Kalaneuvos Oy opening new processing plant in Finland
The largest seafood company in Finland will open a new EUR 28 million (USD 30.8 million) processing facility in the western part of the country later this month.
Kalaneuvos Oy, which farms, processes, imports, and exports salmon and other fish, is hosting the opening ceremony of its new smoking and fish filleting plant in Sastamala on 26 November.
The new factory, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art processing equipment and packaging lines, will have a fish-smoking capacity up to 40,000 kilograms per day and a filleting capacity of up to 30,000 kilograms per day, according to the company.
“Kalaneuvos owns the whole production chain from fish farming to the processing of high-quality fish products, import, export and wholesale. The factory expansion is an over 28-million-euro investment and strengthens Kalaneuvos’ position as the largest fish smoking manufacturer in the Nordic countries,” the company said in a press release. “The factory expansion more than doubles the smoking and fish filleting capacity in Sastamala.”
Kalaneuvos is pitching the facility as an investment in aquaculture, which it said is “a solution to sustainable food production in the age of climate change.”
“The Finnish fish farming industry is known for its fruitful efforts to make the industry more environmentally conscious. The Baltic Sea is one of the most fragile seas in the world and has suffered a significant load from agriculture, aquaculture, industrial, and household emissions. However, the fish farming industry has made remarkable work in reducing emissions,” it said. “Today, the total load from fish farming has reduced by 70 percent compared to 1990. In addition, the industry is based on an almost 100 percent circular economy due to innovations in feed, processing, and product development.”
Kalaneuvos Oy develops, produces and markets premium fish products under the Kalaneuvos brand, as well as private label brands for store chains. The Hukkanen family, which controls the company, also owns the Nordic Fish Group and a daughter company Nordic Trout, which is concentrating on fish farming. Combined, the companies operates more than 30 locations in Finland, the Aland Islands, and Sweden and produces more than 11 million kilograms of processed fish products annually.
Photo courtesy of Kalaneuvos Oy