The COOPID project has carried out a selection of 10 success cases within the bioeconomy across the EU primary sector. This is the one belonging to the Finnish Success Case: Valio. This case covers their overall business idea, main products, key characteristics, and plans for development of its business model.

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Main facts

  • Founded in 1905

  • Cooperatively owned

  • Milk is collected from 4,000 farms

  • Processes 1,8 billion litres of milk annually

Main products

  1. Biomethane used as biofuel mainly in logistics of milk and distribution of products by trucks, but also in private car traffic.
  2. Electricity used at the farm and surplus electricity sold to the grid.
  3. Heat used at the farm.

Overall business idea

  1. Collection and processing of cow milk into a wide range of high-quality food products.

  2. Valio has a goal of being carbon neutral in 2035.
  3. Biogas produced at farm-level is upgraded to biomethane and used by trucks collecting milk or distributing products, as well as private biogas-propelled vehicles.

Key characteristics of the success story

  1. Biomethane used as biofuel mainly in logistics of milk and distribution of products by trucks, but also in private car traffic
  2. Electricity used at the farm and surplus electricity sold to the grid
  3. Heat used at the farm

Main products

  1. Valio wants to buy more biomethane for its trucks via the establishment of more farm-based biogas plants
  2. A joint venture with the Finnish energy company St1 aims to produce 1 TWh biomethane in 2030
  3. Other initiatives to reduce CO2-emission in primary production will be implemented

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