Everything we do at Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter originates in nature. To us, it feels obvious that we should do everything we can to promote environmental well-being.
New control room in Mjällby.
New system for data collection from suppliers.
Maintenance plan for biodiversity in Nöbbelöv.
Reduction in carbon footprint (Scope 1 and 2) from starch production 2017–2021.
Seed harvest of new, more climate-smart potato varieties.
Proportion of sustainable purchasing of turmeric.
Proportion of sustainable purchasing of black pepper.
At Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter, we work with our Lyckeby, Solam, Culinar, and Kockens brands in a global market. We come from nature, with our roots in potato cultivation and many agricultural products as raw materials.
So for us it’s essential to minimize our impact on the Earth’s resources and to always act with great respect for humans, animals, and nature.
Sustainability is a self-evident aspect of our business and our processes. We work with sustainability every day, and it guides our choices both in our current ways of working and when we choose future developments and priorities.
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 Lyckeby Culinar AB (Culinar) and Kockens AB (Kockens). In total, the association employs around 350 people in Sweden. Turnover is approximately 2.5 billion kronor.
We produce starch from potatoes grown by our owners, and transform it to suit our customers’ needs and requirements.
We buy potatoes from our owners and potato growers, processing and utilizing the material 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.
In addition to adding value to the starch, we also make use of side streams, creating sustainable production with high circularity. The potatoes delivered to the starch factory are fractionated into starch, fiber, and protein. The starch and fiber are refined into our main products, but we also make use of the by-products.
This means that our production is a good example of a circular system where the majority of the raw materials are utilized in a resource-efficient way. In our factories we also work continuously to ensure that fractionation, purification, and processing use the least possible input in the form of energy and chemicals.
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.
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.
Lyckeby Culinar AB offers 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 and the catering industry in Sweden under the Kockens brand. The products are dried herbs and spices, potato starch, and gluten-free flour.
Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter has five production units in Sweden, all located close to where our starch raw materials are grown. Click on the map pins to read more!
Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter’s business has a clear place in a sustainable future, but just like every other enterprise we need to constantly develop our way of working to minimize negative impact and maximize business benefit. 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 chains, centering on the processing of cultivated raw materials. By working with these focus areas, we can contribute to a more sustainable world. We present here our focus areas and the Agenda 2030 goals we link to our sustainability process.
Our workplaces should generate value in the form of security, satisfaction, diversity, and equality for everyone working there. The foundation of this approach can be found in Swedish legislation and is reinforced by our corporate culture, which is characterized by commitment, pride, and loyalty.
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 the relevant challenges with knowledge and responsibility.
Naturally, the employees are the motor of our business, and they deserve a workplace that generates value in the form of security, satisfaction, diversity, and equality. To contribute to our sustainable development, they also need the right skills to address future opportunities and customer challenges.
We are a Swedish company and the way we treat our employees is based in Swedish legislation, Swedish practice, and central collective agreements. We are members of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the Swedish Food Federation – an employer organization – and these memberships ensure we remain informed about the Swedish labor market, and that we act in line with industry practice. Beyond this foundation, we have local agreements and policies for terms and conditions, regulations, procedures, etc. We want to be an attractive employer for both new and existing employees.
In 2021, as part of the ongoing Mjällby Plus project – Lyckeby’s largest investment ever – a new control room was constructed at the Mjällby factory, replacing three former control rooms.
Operators for all processes in the factory now work in the same space, which makes collaboration and problem-solving during operation much simpler – and in addition creates a more pleasant working environment.
The control room is now also much quieter, equipment and systems have been updated, and the workstations are more ergonomic.
Here we provide a summary of the KPIs we follow in our sustainability work, and how close we are to achieving our goals.