HKScan's new corporate hires focus on sustainability

HKScan has a new managing director of Kasviskonttori Oy and new VP of corporate responsibility.

(Courtesy HKScan)
(Courtesy HKScan)

HKScan has a new managing director of Kasviskonttori Oy and new VP of corporate responsibility. 

Timo Hansio is the new managing director of the northern European company’s joint venture with Finish company Vihannes-Laitila, Kasviskonttori, as of April 12. The joint venture intends to sell products that make it easier for consumers to increase vegetables in their diets. 

“Timo’s strong commercial background, retail experience and entrepreneurial approach provide a good basis for building Kasviskonttori Oy’s business and growth, increasing the use of fresh added-value vegetables and creating growth across the market,” said Tero Hemmilä, CEO of HKScan. “The partnership with Finland’s leading vegetable trading company is a natural part of our strategy to expand into new raw materials and product categories.”

The VP of corporate responsibility will be HKScan’s former Director of Packaging Development Hanna Lehtonen. Lehtonen holds a master’s degree in environmental chemistry and has experience in the development of circular economy and ecological packaging solutions and materials. According to its website, HKScan has reduced the amount of packaging plastic by about 3.3 million pounds between 2017 and 2019.

“Responsibility is the basis of our entire business. It also plays a key role in creating added value for our customers and consumers,” said Heidi Hirvonen, Senior Vice President of Group Communications and Corporate Responsibility. 

HKScan intends to be carbon neutral by 2040 and has already reduced its carbon emissions by 60% through using renewable energy. 

According to its website, HKScan continues to reduce emissions by:

 • Reducing the climate impact of animal feed production by optimizing the use of fertilizers,
 • Promoting carbon sequestration in the fields,
 • Developing conditions for more effective circular use of manure
 • And inviting contract producers to join climate training and providing tools to develop more sustainable meat production.

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