Did you know that Finnish households produce approximately 120–160 million kilos of food waste every year? This presents the majority, or 30%, of all the waste in the food chain. In addition, the Finnish food industry accumulates a large amount of waste – up to 75–105 million kilos, which represents 20% of the waste in the food chain. At Paulig, we have paid attention to waste and the other climate effects of food in our operations already for years. Read more about the concrete steps we have taken.

Waste from tortilla factory and roasteries utilised

Did you know that all waste produced in the making of Paulig Group's Santa Maria tortillas and tacos is recovered and utilised afterwards? At Santa Maria tortilla factory in Landskrona, Sweden, our partner is a local pig farmer Bengt Bengtsson who uses the waste from tortilla production either in the production of animal feed or in his sludge collector to make fertiliser for his fields. Bengt’s farm is located close to Santa Maria tortilla factory, which means a short transport distance and thus less environmental impact.

All waste created in Paulig coffee production in Finland is utilised in the biogas production of the roasteries, composted or sold as raw material for instant coffee. All Paulig coffee in Finland is roasted using biogas, and Paulig's largest coffee roastery in Vuosaari has been running on biogas since August 2015.

In addition, the test roasts of Paulig Kulma coffee house located in Helsinki’s city centre are donated to Hope – Yhdessä and Yhteisesti ry associations that support families of limited means with children.

Recycling spice jars

As Paulig Group launched the new Santa Maria spice jars last autumn, Paulig was at risk of getting stuck with a large number of unused spice jars with the old package design in the warehouse. The solution was that Paulig started cooperation with Matsmart that, through their online store, sells at discounted prices food that would have otherwise become food waste. As a result of the cooperation, Matsmart bought the entire remaining spice jar inventory and sold them through their service to consumers at a 50–70% discount. This meant that food waste was avoided and the products were not wasted.

Storage innovation cuts carbon dioxide emissions

Paulig Group's Poco Loco brand also invests in climate-friendly food production. The new innovative warehousing solution at Poco Loco production facility on the outskirts of Roeselare, Belgium, has reduced the annual number of truck deliveries by 25,000. In carbon dioxide emissions, this means an annual cut of a whopping 365 tonnes. At the core of the innovation is a bridge, spanning one hundred metres, that has been built between the production facility and the warehouse. The raw materials are transported along the bridge via automatic transport lines from the warehouse to the production facility, and the ready products are taken back to the warehouse along the same route.

In the future, it is possible to also acquire a windmill close to the warehouse, which would make the warehouse completely carbon-free.

More than 12 billion litres of clean water saved

All of Paulig Group's Risenta products are 100% climate compensated. This means that Paulig climate compensates for all the carbon dioxide released during the production chain of Risenta products and converts it into trees in Peruvian and Mexican rainforests in cooperation with Zeromission.

In addition, last year we communicated that Finns have saved more than 10 billion litres of clean water in a little over two years by eating Pulled Oats products. Back then, the number was already significant because it corresponded to washing all of the cars in Finland 10 times (50 million car washes á 150 litres of water per wash) or running a washing machine 142 million times. The number keeps on growing, and now more than 12 billion litres of clean water have been saved. You can use the calculator on our website and see how much clean water your household can save by favouring Pulled Oats products. 

Read more about the sustainability work at Paulig Group and learn more about food waste week (in Finnish) at https://havikkiviikko.fi. Don’t forget to participate in the discussion on social media using the hashtags #foodwaste and #mypaulig.

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