Finnish dairy cooperative Valio partners DSM to bolster sustainable dairy farming

FINLAND – Valio, Finland’s largest global dairy cooperative company has partnered with Royal DSM, to develop products that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of dairy production in Finland. The Finnish dairy cooperative prides itself in being Finland’s most sustainable brand and has over the years committed to improving animal and human welfare, while taking active measures to reduce their environmental and climate impacts. The cooperative’s milk ranks among the cleanest in the world and the company is now focused on making its dairy value chain carbon-neutral by 2035. The…

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Valio partners with Palmer Holland to distribute lactose free powders in USA

USA – Finnish dairy and food company, Valio has joined forces with North American specialty chemical and ingredient distributor, Palmer Holland for the distribution of lactose free milk powders in the United States. The companies said that the partnership is an important opening for both partners in bringing new value-added dairy ingredients to the USA market. “We are happy to find a partner who sees the value in innovation and high-quality products,” commented Timo Pajari, SVP, Valio International Sales. “Palmer Holland has great experience in serving the needs of the…

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Finish dairy firm Valio aims to become carbon neutral by 2035

FINLAND – Sustainably produced food is a hot market and companies are increasingly putting more emphases on reducing their carbon footprint. To increase the company’s competitive advantage, Finnish dairy products manufacturer, Valio has set an ambitious goal aiming to become a carbon neutral dairy by 2035. Valio says that the objective will both help the company to fight climate change and provide food manufacturers with sustainably produced food ingredients, factors which are currently influencing consumers’ buying behaviour. The company believes that ingredient suppliers who are committed to sustainable operations can…

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Valio dairy co-operatives to merge to enable further development services

FINLAND – Valio, a Finnish manufacturer of dairy products, announced that its milk procurement owner co-operatives Osuuskunta ItäMaito and Osuuskunta Maitosuomi are to merge ready to launch on 1 September 2019. According to the company, the Chairman of the Board of each outgoing co-operative signed the merger agreement on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 in Helsinki. The final decision on the merger will be made by the co-operatives’ delegate meetings this autumn. The new co-operative will be Valio’s largest single shareholder with 20 849 shares (42.7% of the total 48 861), leading also…

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Finnish dairy Valio targets growth in China with new business units

CHINA – The Finnish dairy producer, Valio has unveiled expansion plans in China by establishing new business units of retail and food service, adding to its already existing ingredient business units. Alongside the launch, the company has opened its Valio China head office in Shanghai with a focus on serving the Chinese market through innovation and high quality dairies. Valio said with more than 30 years of presence in China, the capabilities of the new office and unit will help build its global sales, marketing and services networks, and reinforce…

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Valio net sales jump 4.3% despite challenging market

FINLAND – Valio, the Finnish dairy manufacturer closed the 2017 financial year with 4.3% increase in net sales to US$2.10billion for the group after being able to pay the co-operatives a steady milk price despite unfavourable conditions in some of the markets. Apart from entering new consumer markets, Valio was able to introduce more than 100 new products and maintained a positive growth trend in added value products both in Finland and in exports. In the year, the company continued to deliver on its expansion strategy, including the opening of…

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Valio excludes use of soy for a friendlier milk production chain

FINLAND – Valio, the Finnish dairy manufacturer is discontinuing the use of soybean in feed for cattle in a bid to enhance eco-friendly production practices in its entire food and feed chain. Valio said soy elimination is part of an extensive responsibility program, a step towards achieving a soy-free milk production chain that puts it at a competitive edge in the international markets. The scale of impact of milk production on wetlands, forests and prairies has prompted calls for sustainable dairy farming and feed production, and Valio joins the movement…

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