A value-adding workplace
Sustainable cultivation
Resource-efficient operations
The products of the future

Sveriges stärkelseproducenter

Sustainability report

FY 23

Welcome to our sustainability report

Sveriges stärkelseproducenter

Sustainability for us

Our business is based on an effective interplay between nature and humans, and we work hard to ensure this interplay is sustainable in the long term.

The year in brief

New core values for the Swedish business


less energy/water per tonne of starch in new Mjällby facility

Rainforest Alliance-marked pepper
Decision to phase out propylene oxide
Positive EU report on CRISPR-Cas9


New higher goal for share of certified turmeric (SSI definition of sustainable purchasing)


Ratio of men/women in management in the Czech business


Share of our Swedish growers using bio-diesel

Here you can read about our business and how we constantly improve it together. We want to be part of a sustainable future.
Hans Holmstedt
CEO and Group CEO

A few words from our CEO

Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter operates through our brands, Lyckeby, Solam, Culinar and Kockens, on a global market that in the last financial year has been strongly affected by the invasion of Ukraine. Both from the human perspective and the more business-relevant, where inflation, high energy prices and a poor economic situation have had a clear effect on our business. Global uncertainty reveals our society’s vulnerability, and the necessity for us as a company to work in a methodical and long-term way with our sustainability process.

About Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter

Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter is an agricultural cooperative founded in 1927. The association has 600 members in southern Sweden, of whom 400 are active growers of our primary raw material – starch potatoes.

The association has two business areas: starch and flavor. Our starch operations are run under the name Lyckeby, while flavor is managed by the companies Culinar Sverige AB (Culinar) and Kockens AB (Kockens) and Lyckeby Culinar A.S. In total, the association employs around 360 people in Sweden and 130 in the Czech Republic. Turnover is approximately 3 billion kronor.

Our vision

Our vision

Starch potatoes are the most profitable option for our growers.

Our timeline

Founding of Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter agricultural co-operative
Construction of the factory in Mjällby
Construction of the factory in Nöbbelöv
Acquisition of Culinar
Acquisition of Amylex starch production in the Czech Republic
Culinar establishes operations in the Czech Republic
Certified energy management system in the Swedish starch business
Acquisition of the consumer brand Kockens
Start-up of expanded operations in Kristianstad
Culinar inaugurates production of liquids
Culinar in Sweden joins the Sustainable Spices Initiative
Fossil-free production in Fjälkinge
The transition from LPG to bio oil begins in the Swedish starch business
Start-up of expanded production in Mjällby


We produce starch from potatoes and transform it to suit our customers’ needs and requirements. All of the potatoes in our Swedish production are grown by our owners.

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The process water from production is returned to the fields to water the crops

Our main raw material is starch potatoes grown by our owners

Soil and stones from potato deliveries are used as fill materials, for example during road construction

We refine starch into starch for the paper industry

The potatoes delivered to the starch factory are fractionated into starch, fiber, and protein

The starch and fiber are also refined into value-added products for the food industry

The plant parts remaining after the food-grade fiber has been processed are concentrated into pulp and sold as feed. Also the potato protein is refined into a nutritious feed product

The nutrients in the potato juice are concentrated and sold as fertilizer

Our brands within the starch business area

Starch operations

We buy potatoes, in Sweden from our potato growers and owners, and in the Czech Republic from 150 local growers. Then we process and utilize the material in the potato in the best possible way so we can offer customized, functional potato starch products to customers within the food and paper industries. We focus on markets and applications where potato starch has high potential, giving our customers added value. When you buy from Lyckeby, you always get support and knowledge within the areas of product development, applications, logistics, and quality, from our highly experienced team. Our mission is for the starch potato to be the most profitable alternative for our growers.

In addition to transforming the starch, we also make use of side streams from other components in the starch potato, as far as possible. We transform the potato fiber to a food-grade product, sell the protein as animal food, and in our Swedish operations the juice and surplus water are transferred back to the fields as concentrate to fertilize and water the crops. A circular process that we are very proud of!


Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter offers customized, functional starch products and potato fiber to the global food industry under the Lyckeby brand.


Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter sells value-added starch products to the paper industry in Europe under the Solam brand.


We blend spices with other ingredients to create products that simplify customer logistics.

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Quality control



Quality control

Recipe development


Quality control



Our brands within the flavor business area

Our flavor operations

At Culinar, we blend spices from all over the world with other functional ingredients (including Lyckeby’s potato starch) to create ready-to-use flavor and texture ingredients for the food industry. Our role in the value chain is to simplify and streamline logistics and blending in the customer’s end process.

