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Frödinge cheesecakes goes fossil-free

In Sweden, Orkla Foods Sverige, a subsidiary of Norway-headed Orkla ASA, a leading Nordic supplier of branded consumer goods, has taken the final step in switching its Frödinge Dairy, famous for its cheesecakes, to renewable energy. Using district heat from the local sawmill for space heating and hydroelectricity to power the facility, a new wood pellet boiler to replace an oil-fired one for process heat was the final puzzle piece in making Frödinge Orkla's first fossil-free facility in Sweden.

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Say cheese – at the official opening on October 24 of a new wood pellet boiler at Frödinge Dairy marking Orkla Foods first fossil-free production facility in Sweden were Agneta Påander (left), CSR Director of Orkla Foods Sverige; Joakim Rosén, Raw Materials Purchaser, Frödinge Sawmill; Björn Hellman, CEO, Swedish Food Federation; Ingela Nilsson Nachtweij, (C) Vimmerby Municipal Council and Anders Törngren, Frödinge Plant Manager (photo courtesy Orkla Foods Sverige).

Orkla’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 60 percent by 2025 and strive to use fossil-free energy sources only by 2030. The cheesecake factory in Frödinge is the first of Orkla Foods Sverige’s plants to convert to use only renewable energy sources.

The food industry has a major responsibility in the efforts to stop climate change. In this work, our member company Orkla is an example. They are at the forefront of sustainability issues in the Swedish food industry, and the fossil-free plant in Frödinge is a major step towards their goal of fossil-free production. Orkla now sends a clear signal to other Swedish companies and industries that sustainability is a high priority and nothing is impossible, said Björn Hellman, CEO of the Swedish Food Federation.

Frödinge Dairy already uses district heating supplied by local Frödinge sawmills and it buys certified green electricity from Orkla’s own hydropower plant in Norway.

Replacing the oil boiler with a wood pellet boiler has been the last puzzle piece to make the plant fossil free. The investment could not have been carried out at the same pace without support from the Climate Step programme and cooperation with several local suppliers. It is through local cooperation that we together can make a global difference. And when we are doing good, I’m convinced that our cheesecakes also taste that bit better, said Agneta Aanander, CSR director at Orkla Foods Sverige.

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