Finnish food and drink industry

Finnish foodstuff is produced with proficiency and high-quality technology. Selections include highly valued brands, seasonal treats and trendy new flavours for both everyday and celebratory occasions. Food and drink industry is Finland’s biggest manufacturer of consumer goods and fourth biggest industry. It employs 38,000 people in 1,700 businesses.
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Study on the significance of biodiversity for the Finnish food industry

The food sector has a key role to play in safeguarding biodiversity and reducing impacts on nature, as around half of all human-induced nature loss comes from food production and the food value chain.

Biodiversity loss is a major sustainability challenge and risk that affects the entire food value chain. On the other hand, ambitious and determined biodiversity work offers new nature-positive business opportunities for the Finnish food industry, new ways to promote the competitiveness of the sector, and unique opportunities to contribute to building a more sustainable food system both nationally and globally.

Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL) wants to act as a guiding and unifying force for the food industry, also on biodiversity issues.

The study commissioned by ETL aims to serve as a study for the whole food sector and to support companies in starting off with biodiversity work by providing information on the key nature-related impacts and dependencies of the industry, the business risks associated with biodiversity and the opportunities offered by biodiversity work.
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Board to evaluate the appropriateness of marketing by food companies

Media release 16.1.2023

The Board of Food Marketing in Finland, which will evaluate the marketing of foodstuff, started operations at the beginning of 2023. The Board is independent and impartial and it operates in connection with the Finland Chamber of Commerce. It will evaluate the appropriateness of marketing on a case-by-case basis, based on requests for statements.

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Materials efficiency commitment

A commitment made by the Finnish food industry, grocery retail trade, foodservice wholesale trade and packaging sector as well as three ministeries reduced the environmental impacts of food production, distribution and consumption in 2019 - 2021.

The commitment was renewd for years 2022 - 2026 and it now includes also hospitality industry in Finland. The three ministeris involved are Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Low-carbon Roadmap for the Finnish Food Industry

The nationally prepared low-carbon roadmaps are based on Finland's carbon neutrality target by 2035. The low-carbon roadmap for the Finnish food and drink industry was completed in August 2020.

The Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation is aiming for carbon neutrality in cooperation with companies in the industry. The target is to reduce the sector's greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent relative to net sales by 2023. The food industry is firmly committed to advancing the entire food supply chain's efforts to reach carbon neutrality. Read more about the low-carbon roadmap.

Reseach strategy for the food industry 2018 - 2025

The strategy is crystallised to the following vision: "Innovative and responsible Nordic food production enables a competitive food industry and consumer well-being, both in Finland and globally". 
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Reseach strategy for the food industry 2018 - 2025


Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation has approximately 260 member companies and cooperation agreement with the Finnish Bakery Federation and the Finnish Meat trade Association. The activities of companies within the spheres of the ETL cover the majority of food and drink industry production in Finland.

Interested in company contacts? Check our member list here.


The Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL) represents the interests of the food and drink industry in Finland. Read more