Autumn brings new Valio products and more recycled plastic

Snacks for satisfying a little hunger

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The hunger for snacks is satisfied with organic foods or without added sugar, and a family favorite cheese is now available in a handy snack size. The environment benefits from a reduced amount of plastic and increased use of recycled plastic in Valio PROfeel protein snacks and sliced cheese packaging.

Valio MiFU steaks are a 100% plant-based novelty for those searching for an easy, tasty meal, the company said in a press statement. Made of pea protein and rapeseed oil, the steaks have a succulent taste and a meaty mouthfeel. Valio MiFU vegetarian steaks can be fried, baked in the oven, or grilled. The steaks are cooked until crisp and tasty in just a few minutes. They are soy-free and gluten-free, making them suitable for many diets and a favorite for the whole family. Try the steaks in dishes that normally use minced beef steaks. The steaks can also be shaped into “meatballs” before cooking.

For satisfying a little hunger

Valio Oltermanni cheese is now available in a convenient snack form. The cheese pieces are individually packaged and are healthy lunch or snack, Valio said. They can be kept at room temperature for up to eight hours, so they are ideal for packing in your backpack, for example, or as a workout snack. The individually packed pieces are sold in a resealable bag. All Valio Oltermanni cheeses are made from Finnish milk and do not contain additives.

Valio Luonnonjogurtti+ mango and papaya, and apple and pear are fresh and fruity natural yogurts in drinkable form. They do not contain added sugar, sweeteners, fruit juice, or honey.

Valio Oddlygood oat-based yogurts and Valio Oddlygood Barista coffee oat drink are now made from gluten-free Finnish oats, the company informed. At the start of the summer, the company has launched a smaller (0.75 liter) Valio Oddlygood Barista oat drink, available from the cold shelf in shops.

Treats for festive moments

Jäätelöfabriikki’s two new icecreams – mocha and toffee, and lemon and liquorice – claim to have irresistible taste, according to Valio. Plum-lovers now have a new treat in store in the form of Valio Herkku plum mousse. Valio’s plum and cinnamon quark is just for the baking needs. Valio AURA Gold, Valio Hienoin Alppi Kreivi, and Valio Hienoin Juhla Cheddar cheeses are available only for the Christmas season. Valio Viola AURA cream cheese is a convenient accompaniment for crunchy-crusted bread or savory biscuits or making a sandwich cake with the taste of Finland’s best-loved blue cheese.

Less plastic, more recycled plastic

Plastic is needed for all food products that keep for a long time, as without the plastic protection, the food would spoil before it even reaches the home fridge. Packaging has a vitally important task – to prevent food waste, which is a significant environmental hazard. Plastic becomes a problem if it ends up in nature. Valio is determined to reduce the amount of plastic used for packaging and increase the proportion of recycled plastic used. All our packaging is recyclable.

During the autumn, the company stated we would discontinue covers with plastic spoons for Valio PROfeel quarks and puddings. This reduces the amount of plastics used in these packages by a whopping 44%. That means about 150,000 kg a year, which corresponds to about seven million plastic bags! In addition, the company is also making a partial shift to recycled plastic packaging for all of Valio’s cheese slices, and their overall plastic content is also being reduced. More than 55% of the packaging material is made from recycled plastic in Finland, it said. Thinner packaging saves 70,000 kg of plastic per year. Thinner packaging is easier to squeeze into a small area to save space in rubbish bins and rubbish transportation.

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