Valio is a brand leader and the biggest dairy business and food company in Finland. It is also a major player in the international dairy ingredients market. The company was founded in 1905 by Finnish dairy cooperatives and is still owned by 5,000 dairy farmers. Wellbeing is at the heart of Valio’s world leading technology innovations, expertise and products that are made from clean Finnish milk and other ingredients, such as Finnish oats and berries. Valio has net sales of EUR 1.7 billion and is Finland’s biggest food exporter. Valio products are found in some 60 countries.
Competences & Capabilities
Valio’s operations reach from supporting the farmers in milk production to milk processing and food manufacturing, research and development and sales and marketing. Valio is known globally as a leader in functional foods and unique milk processing technologies. In addition to its product development skills, Valio has strong innovation heritage when it comes to the primary production at farms: improving the wellbeing of animals and environment are in the core of Valio’s operations. One of Valio’s main competitive advantages is its main ingredient: Finnish cows are among the healthiest in the EU and their milk among the cleanest in the world.
Partner in the following EIT Food projects
The project will evolve existing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to foster the development of a testing service that distinguishes organic from conventional milk, at all supply chain levels (farm, preproduction, retail), thus enhancing credibility of the dairy supply chain and consumer trust on the final product
Dairy foods are major sources of saturated fatty acids (SFA) in many EU diets but are also crucial sources of key nutrients, and have other functions
The objective of the ‘Better for the environment, better for your health’ solution is to raise the consumer’s understanding of the impact of food production and consumption on the environment and link this with their dietary patterns
Develop in-depth knowledge about food systems through studying consecutively at three distinct European academic institutions and use your knowledge to drive the future transformation of the food system