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Plant-based products from a new Finnish food factory

Raisio Group’s new food factory has been taken into use during spring 2021, and the first products produced there will be in stores at the turn of August and September 2021. The modern highly-automated plant ensures stable quality, best possible product safety and perfect traceability.

The new factory is specifically designed and built to process and manufacture only plant-based raw materials and products. The factory is highly automated, which from the customer’s perspective means minimised human error, consistent quality and the best possible product safety. Automation ensures full traceability, not only of raw materials but also of the equipment and process parameters used for each batch.

The new production facility is vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free.

The plant is located in the Raisio Group’s carbon-neutral Raisionkaari industrial area. The plant’s heat and steam comes from our own bioenergy plant that uses wood chips. The electricity we buy is carbon dioxide free, and has been for 10 years.

”We are extremely proud of our new, modern factory and are happy to be able to expand the product portfolio of our strong brands with products made in Finland and made from Finnish gluten-free oats. We have built an interesting product portfolio which responds to the ongoing food revolution and to the growing demand for plant-based food,” says CEO Pekka Kuusniemi.

Oat-based novelties

Consumer choices are increasingly focused on healthy and responsibly produced plant-based food. We meet the growing demand by launching delicious oat-based products from brands loved by consumers.

Raisio’s oat-based novelties are healthy and made from Finnish gluten-free oat. Oat gives the products a soft taste and thanks to rapeseed oil, the quality of the fat in products is good.

Benecol® OAT is the first oat-based product family that reduces cholesterol with plant stanol ester. At the turn of August and September 2021 we will launch oat-based Benecol® OAT shots and Benecol® OAT yogrts.

Elovena® novelties are spoonable oat snacks, oat drinks and oat-based products for cooking.

Investments both to Raisio and Nokia sites

During 2018−2021 we have invested nearly 65 million euros in increasing our production capabilities and expanding our product portfolio. The new factory is supported by the investments which we did earlier to our mill at Nokia and which enable the production of gluten-free oat. The Nokia mill will supply the new factory with the oat raw material for oat-based products.

Plant-based food also from our Kauhava site

Raisio Group’s plant-based offering expanded in spring 2021 when Beanit® and Härkis® fava bean product brands became part of the Group. Beanit® brand is the market leader in the plant protein category in Finland. Härkis® brand is the most famous plant-based food brand in Finland and very often represents the whole category.

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