Purchasing and origin
Valio’s purchasing criteria are quality and price, ethicality, and domestic origin. We favour local suppliers whenever that can be achieved in a competitive manner.
We know what we’re buying
The share of domestic purchasing in Valio’s operations is 96% (2013: 95%) in Finland and 83% (2013: 85%) in Estonia (excluding machinery and equipment).
Products sold under the Valio brand in Finland are always manufactured in Finland using Finnish raw milk. Products sold under the Alma brand in Estonia are always manufactured in Estonia.
Turnip rape oil and sugar from Finnish fields
In addition to milk, Valio’s most commonly used ingredients are turnip rape oil and sugar.
The turnip rape oil used in Valio’s spreads is 100% Finnish, and the sugar carries the Hyvää Suomesta* (Produce of Finland) label. * Products carrying the Hyvää Suomesta swan label contain at least 75% Finnish ingredients.
Responsible purchasing policy
Product and supplier surveys ensure that we are buying safe, high-quality ingredients and auxiliary agents from reliable suppliers who comply with ethical principles based on the SA 8000* standard in their operations.
(* The SA 8000 standard is based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation conventions.)
We audit 20–30 suppliers annually, selected on the basis of risk.
Valio does not purchase seafood species determined as endangered by the WWF.
Milk packages from Imatra
Valio’s one-litre milk, cultured buttermilk, yoghurt and juice packages are purchased from Tetra Pak’s Imatra plant.
The cardboard is supplied by Stora Enso’s nearby Imatra Kaukopää plant. A large part of the wood used in making the milk cartons has been sourced from areas near to the Imatra plant. The short transport distance from the cardboard plant to the carton plant reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Milk collection and traceability
The ingredients of Valio products are highly traceable. If a product is faulty, the raw milk can be traced back to the farm from which it was collected.
Raw milk is collected from farms every other day and milk collection routes are planned for efficiency and to be environmentally sound.
In 2014, collection lorries drove an average of 21 hours (2013: 20.4 hours) per day on each day of the year.
Collection is handled by Valio subcontractors who operate a total of 91 (2013: 94) lorries that travelled a total of 23.5 million kilometres in 2014 (2013: 23.9 million kilometres).