HKScan, a listed Northern European food company, is advancing towards carbon neutrality by reducing fossil-based materials in collaboration with Woodly.
Northern European food company HKScan is using Woodly® material to package its popular HK® Maakarit artisan grilled sausages and Kariniemen® grilled sausages. The collaboration between HKScan and Woodly started in early 2021 and progressed the following summer as the Finnish grilled sausage favourites entered the market packaged in Woodly’s carbon-neutral wood-based plastic.
With the eco-friendly Woodly® component, HKScan reduces the carbon dioxide emissions of the finished packaging film by approximately 50% when compared to conventional traditional plastic packaging. The introduction of Woodly’s carbon-neutral wood-based packaging is a part of HKScan’s responsibility program.
“At HKScan, we are constantly improving the use of packaging materials in our product packaging. In addition, we map more environmentally friendly materials and create packaging solutions that reduce food waste and extend the shelf life of products,” says Mikko Järvinen, the Marketing Director of HKScan Finland.
Woodly aims to support its customers in achieving sustainability targets by delivering a packaging material to the market that will help reduce emissions.
“Woodly is an innovation that is changing the world. Therefore, there is a need for pioneers like HKScan to bring it to market as a packaging application. This collaboration with HKScan has been an important milestone for us in the commercialization of our innovation,” says Jaakko Kaminen, CEO of Woodly.
The main raw component in Woodly® material – coniferous cellulose – comes from certified, sustainably managed forests. The renewability of the material makes it a viable replacement for fossil-based packaging materials. Woodly® material is carbon-neutral and packages can be recycled as plastic.
The packaging film for HKScan is supplied by Woodly’s industrial partner Wipak.
CEO Jaakko Kaminen, Woodly Oy, Tel. +358 (0)40 590 0035,
Marketing Director Mikko Järvinen, HKScan Finland, Tel. 010 570 2381,
Woodly Oy is a Finnish company developing materials technology, whose commercial product is a new type of plastic-based on wood cellulose – Woodly®. Woodly® material has the same characteristics as conventional fossil plastics but with the added benefit of being carbon neutral and recyclable. In addition to packaging, it can be used to produce products for different uses.
HKScan is a Nordic food company with a strategic target to grow into a versatile food company. HKScan’s responsibly produced products are part of consumers’ varied food moments – both every day and on special occasions. HKScan has approximately 7,000 professionals applying more than 100 years of experience to make locally produced food. For HKScan, responsibility means continuous improvements and concrete actions throughout the food chain. As part of their Zero Carbon programme, they are targeting a carbon-neutral food chain from farms to consumers by the end of 2040. HKScan’s home markets cover Finland, Sweden, the Baltics and Denmark. Their strong product brands include HK®, Kariniemen®, Via®, Scan®, Pärsons®, Rakvere®, Tallegg® and Rose™. Through strategic partnerships, they are also known for Kivikylän®, Tamminen® and Boltsi brands. HKScan is a publicly listed company, and in 2020, their net sales totalled nearly EUR 1.8 billion.
Wipak specialises in high-end packaging solutions and services for perishable food products, as well as healthcare sterile supplies and devices. Wipak is well respected in Europe and Asia for its expertise in complex multilayer films in general and barrier films. Wipak’s strength is in linking expertise in research and development with the group’s production and sales capabilities around the globe. Wipak operates eleven facilities and a network of sales offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and it is part of the family-owned Wihuri business conglomerate.