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HKScan CEO Tero Hemmila on managing the Nordic meat group’s turnaround programme while looking for growth – the just-food interview 13 Nov 2019

After years of sales pressure, Nordic meat group HKScan is looking to bounce back. CEO Tero Hemmilä discusses how.

Arla Foods' Tomi Siren on how blockchain is helping the dairy giant's sustainability drive - interview 12 Apr 2019

Blockchain is one of a bunch of emerging technologies catching the attention of FMCG companies. We talk to dairy giant Arla Foods about a pilot they have launched.

Raisio CEO Pekka Kuusniemi sets out stall to grow Benecol maker - interview 2 Jan 2019

Finland-based Raisio has had a challenging couple of years but, under recently-installed CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, the company has a new strategy for growth. Dean Best found out more.

Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti eyes growth and the top job - interview 16 May 2017

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.

SIAL 2014: Valio hopes to overcome Russian woes 10 Nov 2014

Valio is facing some significant challenges. The Finland-based dairy group is grappling with the closure of the Russian border as well as the decline in industrial markets for dairy ingredients. However, the company is also working to identify new growth avenues, such as its lactose-free technology. Katy Askew spoke to Kari Finska, SVP of Russia and eastern markets for Valio, to find out more.

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Raisio acquires Beanit owner Verso Food 1 Apr 2021

Finnish food group Raisio has made an acquisition in Europe, extending its presence in the plant-based category.

Orkla acquires Finnish foodservice supplier Fort Deli 1 Mar 2021

Norway-based food group Orkla has announced its acquisition of a Finnish foodservice business for an undisclosed sum.

Fazer to end production of Dumle lollies 22 Feb 2021

The Finland-based food manufacturer is to stop making a candy product that first hit the market more than 75 years ago.

HKScan sells food plant in Finland 19 Feb 2021

Nordic food group HKScan has sold a ready-meals and processed meat plant in Finland as it seeks to reduce debt.

Fazer to tighten staff count again at Finland plant as Covid hits demand 19 Feb 2021

Finland's Fazer Group is planning another round of potential lay-offs at a domestic plant due to a drop in demand linked to Covid-19.

Nordic meat group HKScan underlines plant-based ambition 5 Feb 2021

HKScan wants to continue to build its presence in the market for plant-based alternatives, although the Nordic meat group insists meat still has a future in its strategy.

Finland's Atria takes control of ready-meals maker Domretor 1 Oct 2020

Finnish meat processor Atria has acquired a ready-meals co-manufacturer offering private-label and branded products.

Fazer becomes largest shareholder in protein tech start-up Solar Foods 2 Sep 2020

Finnish food firm Fazer Group has raised its investment in a local food-tech start-up as the business moves forward with its sustainability plan.

Fazer plans to close confectionery plant in Finland 26 Aug 2020

Finnish food firm Fazer Group said it plans to close a confectionery plant in the country and switch production elsewhere.

Nordic meat group HKScan cautious on foodservice recovery 20 Jul 2020

Nordic meat group HKScan, which had been looking to build its presence in foodservice, is cautious about how long it will take its current level of sales in the channel to recover.