Malting company Viking Malt has renewed their commitment to BSAG. Viking Malt is the largest malting company in the Baltic Sea Area, with production plants in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland. The cultivation area of malting barley adds up to about 2 600 km2, and as such, Viking Malt has a big opportunity to positively impact the Baltic Sea through sustainable farming.
In Viking Malt’s previous commitment, a supplier audit system was introduced in Finland, to encourage and help farmers and suppliers to further improve their cultivation methods from environmental point of view. In the renewed commitment, the audit system will be introduced also to Lithuania and Poland, where Viking Malt has strong contract farming positions.
“With the very skilled supplier base of farmers we have in Viking Malt and their commitment to lowering unnecessary use of pesticides and fertilizer we do believe we are contributing to the increase of the quality and productivity of locally grown malting barley, which is in line with our clients demand for sustainable production”, says Group Sourcing & Procurement Manager Jacob Andersen.
“We are especially glad about the new commitment’s internationality. The Baltic Sea has a large and heavily populated catchment area, and it is important to get all surrounding countries to join forces in saving the sea”, says BSAG’s Senior Advisor Riku Venhola.
During the new three-year commitment, Viking Malt will also examine possibilities to participate in the Carbon Action pilot project. Carbon Action is a joint project between BSAG and the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and it studies soil’s capacity to sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere.