Raisio primed to respond to international demand
RAISIO Oyj. Kaurapelto, Kangasala. Mainoskuva. KUVA: RONI LEHTI.
Raisio has its oat mill in top working condition to manufacture different oat products to meet the growing demand in Finland and Europe.
“The oat boom is just beginning in Europe now, so the growth perspectives are quite interesting”, said Pekka Kuusniemi, president and CEO of Raisio.
Raisio will have the capability to produce gluten-free oat products at its mill in Nokia from the beginning of 2020.
Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain, but in normal production conditions, small amounts of other grains are mixed in. Several different purification phases are involved in the production of gluten-free oat products as a means of ensuring that other grains are removed from among the oats. The products are run through several phases of analysis to ensure that they are completely gluten-free.
“We have invested in the production of our gluten-free oat products so that we can accelerate the export of quality Finnish foods in a competitive manner. The first Elovena Gluten-free products manufactured at the mill in Nokia will appear in shops around the end of January or beginning of February 2020,” Pekka Kuusniemi explained.
Furthermore, Raisio’s oat mill can now also produce oat fibre products with a high beta-glucan content. Beta-glucan is an oat fibre that helps to reduce cholesterol and prevent fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
In addition to developing its oat mill, Raisio is currently building a production facility to manufacture plant-based added-value products. The cost estimate of the facility is approximately EUR 45 million and it is scheduled to be completed in 2021.