the Apetit Group, has today inaugurated
its EUR 1.8 million investment in domestic grain reception, storage and export
facilities at the port of Inkoo. The new port will increase Avena’s annual
grain export capacity and provide growers in the south of Finland an
opportunity to deliver grain directly to an export facility and the
international grain market. Avena’s operations in the port are in co-operation
with Inkoo Shipping Oy Ab and Nylands Svenska Lantbrukssällskap.
Avena 20 years
Avena celebrated its 20th anniversary in conjunction with the inauguration.
Avena was founded in 1995 when Finland joined the EU. It was a ‘start-up’
company of the day, established to serve the market-based grain trade. ”During
its 20 years, Avena has become an internationally respected company that brings
together grain buyers and sellers in Finland and abroad. As a Finnish company
Avena wants especially to serve Finnish growers and its other customers in
Finland,” says Kaija Viljanen, Avena’s Managing Director.
Juha Vanhainen, Apetit Plc’s CEO, emphasised the importance of primary
production to the food industry and for the security of supply. Primary
production and the food industry need each other. The wellbeing and
competitiveness of all parties in Finnish food production must be safeguarded.
This requires political will, investments by the food sector and a reform of
primary production. Without healthy primary production, we would be hard
pressed to produce high-quality Finnish foods that are also in demand
internationally.” Vanhainen also emphasised that it is important to find ways
to improve our export competitiveness. “Steps already taken in this direction
include the temporary halving of fairway dues, but we have to look at Finland’s
export competitiveness in the longer run.”
Efficient grain route
Avena has built a grain laboratory in the storage area in which analysis
services will be provided by Nylands Svenska Lantbrukssällskap. Sampling is
automatic, improving the efficiency of operations. In addition, Inkoo Shipping
has invested in a new full-length weighbridge to speed up the weighing of grain
lorries. The new grain stores will open for deliveries next week. This autumn
we will be taking feed barley.
Work on the new grain stores was started in early spring 2015. There are three
grain stores and their total floor area is 6,120 m². The first of them is
already able to accept grain deliveries and the other two will be completed
during August. Their total storage capacity is over 20,000 tonnes of grain,
depending on the grain variety.
The new grain terminal in Inkoo is an important delivery location for growers
in South Finland, where there is a lot of production but no industrial
customers or other grain terminals. It creates a shorter route to international
markets for grain growers in the provinces of Uusimaa, Southwest Finland and
Häme. The port is highly efficient and can load both smaller ships and large
ocean-going vessels up to the Panamax class, with a capacity of up to 60,000
tonnes of grain.
For more information, please contact:
Juha Vanhainen, CEO, Apetit Plc, tel. +358 10 402 00
Kaija Viljanen, Managing Director, Avena Nordic Grain Oy, tel. +358 40 501 2814
Avena Nordic Grain Oy is Finland’s leading trader in grains, oilseeds and
animal feedstuffs, and is a manufacturer and supplier of vegetable oils and
expeller. Avena’s main market is the European Union, but it also trades in many
other markets. Avena is especially active in its home market, Finland. The
company’s principal location is Espoo, but it also operates in other parts of
Finland: Vaasa, Pori, Salo, Kirkkonummi, Loimaa, Hämeenlinna, Kouvola and
Porvoo. Its oil milling plant, Mildola Oy, is located in Kirkkonummi. Avena
Nordic Grain’s net sales in 2014 totalled EUR 214 million and the company
employed 83 people. Avena is part of the Finnish food company Apetit Plc, which
is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. In 2014, Apetit Plc had net sales of EUR
385 million and employed 723 people. For more information, please visit
www.avena.fi and www.apetitgroup.fi.
Apetit Plc, press release, 7 December 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Apetit Group reached a B score for good environmental management in the evaluation of the global environmental organization CDP's Climate Change program. The Management score was given to Apetit after the company took part in a minimum version of the program. This was the first time Apetit participated in the CDP survey. “Sustainable food choices are at the core of Apetit’s goal-oriented climate work. For example, we are committed to cultivation development and to promotion of carbon farming in primary production, to focusing particularly on domestic vegetables and local fish, and to reduction of our direct CO2 emissions by 75 by 2025. We are glad to achieve the B score at disclosing the CDP at the first time”, says Sanna Väisänen, Director of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Apetit. CDP's annual Climate Change assessment analyzes and collects company-specific information on climate change mitigation, identification of climate risks and opportunities, and emissions. CDP Score Report - Climate Change 2021 (pdf) For further information, please contact: Sanna Väisänen, Director, Corporate Communications and Sustainability, tel. +358 10 402 4041 Apetit is a food industry company firmly rooted in Finnish primary production. Our operations are based on a unique and sustainable value chain: we create well-being with vegetables by offering tasty food solutions that make daily life easier. We also produce high-quality vegetable oils and rapeseed expellers for feedstuff, and trade grain on the international markets. Apetit Plc’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2020, the Group’s net sales were EUR 293 million.
