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Investing US$7mn in the new slaughter process of Rauma’s poultry unit and putting it into operation, HKScan’s investment enables the unit to significantly improve its raw material yield, productivity and operational reliability

FEAG PoultryHKScan’s invests US$7mn in the new slaughter process of Rauma’s poultry unit. (Image source: Adobe stock)

In the investment, the whole first part of the production process at Rauma poultry unit in Finland has been renewed. The processing capacity of the unit’s slaughter line will increase with the investment by 20% and raw material yield by 10%. The investment will significantly reduce the consumption of utilities, such as water and district heating. 

Jari Leija, HKScan’s executive vice-president business unit Finland, said, “The new slaughter line was installed in stages during the early part of the year. The biggest changes were completed in recent weeks. Installation work proceeded as planned despite the additional challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to careful planning and our top professionals throughout the chain, the unit’s service level remained good during the installation work. After the equipment installations, we will continue to develop the unit’s productivity and striking power.”

Tero Hemmila, HKScan’s CEO, said, “Poultry products play a crucial role in driving growth in line with HKScan’s strategy. HKScan is the second largest poultry company in its Baltic Sea region home markets. In 2020, our poultry product sales increased by over 12% and as a poultry product producer, we are the market leader in Finland, Estonia and Denmark. In Finland, we anticipate the demand for Kariniemen poultry products to continue strong also in the future.” 

HKScan’s Rauma unit delivers almost half of the poultry products in Finland. The unit’s service level and efficiency developed almost as planned in 2020, which improved the result of HKScan's poultry business in Finland. 

Kariniemen chickens grow on HKScan’s contract farms in Satakunta and Southwest Finland. HKScan’s key goal in its corporate responsibility work is to meet the consumer and customer demand for healthy, high-quality, responsibly produced and tasty products.