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August 2022

K Group prepares to save electricity with plans to reduce lighting and adjust heating in its stores

K Group has been mapping out new ways in which it could reduce electricity use in its stores this autumn and winter. Proactive measures aim to reduce peaks in electricity consumption and help prevent potential electricity shortages in Finland. K Group estimates that it could save electricity via temporary extraordinary measures at times by as much as 15 to 20 percent.

Responsibility, Customer, Media

19.08.2022 09:00

Innovative energy systems for all K-Citymarkets in Tampere

In connection with the installation of these new systems, all three K-Citymarkets in Tampere will be equipped with new refrigeration systems, a heat circulation system that recycles waste energy and new energy efficient lighting solutions. The carbon dioxide emissions of K-Citymarket Turtola, the first store to be renovated, are expected to decrease by about 140 tonnes per year, which corresponds to the emissions generated by driving over 1.2 million kilometres.

Responsibility, Media

05.08.2022 13:00

July 2022

K-stores’ own beehives produce truly local honey

During the summer, K-stores’ shelves are full of various local products. One speciality in the selection of many K-stores is the store’s own honey, for which beehives are kept on the stores’ roofs and at the edges of nearby fields. Following the cool start to the summer, people are eagerly waiting to see what this year's yield is going to be.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

04.07.2022 11:30

June 2022

K Group makes healthy choices easier by introducing the Heart Symbol to Pirkka and Pirkka Parhaat products

K Group intends to add the Heart Symbol, granted by the Finnish Heart Association, to approximately 200 existing Pirkka and Pirkka Parhaat products. The Heart Symbol is granted to products that are a healthier choice in a specific product category. The action is related to K Group’s goal to make it as easy as possible for customers to make healthy food choices.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

13.06.2022 14:52

Kesko tightens its sourcing policies in an effort to prevent deforestation – new policy set for the sustainable production of coffee and tea

In an effort to prevent deforestation and loss of biodiversity, Kesko has updated its sourcing policies. According to its new ‘No deforestation policy’, Kesko will only accept in its own brand selections wood, paper, palm oil, soy, cocoa, coffee and tea that have been produced 100% sustainably.

Responsibility, Media

13.06.2022 14:44

May 2022

K-Citymarket Lohja is holding a community work event for promoting biodiversity by replacing rugosa roses with endemic plants

Last year, K-Citymarket Lohja removed rugosa rose bushes from an area of thousands of square metres on the shop grounds. On Thursday 19 May, there will be a community work event to plant endemic plants in place of this invasive species. This is intended to advance biodiversity and encourage pollinators to find the area.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

25.05.2022 13:09

April 2022

K Group is committed to halving its food waste – and bringing to stores the first convenience food made from ingredients that would otherwise be lost or wasted

K Group’s goal is to halve its food waste by 2030. Achieving this ambitious goal requires continuous development, which includes ideas stemming from the circular economy concept, such as products made from otherwise wasted food. The Hyvis product line, which currently makes use of otherwise wasted food, is complemented with a new convenience food: the Hyvis tomato and cheese soup, which is made with tomatoes discarded at K Group’s central warehouse and Juustoportti’s surplus cheese.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

22.04.2022 08:27

March 2022

K Group, Fortum and Kekkilä create a backyard composter made from plastic packaging recycled by households

Households are increasingly recycling plastic, which makes it possible to innovate new products to be sold at stores. K-Rauta has added to its selection a backyard composter created by three Finnish operators. Made from recycled plastic, the composter is a prime example of the circular economy.

Responsibility, Customer, Media

31.03.2022 10:14

A separate shelf for discounted food found in more and more K-food stores – The Sales of red-flagged expiring products grew by 12% last year

K Group reached its target of decreasing food waste by 13% from the 2016 level by 2021. In addition to systematic selection management, K-stores’ innovative solutions, such as loss-preventing discount shelves and the increasing amount of products that make use of food that would otherwise be wasted, as well as the popularity of red-flagged discounted products, played important roles in reaching the target.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

29.03.2022 09:37

Kesko accelerates the circular economy of construction plastics by being the first in its field of business to join the Green Deal of Construction Plastics

Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade division is the first operator in the trade sector to join the voluntary Green Deal of Construction Plastics. The division includes the technical wholesale company Onninen and the K-Rauta chain, which serves both consumers and business customers. The Green Deal strives to accelerate the circular economy of construction plastics by decreasing the use of plastic and by promoting the recycling of plastic in the construction industry.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

28.03.2022 00:00

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