Finlands största mejeriföretag Valio lyckades nyligen öka produktionen på sin anläggning i Lapinlahti med över 10 procent. Produktionen på fabriken som tillverkar vasslepulver höjdes med hjälp av NAPCON Controller, en egenutvecklad lösning för avancerad processtyrning (Advanced Process Control, APC) från teknik- och konstruktionsföretaget Neste Jacobs. Resultaten var så övertygande att Valio nu ska optimera en ytterligare anläggning i Seinäjoki i Finland, en mjölkpulverfabrik bestående av en evaporator och en spraytork.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to lend up to EUR 30m to Valio, the Finnish dairy company, for its research, development and innovation investments related to nutrition, functionality and health impacts of dairy products. Furthermore, these investments aim to ensure better food security through innovative solutions for more efficient food production.
Valio’s investment programme focuses on research activities in the fields of dairy chemistry and technology, nutritional expertise, product development and consumer preferences. It also includes purchases of piloting equipment for laboratories, systems dedicated to implementing the research and innovation programme as well as technology licensing expenses. The research and development activities will be carried out at Valio’s existing facilities in Helsinki.
The international launch of Valio’s world-class premium artisan butter for consumers is in full swing and the new products are on show at the Gulfood Exhibition in Dubai, February 2017. Valio has over 112 years of experience producing butter and promoting its export. At the moment, Valio is selling butter in nearly 30 countries.
Valio måste betala 70 miljoner euro som påföljdsavgift för att ha dumpat priset på mjölk. Det har finska Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen slagit fast. Enligt domstolen bröt Valio mot konkurrenslagstiftningen, skriver Yle på hemsidan.
Det var år 2010 som Valio sänkte priset på de vanligaste mjölksorterna. Konkurrenten Arla tolkade prissänkningen som ett försök att manövrera ut mindre mejerier från marknaden, och vände sig till konkurrensmyndigheterna.
År 2014 slog marknadsdomstolen fast att Valio försökte konkurrera ut Arla genom att sälja mjölken billigt, för att sedan höja priserna då Arla tvingats bort.
Valio överklagade men Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen gick på samma linje.
Finnish Valio has started exporting lactose-free milk powders meant for the consumer market in China. Valio’s products are the first lactose-free milk powders on the market. Valio milk powders will be available from China’s leading online grocery stores.
“Compared to the rest of the world, people in China do not use milk products that much yet, but their usage is growing constantly. This also serves to increase awareness of lactose intolerance and its symptoms. Valio is a global pioneer in developing lactose-free products, and the demand for our expertise is growing in China”, says Kari Finska, Senior Vice President for Valio.
“Even though we are a new face in China’s highly competitive consumer market, the opportunities in China are significant. At least 80% of the population is lactose intolerant. Initially, the export amounts will be small compared to other Valio exports.”
Valio began exporting its baby food range to Russia in October. The product range is made with Finnish milk. Baby food is not included in the Russian sanctions on groceries. The exports mean a return to Russia’s baby food market for Valio after a break of 15 years.
Valio used to export infant formula products to Russia under the Tutteli® brand up until the early 2000s. The infant formula products, made with Finnish milk, are returning to Russian shelves under the Valio Baby® brand.
Chr. Hansen is supplier of probiotics to dietary supplements, infant formula and dairy, and through the acquisition of the LGG® business, the company is now further strengthening its microbial platform across all three categories.
Alongside Chr. Hansen’s own BB-12® strain, the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (protected under the trademark LGG®) is the best documented probiotic strain in the world. It has been used in food and dietary supplements since 1990 and has a proven beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal and immune system. It has been studied in more than 200 clinical studies and described in more than 800 scientific publications.
The price of the acquisition is EUR 73 million and will be funded through Chr. Hansen’s own cash position and existing credit facilities.
Valio säger sig ha förlorat marknadsandelar i mjölkförsäljningen under de tre senaste åren och bolagets övriga mejerier har kapacitet nog för att producera tillräckligt med mjölk, skriver HBL på webben.
Valio is expanding its cheese exports to Sweden and entering the cheese slices market, starting in May with full-fat cheese, Gouda and Port Salut slices ideal for Swedish tastes.
“Valio is actively seeking export markets for its cheeses since Russia halted food imports. We are the market leader in lactose free products in Sweden and have long-run experience of exporting fresh dairy products there. We believe that Swedish consumers will be attracted to our high-quality cheeses, too,” says Kimmo Luoma, Senior Vice President, Cheese at Valio.
Based on consumer testing, Valio concluded that full-fat cheese, Gouda and Port Salut slices would best suit the Swedish market in terms of taste. These same cheeses are sold in Finland under the Valio Turunmaa®, Valio Salaneuvos®, and Valio Luostari® brands.
“Given the degree of competition we need to offer consumers something the competitors don’t. And in addition to excellent taste, that’s the thinnest cheese slices on the market,” says Teea Björklund, Category Manager for Valio cheeses.