Altia’s Koskenkorva plant uses barley as the raw material for its products. The integrated plant makes as efficient use as possible of its raw material. Barley is peeled for the process, and the husks are combusted at a biopower plant to produce energy. Starch, protein and fibre fraction are separated from one another in the manufacturing process, each for its specific purpose. The protein and fibre fraction are used for animal feed. The starch is used as it is for various purposes or processed into grain ethanol using yeast.
Raw material is important to us
Finnish barley is usually stored at the farm. This enables us to trace the origin of the raw material we use and even the cultivation actions implemented on the field. It also allows us to further develop the quality of the raw material, which benefits both Altia and the farmer. For contract cultivation, we recommend varieties that ensure maximum starch yield during the process. We pay quality bonuses to farmers based on large grain size and high starch content. The recommended varieties must also enable the farmer to produce a good harvest, in terms of both quantity and quality. In our opinion, this also benefits the environment, as the nutrients added to the field can be recovered.
Altia acquires the raw material for the Koskenkorva plant directly from farmers or from grain traders. The plant consumes around 210 million kilos of Finnish barley per year, which translates into twelve truckloads of barley for each day of the year.
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