Ruokatieto Yhdistys (Finfood – Finnish Food Information)

Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry (in English, Finfood – Finnish Food Information) is a Finnish non-governmental, non-profit inter-trade association that promotes food production and food culture in Finland. The main objective of the association is to raise the awareness of Finnish consumers of all ages towards food and promote the aspects of the food sector: food value chains and the impact of the food industry to employment and economy.

Ruokatieto administers the Hyvää Suomesta -label (Produce of Finland) which is a voluntary designation of origin for Finnish packaged food products. The label is used by food industry companies operating in Finland that manufacture their products using Finnish ingredients.

In 2023, Ruokatieto Yhdistys has 350 members. The membership base comprises the whole value chain representing the Finnish food chain in industry, trade and agriculture all companies that use the Hyvää Suomesta – Produce of Finland label, and other communities.

As the center for Finnish Food Information, the association implements several forums:

Hyvää Suomesta/Produce of Finland: Label for designation of origin for Finnish packaged foods, the label is owned and administered by Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry. The label Hyvää Suomesta (Produce of Finland), has been implemented since 1993, the use of label is voluntary and may be used by food companies that manufacture their products in Finland using Finnish ingredients. The label is currently used by approximately 350 food producers and on 12 000 different products. -website:  The website reveals the journey taken by food produce from field to table, introduces the richness of Finnish food culture, and offers food education materials to educators on all levels.

Food education: Popular study materials are produced for teachers and pupils to be used in schools, as well as for consumers with an interest in food. Study materials are available for all levels of education ranging from preschool to university.

Forkful of Facts – Food Industry Statistics: Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry publishes annually a brochure of food industry statistics, named Forkful of Facts (available on website for download in Finnish, Swedish and English). It contains a wide variety of figures concerning Finnish agriculture covering the entire food chain from field to fork.

More information about The Hyvää Suomesta -label

The Hyvää Suomesta (Produce of Finland) label is a voluntary designation of origin for Finnish packaged food products. The label is used by food industry companies operating in Finland that manufacture their products using Finnish ingredients. The Hyvää Suomesta – Produce of Finland label is owned by Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry (Finfood – Finnish Food Information association).

The Produce of Finland activities increase appreciation and demand for Finnish food. Our tasks include
• maintaining awareness of the Produce of Finland label through our communications and by encouraging our members to use the label actively and communicate about it
• maintaining appreciation of the Produce of Finland label by managing its use and supervision

Criteria for use of the label

The Produce of Finland label may be printed on a food product package or label as a designation of origin provided any meat, fish, eggs and milk in the product is 100% Finnish and 75% of all the ingredients are Finnish. Products made up of a single ingredient must be 100% Finnish. In addition, the end product for sale must be manufactured and packaged in Finland.

The Produce of  Finland label is always printed either on the product package or package label. Ruokatieto Yhdistys / Finfood – Finnish Food Information association grants the producer or manufacturer the right to use the label only on food products that meet the criteria. The products are registered and the company audited on a regular basis.

The label is a designation of origin, highly appreciated in Finland

The Produce of Finland – Hyvää Suomesta activities are the unique outcome of cooperation within the Finnish food industry.  The whole food production chain is involved: farmers, the industry, food industry employees, retailers and consumers.

The label is currently used by 350 food producers on over 12 000 products. Product categories vary from sausages to liqueur and everything in between.

The label is recognised by more than 90% of Finns, and foods that carry the label are considered safe and of high quality. For many years now, the Hyvää Suomesta label has been one of the most highly appreciated brands in Finland.

The label was designed by Professor Kyösti Varis. It depicts the Finnish national bird, the whooper swan, together with the Finnish flag. The label was first published in December 1993. In 2012, a new communication concept “Ruokaa omasta maasta” (Food from our own country) was added as text in the shape of a flag surrounding the original Hyvää Suomesta label.

The association rules state that the organisation shall not engage in any activity which generates a profit or other direct economic benefit for its members,1 nor shall its activity become principally economic. The executive committee of the association consists of fifteen board members representing widely Finnish food industry, retailers and agriculture. The chairman of the committee is elected among the representatives of farmers, food industry and trade, and the Managing Director is elected by the board. The current Managing Director is Anni-Mari Syväniemi.

Further information:
Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry (Finfood, Finnish Food Information)
tel. +358 40 710 4170,
We serve you in Finnish, English and Swedish

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