1. HKScan made its most significant production plant investment to date in Rauma, Finland. The unit specialises in poultry products. The construction work started in 2016 and was completed at the end of 2017. The new plant helps to preserve food industry jobs in Western Finland. The new production plant will replace the existing plant in Eura.
2. HKScan decided to invest in the growing meals business by developing the Estonian Rakvere unit. The eight-million euro investment consists of modernisation of the frying department, installation of new cooking and packaging lines and expansion of the building. The investment allows HKScan to implement new technologies and packaging solutions, which will strengthen its position in the meals business. Construction is to commence in May 2018.
3. The Group has invested in primary production for example in Estonia by renovating the Tallegg Rannamõisa broiler farm with over two million euros. The investment will result in more environmentally friendly production and improve the welfare and housing conditions of the birds as ventilation, lighting, feeding and watering systems will be improved. Computer systems will be installed to monitor the indoor climate in real time. The new technology allows HKScan also to monitor and analyse the feed and heating costs of the farm complex, which in turn ensures a more efficient and economic production process. On top of this, the farm’s biosecurity measures will be enhanced, which helps to mitigate risk for animal diseases such as Avian Flu.
4. In 2017, the Chinese and Finnish food authorities signed an agreement allowing HKScan’s Forssa plant to start exports to China. Exports are scheduled to commence during the first half of 2018. HKScan products exported to China will be targeted at retail customers, industrial customers and the HoReCa sector.
5. HKScan launched Finnish poultry exports to Japan. Export customers appreciate responsibly produced, high-quality, "No antibiotics ever" antibiotic-free meat.