Safe and pure food

Good food is made from carefully selected raw materials that are pure and responsibly produced with extremely high standards of care and hygiene.

Product safety and quality are vital to us. Food safety is based on the professional competence and responsibility of the people who work in the food supply chain, the reliability of the food supply chain’s operations as well as risk prevention and risk management.

For example, the transparency and openness of the food supply chain regarding the origin of raw materials and the stages of production is important for product safety.

Quality and environmental management systems at the Apetit Group production plants

The quality management system ISO 9001 (frozen vegetables and frozen foods, frozen pizzas, and vegetable oils) and the environmental management system 14001 (frozen vegetables and frozen foods) cover product development, procurement (including contract farming), sales, production, and marketing. In addition, the environmental management system ISO 14001 covers the operations of Apetit Suomi Oy in the Länsi-Säkylä industrial area.

The food safety management system (FSSC 22000) covers the whole production chain from the reception of raw materials to the product deliveries in Säkylä (frozen vegetables and frozen foods), Pudasjärvi (frozen pizzas) and Kantvik (vegetable oils).

The food safety management system BRC (Global Standard for Food Safety issue 8: August 2018) covers the products produced at the Säkylä plant as well as intercompany products delivered frozen.

The Säkylä plant has been audited following the SMETA 6.0 (4-pillar) format. The certification contains the following aspects: Labour Standards, Health and Safety, Environment, Business Ethics.

Apetit’s contract pea growers have been certified according to the SAI system (Sustainable Agricultural Initiative).

The Säkylä plant has been authorised to produce organic food products.

The Säkylä laboratory of Apetit Ruoka Oy is an in-house controlled laboratory approved by the Finnish Food Authority. The laboratory operates according to the ISO 17025 standard.

Certifications

Apetit (frozen vegetables and foods)

FSSC22000
ISO9001
ISO14001
BRC
FSA
MSC

Avena (oilseed products)

FSSC22000
ISO22000
ISO9001

Product development

All Apetit products are based on its R&D strategy to develop healthy and easy-to-use products that help people to increase their use of vegetables. Apetit develops its products in line with general nutritional recommendations, and the company monitors and makes use of reliable studies and nutritional information published by research institutes in its field.

In developing vegetable-rich and vegan products, we pay particular attention to their protein and energy content. The diverse consumption of vegetables, vegetable oils and full grains is an essential part of a healthy diet.

We do not use genetically modified raw ingredients in our food products. Our frozen vegetable products contain no additives, and the use of additives in other products is carefully considered and restricted to what is necessary.

Packaging

Accurate labelling on packaging is an essential part of product safety. Information about raw materials and allergens are provided clearly on the labelling in accordance with the EU Food Information Regulation.

The packaging also serves the purpose of protecting the food product, increasing its preservability at retail locations and homes, and reducing food waste. We only use the necessary amount of packaging materials, and avoid excessive packaging.