Contributing support and knowledge within applications such as snacks, meat and deli, bakery, etc., is an important part of our business. Here we collaborate closely with the customer so the consumer receives a good end product. As well as application knowledge, we also optimize packaging and manufacturing to minimize waste and simplify handling of ingredients by the customer.

At Culinar, we also create products that are sold directly to the consumer and to the catering industry via Kockens.


Culinar Sverige AB and Lyckeby Culinar A.S. offer a wide range of spices, other ingredients, and unique blends to the food industry in Europe under the Culinar brand.


Kockens AB creates products targeted at consumers, restaurants, and catering in Sweden under the Kockens brand. The product range consists of dried herbs and spices, potato starch, and gluten-free flour.

Our production units

Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter has five production units in Sweden and two in the Czech Republic, all located close to where our starch raw materials are grown.

Our sustainability process

As a business, we need never doubt that our products have a self-evident place in a sustainable future, but with this knowledge as a foundation we constantly strive to improve our working methods – with the ambition of minimizing negative impacts from our operations and maximizing their benefits for society. We have chosen to focus our sustainability efforts within four main focus areas we feel are most relevant from a risk and impact perspective.

These focus areas are common to our two business areas, and follow our value chain, centering on the processing of cultivated raw materials. Our focus on these areas means we can contribute to a more sustainable world. Here, we present our focus areas and the Agenda 2030 goals we link to our sustainability process.

A value-adding workplace

Sustainable cultivation

Resource-efficient operations

The products of the future

A value-adding workplace

Our workplaces should generate value in the form of security, satisfaction, diversity, and equality for everyone working in them. The basis for this approach can be found in Swedish legislation and is reinforced by our corporate culture, which is characterized by commitment, pride, and loyalty.

Sustainable cultivation

Our primary raw materials are cultivated crops. Around the world, cultivation faces a range of challenges within areas such as biodiversity, climate impact, and social conditions. We aim to meet relevant challenges with knowledge and responsibility.


In addition to adding value to the starch, we also make use of side streams, creating sustainable production with high circularity. In our factories, we also work continuously to ensure production takes place with the least possible input of energy and chemicals.

The products of the future

Together with our customers and collaboration partners, we work to develop the sustainable products of the future, which will contribute to both improved health and a better environment.
Our close collaborations with customers in the context of long-term and trusting relationships are central to us. With high levels of transparency and support within the entire chain of sales, logistics, product development, and quality, we create security both for the customer and for our own employees. This in turn leads to good business transactions and we can gain important insights from our customers in terms of how we can become a more sustainable company.

Mathias Samuelsson

Sales Director, Lyckeby

A value-adding workplace

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We know that a sense of community and job satisfaction are very important for our employees. And our employees are very important for us. So we invest a great deal in creating a positive culture where everyone is happy.

Charlotte Olsson

HR manager

A value-adding workplace

Our employees generate value for the business through their knowledge and commitment. In return, we want to give them a workplace that creates value and quality of life, in the form of security and job satisfaction. So that everyone can contribute to our sustainable development, we also need to ensure we have the right skills and culture, in which everyone’s capacity is utilized.

Our responsibility as an employer is based in legislation, practice, and central collective agreements. In addition to this, we apply local agreements on conditions, and local policies on rules, procedures, etc., which further reinforce our position. But our work goes much further than this. To ensure our future, it is important to be an attractive employer on every level, for both new and existing employees.

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Health and safety in the workplace

Our systematic occupational health and safety process, with procedures for safety rounds, action ...

A sense of community and job satisfaction make for long-term employees

We strive to promote a sense of community within the company, and during the year have implemente...

Knowledge and skills development

To be able to develop the business in a sustainable way and create efficiency throughout our valu...
The fact that we now need to construct larger changing rooms for women is something we welcome, because it’s an indicator that we have succeeded in recruiting more women for our technical positions.
Niklas Nilsson
Production Manager, Native

Diversity, gender equality, and equal treatment

The fact that everyone is of equal value, and that it’s important to utilize everyone’s skills and commitment are important foundations in our business. This means we all have the same rights, opportunities, and responsibilities within all areas, regardless of gender, age, ethnic or cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation. This naturally also means that all forms of discrimination and harassment are prohibited in the workplace.

KPI overview

Here we provide a summary of the KPIs we follow in our sustainability work, and how close we are to achieving our goals.

Sustainable cultivation

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Our ambition is to be able to contribute to a sustainable development of global spice cultivation. We therefore devote considerable resources to making sustainability risks visible and following them up in our supplier chains.

Khirim Fager

Quality and Sustainability Manager, Culinar Sweden AB

Sustainable cultivation


We purchase raw materials from all over the world, which represents a significant challenge when it comes food safety, cultivation conditions, working conditions, human rights, and environmental impact.