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HKScan’s Rakvere plant in Estonia is expanding

11. June 2019

Today, 11th of June, the extension of Rakvere plant was officially opened in Rakvere, which increased 41 900 m² sized factory by 2000 m². With the extension, a new and modern department of ready-to-eat products was built, equipped with unique and modern technology in the Baltics. According to current knowledge, it’s the biggest investment this year among Estonian food industries organizations.

„Past few years have not been easy for the Estonian meat industry. That’s why it’s even more important that we have been able to continue to invest in our people, farms, production units and products. An investment of EUR 8 million in the Rakvere plant enables us to produce more efficiently and environmentally friendly, as well as to launch new ready-to-eat products with innovative packaging solutions“, states Anne Mere, EVP Market Area Baltics.

According to Anne Mere, the new technology is four times more powerful than the existing one. „The market for ready meals is growing at an annual rate of 10% across Europe, and the new cooking and packaging technology at the Rakvere plant enables us to increase exports across Baltics and Scandinavia, as well as to other markets“, Mere describes.

“The investments into continuous innovation hold the key to the success of a modern food industry. Trends show that ready meals are in constant growth path and we need to tap directly into this trend. However, it is equally important to be environmentally friendly in production – both in terms of technology and packaging of products. The investment into the modernization of Rakvere plant will improve HKScan’s environmental footprint, as the new Rakvere lines reduce energy consumption by roughly five per cent. In addition instead of electricity, gas will be taken into use that provides a significantly lower carbon release to the environment”, says Tero Hemmilä, CEO of HKScan Group.

HKScan is a Nordic meat and meals company. We employ nearly 7 200 professionals in striving to serve the world´s most demanding consumers, maintaining quality throughout the full chain of operations, From Farm to Fork. HKScan produces, markets and sells high-quality, sustainably produced pork, beef, poultry and lamb products, as well as charcuterie and meals, with strong consumer brands, including HK®, Scan®, Rakvere®, Kariniemen®, Rose®, Pärsons® and Tallegg®. Our customers are the retail, food service, industrial and export sectors, and our home market comprises of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltics. We export to close to 50 countries. In 2018, HKScan had net sales of EUR 1.7 billion.

Additional information:

Kerstin Aps
Communications Manager of HKScan Estonia
E-mail: kerstin.aps@hkscan.com
Phone +372 52 47 583