Exports and operations

Where do Valio products come from and where are they exported to?

Valio operates its own plants in Finland, Estonia, and Russia. In addition to Estonia and Russia, Valio has subsidiaries in Sweden, China, and the United States. All of the milk used to make our products in Finland is sourced from Valio’s Finnish owner-entrepreneur farms. In Estonia and Russia, we source our milk from our partnered producers, whose quality we monitor continuously.

In Finland, Valio’s milk is collected from the farms of our Finnish owner-entrepreneurs, and if there are any issues, the milk is traceable all the way to the farm. All the products made for sale in Finland and for export out of Finland are made from Finnish milk at our 12 production plants. Valio is the market leader for dairy products and berry soups in Finland.

We export our products to roughly 60 countries. We sell milk and whey powders as well as butter for the food and baby food industries. We also export some consumer products. Valio’s exports account for one fourth of Finland’s food product exports. Nearly 100% of the milk product exports from Finland are Valio’s.

Loved and traditional brands in Russia

In Russia, Valio operates a processed cheese plant that also packages matured cheeses. We make fresh dairy products with our partnered dairies, which source their milk for Valio products from Russian farms that comply with Valio’s high quality standards.

Local, significant brands include Valio Viola® cheese spread, Valio Oltermanni® cheese, and Clean Label fresh products. Exports from Finland to Russia include lactose-free milk, Valio Baby® baby foods, and Valio Jäätelöfabriikki ice creams, which are excluded from the import sanctions.

Lactose-free Eila® products in Sweden

Sweden is an important export market for products made in Finland. Significant product groups include lactose-free Eila® products, fruit-flavoured yoghurts, and butter.

Alma is the brand leader in Estonia

In Estonia, Valio is the largest purchaser of local farm milk, and our Alma brand is the local market leader in fresh dairy products. We buy milk from Estonian dairy farms in accordance with Valio’s high quality standards. Every farm is audited before we enter into a partnership. We monitor milk, including bacterial counts and pharmaceutical traces in accordance with EU regulations. Estonian dairy entrepreneurs do not own a part of Valio, which means we buy milk through regular business methods.

In Estonia, Valio operates a dairy in Laeva and the country’s largest cheese factory in Võru. Their products are mostly sold in the Baltics. Valio does not import its own consumer products from Estonia to Finland.

Finlandia Cheese in the US

In the United States, we sell both Finland-made and locally sourced cheese under our Finlandia brand. We also export consumer butter from Finland.

Valio butter won the butter world championships in the USA, a contest that included participants from 30 butter brands from around the world.

Baby food pioneer in China

In China, Valio is among the world’s three largest demineralised whey powder merchants for the food industry. Valio’s DEMI™ powders, which are made in Finland out of Finnish milk, are used as ingredients for baby food, among other things.

In Chinese online stores, we also sell lactose-free consumer milk powders, made in Finland out of Finnish milk.