Valio’s raw material policy on the use of soy

Soy’s characteristics and challenges

Soy is a legume. Soy cultivation is successful in a variety of environments, but today the majority of soy is produced in South America and the United States. The production of soy is linked to several responsibility challenges, such as deforestation, which causes climate warming and loss of biodiversity. The use of soy in animal feed further increases its environmental load.

Soy is a high-quality plant protein with good fat content, and it contains essential amino acids. For this reason, it is used in many ways as a raw material in the food industry.

Soy is also an allergen; thus, the way it is handled in food production is particularly stringent.

Valio’s policy on the use of soy

According to Valio’s policy, soy* is not used in Valio’s consumer products, but its use is possible in B2B products and in products for industrial kitchens – if its use is necessary from the point of view of the product’s characteristics or it is a customer requirement. In these situations, the soy must be certified and the certification must be verifiable.  Valio’s dairy farms in Finland do not use soy in feed.

*The policy applies only to raw materials that contain soy. Note: it is possible that agents or additives containing small amounts of soy derivatives, such as soy lecithin, that are not specified in the raw material data may be used.

Valio’s use of soy

Situation as of 03/2021 Target/progress (updated 27.5 2021)
Soy is not used in Valio’s Finnish and Estonian consumer products. No soy is used in Valio’s Finnish and Estonian consumer products.
In Russia, there are two processed cheese raw materials that contain a small amount of soy. Explore with the supplier if the raw material can be substituted.
Soy is used in a few of the company’s contract manufactured products. Explore alternative raw materials.

Agree on certification of the supply chain with the manufacturing plants.
Valio’s dairy farms in Finland do not use soy in feed. The use of soy in feed was forbidden in Valio’s dairy farms in Finland as of 1.3.2018.

The chart is updated once a year.