HKScan: New poultry unit in Rauma opened

New poultry unit in Rauma opened

Facility in Rauma
Facility in Rauma

FINLAND, Turku. The Kariniemen brand begins a new chapter in its history with the opening of HKScan’s new, state-of-the-art poultry unit in the Rauma district of Lakari. The facility was inaugurated by the Finnish Minister of Agriculture Jari Leppä, Mayor of Rauma Kari Koski, Chairman of the HKScan Board Mikko Nikula and the President and CEO Jari Latvanen. Valued at over € 80 mill., the unit is the largest investment in HKScan Corporation’s history.

Construction of the new facility began early in 2016, and the project was completed on schedule. Pilot production is currently under way, with full-scale ramp-up to be completed by the end of the year.

The new unit was designed and built with a special focus on animal welfare and environmental efficiency. All poultry processed at the Rauma unit is domestic in origin and sourced from nearby farms from within a radius averaging no more than 70 km. HKScan has collaborated with animal behaviour experts to ensure that the facilities are optimized for humane animal handling. Details such as the ventilation, temperature and lighting have been designed to minimize stress and keep the animals calm. The animal handling process has been streamlined, with all unnecessary steps eliminated.

Promoting the circular economy was a further key goal at Rauma. Side-streams will be harnessed more effectively to improve both profit and environmental efficiency. Raw materials, which are normally not consumed in the European cuisine but fit excellently for human consumption (such as inner organs and feet) will be sold on export markets, particularly to Asia.

Source: HKScan


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