The Apetit Group requires that its suppliers commit to the principles of ethical, social and environmental responsibility documented in the Group’s supplier requirements. The operating principles are based on the Apetit Group’s Code of Conduct as well as the UN Global Compact guidelines. Suppliers are responsible for ensuring that the supplier requirements are met throughout the supply chain. Apetit reserves the right to carry out inspections on its suppliers to ensure compliance with the supplier requirements. The inspections may be conducted by independent third parties, and may be carried out without advance notice.

If a supplier fails to comply with the supplier requirements, and if the necessary improvements are not implemented within the timeframe specified by Apetit, Apetit has the right to terminate its business relationship with the supplier in question. The supplier requirements have been written in compliance with the UN Global Compact.

From carefully selected suppliers

Apetit is committed to promoting Finnish primary production because of its safety, purity and high quality. For this reason, the company mainly purchases vegetables from its contract growers and other Finnish producers. Apetit’s goal is to always observe the principles of responsible growing when procuring raw materials from abroad. Suppliers are evaluated in every growing season to ensure that the raw material procured from them meets Apetit’s quality criteria.
The degree of Finnish origin is usually around 80 per cent for frozen vegetable products and 34 per cent for fresh cut products, depending on the season and the availability of Finnish vegetables.

Most of Apetit’s imported raw materials are from Europe. Like in contract growing in Finland, long-term partners are preferred in procurement from abroad. From outside Europe, Apetit procures mainly broccoli from Ecuador, because thanks to the country’s optimal growing conditions, the quality of broccoli is high all year round even with limited pesticide sprayings.

Apetit conducts a supplier evaluation on all of its foreign suppliers. The supplier and quality requirements are based on the company’s Code of Conduct and operating guidelines. In addition to the supplier itself, they are applied to its value chain. The evaluations are based on the suppliers’ self-evaluation, quality certificates and customer references, and they include an inspection of the suppliers’ facilities, social practices, packaging plant and financial status.
Based on the evaluation, Apetit may also conduct an audit of the supplier, during which time it will often meet the suppliers’ growers. The traceability of raw materials is also verified in audits.

Avena uses around 90 per cent of the rapeseed grown in Finland in its oil milling plant in Kirkkonummi. The plant’s annual need for rapeseed is nearly 1.5 times higher than the harvest in Finland. Most of the imported oilseeds are procured from the Baltic countries. Imported oilseeds are procured through Avena’s own organisation and the quality of each imported consignment is assessed based on the same basic quality requirements that are applied in procurement in Finland. The supplier requirements applied in procurement are based on the purchase and quality terms used in Finnish procurement. Regulations on the use of pesticides are harmonised on the EU level.