HKScan’s new poultry plant in Rauma celebrated the laying of its cornerstone on Monday, 16 May 2016 in the industrial precinct of Lakari. Doing the honours were Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finnish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Mikko Nikula, Chairman of the HKScan Board, Aki Laiho, Deputy CEO and COO of HKScan as well as Rauma City officials.
The new plant will specialize in the expanding poultry segment and chicken products. Construction began at the beginning of the year and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2017, with SRV Rakennus Oy as the chief contractor.
Valued at roughly EUR 80 million, the project is one of the largest production investment in HKScan's history, safeguarding long-term employment prospects in the food industry in western Finland.
"We have been producing Finnish food for Finnish consumers for over 100 years. We set out in the poultry business in the 1970s, since which Kariniemen® has grown into Finland's leading poultry brand. This new investment will consolidate our position in the rapidly expanding poultry market and in value-added product groups, in line with our strategic focus areas. Rauma offers us an optimal location with the most advanced zoning solution and infrastructure," says Aki Laiho.
The state-of-the-art technology to be installed at the new plant will enable the Group to develop innovative Kariniemen® novelties for the domestic and export markets. All new equipment will adhere to HKScan's Responsibility Programme, emphasizing material, energy and environmental efficiency. The new plant will adhere to modern work processes complying with the latest occupational health standards, thereby offering personnel significantly improved safety and ergonomic conditions.
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Aki Laiho, Deputy CEO, COO, HKScan Group.
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HKScan is the leading Nordic meat expert. We sell, market and produce high-quality, responsibly-produced pork, beef, poultry and lamb products, processed meats and convenience foods under strong brand names. Our customers are the retail, food service, industrial and export sectors, and our home markets comprise Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltics. We export to close to 50 countries. In 2015, HKScan had net sales of approximately EUR 1.9 billion and some 7 400 employees. www.hkscan.com