May 6, 2019


HKScan opens modernised Kristianstad plant in Sweden


In early March, Nordic meat company HKScan held an opening ceremony for its modernised plant in Kristianstad, Sweden.


An investment of almost EUR7 million (US$7.8 million) has enabled an upgrading of the site - said to be Sweden's biggest pig slaughterhouse to date - as well as improving energy savings, food safety and production efficiency.

The planning of the reconstruction began at the turn of 2016 and 2017.

"This is a state of the art project and an investment that both improves our work environment and the quality of the food and our products. It also enhances the efficiency in the production line", said Tero Hemmilä, CEO of HKScan.

The Kristianstad plant was built in 1974 but has been rebuilt and modernised over the years to improve animal welfare and enhance food safety.  More than 250 different meat and deli products are produced at the site. Last year, it produced more than one million Christmas hams.

HKScan's investment is an important step in its strategic development of its operations as it supports the group's ambition towards certifying the plant for export to China, the company said.

"This investment allows us to produce responsibly and even more sustainable meat products for our customers," said Sofia Hyléen Toresson, HKScan's executive vice president (Sweden).

- HKScan