HKScan will launch the exports of poultry meat from Finland to South Korea in the coming weeks.
Export approval for Finnish poultry meat is a significant step for the company’s exports. HKScan currently exports Finnish and Swedish pork to South Korea.
The volume of exports is estimated at 3-5 million kilos for the first year. Products exported to South Korea will be chicken legs, wings and feet. Chicken meat is from HKScan’s unit in Rauma, Finland, which has invested in growth in recent years, also with a view to exports. The company’s Rauma unit has received an export approval from the South Korean authorities.
Finnish chicken meat is unique by global standards. The meat is responsibly produced and raised without the use of antibiotics. The company noted that in Finland, the animal disease situation is excellent and animal welfare and environmental efficiency of production are taken into account at all stages.
“The export license is a concrete proof of the high quality of Finnish meat. The Finnish authorities have been very supportive of the domestic food industry’s export efforts. My warmest thanks go to all those who have been involved in making this happen,” said Jari Leija, HKScan’s EVP Business Unit Finland.
HKScan is the largest poultry company in Finland, according to the Poultry International Top Companies survey, having slaughtered 93 million broilers during the past year. In addition to broilers, the company’s poultry offerings also include turkey and duck products.
Its brands include HK, Scan, Kariniemen, Rose, Tallegg and Rakvere.