Apetit Plc, press release 3 December 2021 at 09:00 a.m.Apetit is expanding its Baltic Sea Commitment made to the Baltic Sea Action Group in 2019. The commitment, which is currently being updated, will expand from fields to waterways, thus also covering the development and expansion of the use of domestic local fish in the Apetit product range. “In practice, this means that Apetit’s product development will pay special attention to fish choices that promote the maintenance of the ecological balance of waterways and the reduction of nutrient load in waterways. At the same time, Apetit makes it possible for consumers to choose from a wide range of sustainable fish,” says Sanna Väisänen, Director of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Apetit. The use of local fish benefits the waterways, as eutrophication is one of the main sources of harm to the well-being of our waterways. Eutrophication refers to the overgrowth of algae caused by excessive nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which leads to, for example, turbidity, oxygen deficiency and a decrease in the diversity of living organisms. “We have invested heavily in the productisation of local fish, and therefore it was a natural choice for us to extend the Baltic Sea Commitment directly to waterways and products based on local fish. The positive effects will be reflected in both the Baltic Sea and inland waters,” Väisänen says. Apetit’s product family of local fish was born out of the desire to utilise the fish caught in Lake Pyhäjärvi in Säkylä as part of fish stock management. Today, the product family includes freshwater fish fingers and fish cakes, Särkisen fish balls and Baltic Sea fish fingers made from herring caught in the Baltic Sea, which were launched this autumn. “We are pleased that Apetit has selected local fish caught in the Baltic Sea as a raw material for familiar everyday products. We hope that local fish will permanently gain the appreciation they deserve on dinner tables,” says Michaela Ramm-Schmidt, Managing Director of BSAG. Focus on improving soil fertility Apetit’s commitment has previously focused on producing information that can be used in the contract farming of field vegetables, particularly when it comes to soil fertility improvement and carbon sequestration. These efforts are currently being put into practice in the ongoing projects at Apetit’s Räpi experimental farm. “The goals of the research projects include producing information and practices for improving soil fertility and water resource management as well as developing carbon farming, particularly in the cultivation of field vegetables,” says Väisänen. When training its contract growers, Apetit’s utilises the e-college for regenerative farming, which has been produced by BSAG with the help of a wide range of partners. “We are eagerly waiting for the results from the Räpi experimental farm, as scientific data on the regenerative methods of vegetable cultivation is still quite new and therefore very interesting,” says Ramm-Schmidt. Apetit will include the best cultivation practices identified in the research projects in its cultivation instructions for contract growers as well as provide all contract growers training in cultivation methods that will improve soil fertility and carbon sequestration. These methods are used to improve soil’s capacity to absorb water, nutrients and carbon. One of the goals is to ensure that the soil retains nutrients and supplies plants with them as efficiently as possible while preventing the nutrients from running off into waterways. For further information, please contact: Apetit Plc: Sanna Väisänen, Director, Corporate Communications and Sustainability, tel. +358 10 402 4041 BSAG: Irina Niinivaara, Corporate Relations Manager, tel. +358 40 664 1625 Apetit is a food industry company firmly rooted in Finnish primary production. Our operations are based on a unique and sustainable value chain: we create well-being with vegetables by offering tasty food solutions that make daily life easier. We also produce high-quality vegetable oils and rapeseed expellers for feedstuff, and trade grain on the international markets. Apetit Plc’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2020, the Group’s net sales were EUR 293 million.
Apetit Plc, Press release, on 22 October 2021 at 10:00 a.m.Apetit Plc will publish its Business Review for January-September 2021 on Friday 29 October 2021 at 8.30 a.m. A separate press conference in relation to the Business Review will not be arranged. Apetit Plc For further information, please contact: Sanna Väisänen, Director, Corporate Communications and Sustainability, tel. +358 10 402 4041 Apetit is a food industry company firmly rooted in Finnish primary production. Our operations are based on a unique and sustainable value chain: we create well-being with vegetables by offering tasty food solutions that make daily life easier. We also produce high-quality vegetable oils and rapeseed expellers for feeding stuff, and trade grain on the international markets. Apetit Plc's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2020, Apetit Group's net sales were EUR 293 million.