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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.

M&A Watch: Why Raisio should sell to private equity 14 Aug 2014

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind brands including Benecol, Honey Monster cereals and Fox's confectionery, has, in recent years, tried to grow via M&A. However, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden questions the company's strategy and believes it should be sold to a private-equity firm to unlock value.

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Fazer invests in carbon-neutral protein firm Solar Foods 17 Sep 2019

Finland-based food business Fazer Group has teamed up with Solar Foods, which claims to have developed a cost-effective, carbon-neutral protein.

Finland's Func Food Group snapped up by US health drinks company Celsius 16 Sep 2019

Finland-based functional food and beverage business Func Food Group is to be acquired by a US-based fitness drinks firm.

Apetit issues full-year profits warning 16 Sep 2019

Finland-based vegetable products supplier Apetit has updated its earnings forecast for 2019 in an announcement issued this morning (16 September).

Apetit to sell fresh products arm to Greenfood in all-Nordic deal 10 Jul 2019

Finland-based vegetable supplier Apetit has announced it is to sell its fresh cuts products business to a peer from Sweden for EUR13.8m (US$15.4m).

Finnish food business Fazer Group to buy local peer Kaslink 19 Jun 2019

Finnish food business Fazer Group is to buy a local peer specialising in Nordic oat products, it has announced.

Raisio to invest tens of millions in plant-based food 11 Jun 2019

Finnish food group Raisio has this morning (11 June) announced a new initiative in the plant-based food area.

Apetit announces Esa Maki to replace Juha Vanhainen as CEO 31 May 2019

Apetit, the Finland-based vegetable products supplier, has revealed the replacement for its chief executive officer Juha Vanhainen who will step down from the role on 31 August.

HKScan plans to raise additional capital as job loss numbers confirmed 8 May 2019

Finnish meat processor HKScan plans to issue additional shares to strengthen its financial position after confirming the number of previously flagged job losses.  

Fazer to build xylitol plant in Finland 16 Apr 2019

Finnish food company Fazer Group has announced it has started work on a new production plant in its domestic market.

Fazer lays down cage-free eggs targets 10 Apr 2019

Finland's Fazer Group has outlined a commitment to use only cage-free eggs across its businesses and geographical operations.