Responsible products

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of issues related to health and sustainability. When making food choices, they consider not only price and availability, but also health aspects and sustainable production practices.

HKScan’s objective is to meet the needs of modern consumers by providing healthy, safe and responsibly produced products supporting a varied and balanced diet (Read more: HKScan Agri magazine, only in Swedish). HKScan also ensures reliable product labelling as well as traceability of its products at each stage of the value chain.

Product safety is the cornerstone of HKScan’s operations. Our production processes comply with strict food safety standards, and all of our production facilities are certified according to international standards (see table). Our product safety standards are based on risk assessments of products and processes and they are written into our management programmes. Hygiene and production process management are addressed in our employee training, which additionally covers the handling of process deviations to ensure product safety.

CASES

HKScan also takes part in product safety related academic research. For example, in 2016, HKScan participated in research projects initiated by the University of Helsinki.

In addition, the company is involved in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, which comprises eight university and corporate laboratories in Europe. The programme will train 15 promising young researchers, whose microbiology doctoral studies will be financed for three years.

Product safety and other standards at HKScan production locations:
Certified operations 2016
Production
sites
 ISO
9001
ISO
14001
OHSAS
18001
ISO
50001
ISO
22000
FSSC
22000
IFS  BRC Remarks
Finland Vantaa X X X    
Forssa X X X    
Mellilä X X X    
Eura X X X    
Outokumpu X X X
Mikkeli X X X     1)
Baltics Tabasalu, Estonia X X X
Rakvere, Estonia   X X X    
Viiratsi, Estonia X X    
Jelgava, Latvia   X X    
Sweden Kristianstad X X X   2)
Linkoping X X X     2)
Skara X X X   2)
Halmstad X X X   2)
Denmark Vinderup       X X
Skovsgaard       X X
Poland Świnoujście X X X
1) Organic certificate in Finland
2) Krav – Organic certificate in Sweden

Broad selection for increasingly aware consumers

HKScan’s product development is founded on an in-depth understanding of consumer needs and is steered both by nutritional goals and increased health awareness among consumers. Our product development follows the latest food trends and national dietary guidelines, which recognize meat as part of a balanced and varied diet alongside vegetables, wholegrains and unsaturated fats.

Cases

1. HKScan published results of a study made by the Helsinki University. According to it, people who had eaten rape seed fed pork (Rypsiporsas®) meat, got more omega-3 fats from their diets during the study than persons who had eaten same amout of grain-fed pork meat. In addition, the Finnish restaurant chain Kotipizza chose to use Rypsiporsas® pork in their ham pizzas, basing their decision on domestic origin, traceability and sustainability. The Swedish counterpart of the Finnish Rypsiporsas® concept is called Rapsgris®.

2. During 2016, HKScan Finland took part in a research project funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes). In addition to developing new types of food solutions for conscripts in the field, the project promotes healthy food choices in mass catering. HKScan was also involved in another project aiming to motivate conscripts to make healthy, environmentally sound food choices by optimizing the user-friendliness of food products.

3. In Sweden, HKScan continued to develop the product concept that incorporates 50 per cent vegetables (Järpish, Korvish, Burgish), offering an easy way for consumers to increase vegetables in their diet and also to reduce salt – but not at the expense of great flavour. HKScan also introduced vegetable cold-cuts suitable for vegetarians.