Valio is a brand leader and the biggest dairy business and food company in Finland. The company was founded in 1905 by Finnish dairy co-operatives and is still owned by 5,000 dairy farmers. Well-being 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 1.7 billion euros and is Finland’s biggest food exporter.
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 in the primary production at farms: improving the well-being of animals and decreasing environmental footprint.
Partner in the following EIT Food projects
The programme is based on a combination of essential entrepreneurial skills, which will help you to become an effective innovator, and key technical skills that are tailored to your career ambition in the sector
Legumes such as peas and beans are rich in protein and can thus replace animal proteins in human diet
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
Consumers have a growing awareness of food waste concerns yet lack the know-how and motivation to change food related behaviors that can make a real impact in reducing food waste, shopping, preparation and repurpose of ingredients
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
Iodised salt and milk are the main sources of I in human diets
A new class of plant-based ingredients produced by a combination of an air milling, classification and electro-separation process has recently been developed and become available
Programme description FOODIO, Food Solutions Master Class, was a multidisciplinary, challenge-based learning programme for bachelor, master and doctoral students, working together with professors, researchers and professionals
Tasty Macronutrients: How to best use novel plant protein – carbohydrate based ingredients in foods?
These ingredients can be physically (coacervates), chemically (conjugates) or enzymatically formed
The project will provide information on how the corona crisis will lead to changes in consumer behaviour, on the extent to which these changes are expected to be enduring beyond the corona crisis, and how the implications this has for the food industry and for public authorities