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.

Purchasing and origin

Purchasing principles

The share of domestic purchasing in Valio’s operations is 94% (2014: 96%) in Finland (excluding machinery and equipment).

Products sold under the Valio brand in Finland are always manufactured in Finland using Finnish raw milk.

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 packaging materials from reliable suppliers who comply with ethical principles based on the ETI Base Code* in their operations.

(*ETI Base Code is built on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Labour Organisation’s key conventions that regulate working life.)

We audit 20–30 suppliers annually, selected on the basis of risk.

Valio does not purchase seafood species determined as endangered by the WWF for its range of trading products, and does not use palm oil as such in its consumer products.

In primary production, the protein feed for the cows is turnip rape or rapeseed rather than soy.

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. Deviations detected in milk during collection are communicated directly from the milk lorry to Valio’s systems in real time.

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.

A rationalisation program resulted in a reduction of more than 400 000 kilometres (1.8%) in the total distance driven by the milk collection lorries in 2015 compared with 2014. The kilometres travelled totalled over 22 million.

Collection is handled by Valio subcontractors who operate a total of 88 lorries which drove an average of 20.5 hours per day on each day of the year.