4.4.2022 Press release
In 2021, Paulig made significant progress with its ambitious sustainability targets. A nutrition framework was established to evaluate over 3,500 Paulig products, and to guide focus areas for product development towards an even healthier portfolio. Paulig also formed a sustainable farming partnership with Lantmännen and launched a food waste calculator for Finnish households. Four more of Paulig’s sites were certified CarbonNeutral®, following an additional site in early 2022.
Paulig Annual report 2022 EN

Paulig has published its Annual Report along with its Sustainability Report for 2021.  

2021 was the best year in Paulig’s history to date. The company’s operating profits continued to grow, and revenue increased by 5.1 per cent, with a positive impact from sales growth in all main categories: coffee, Tex Mex, and spices. This means that Paulig is well-equipped to continue to accelerate sales and international growth. Read more about it in our result bulletin. Sustainability is an integral part of Paulig’s growth strategy, with the aim of becoming a sustainable frontrunner in the industry. 

“This being the second year of implementing our sustainability approach, it’s clear that our sustainability initiatives both create the momentum for novel solutions, and push and enable growth in our business. The newly established nutrition framework is one example. It guides our development work towards healthier products and services to our consumers. We will now continue to focus on efforts that have the greatest positive impact on people and on the planet”, says Lea Rankinen, Director Sustainability & Public Affairs at Paulig.  

There are three focus areas with related ambitions for the sustainability approach leading up to 2030:

  1. 70% of Paulig’s net sales will come from products and services that enable health and wellbeing of people and the planet. 
  2. The company will reduce GHG emissions in its own operations by 80% and in its value chain by 50%, compared to the 2018 baseline. All the company’s packaging will be recyclable and will be made from renewable or recycled materials. 
  3. 100% of raw materials from high-risk areas will come from sustainable sources which have been verified by external parties.

A nutrition framework to enable health of people

As part of the ambition for 70% of Paulig’s sales to come from products and services that enable health and wellbeing of people and the planet, in 2021, Paulig has created a nutrition framework. The framework defines a product that “enables health” and has paved the way for evaluating over 3,500 products from Paulig’s portfolio and outlining focus areas for the future. The share of Paulig’s sales from products enabling health for people was 49% in 2020, which is the company’s baseline calculation of the food and mixed drinks portfolio.

The framework is based on the Nutri-Score front-of-pack nutrition label developed by independent researchers, and used most widely in the EU. In Paulig´s nutrition framework, the Nutri-score criteria are developed to align even better with dietary guidelines and account for all type of foods that may contribute to development of healthier products. The framework will now be incorporated in the company’s product development and innovation processes, guiding the work onwards, while keeping an eye on related EU regulation.

6 out of 11 factories are now carbon neutral 

Paulig achieved four more CarbonNeutral® building certifications in 2021, after an additional one in early 2022, so now six of our eleven production sites comply. The company’s short-term goal is to make all factories carbon neutral by the end of 2023. By 2030, all the company’s packaging will also be recyclable and made from renewable or recycled materials. Paulig’s initial focus is for all packaging to be recyclable by 2025. Currently 85% of Paulig’s consumer packaging is recyclable. 

In October, Paulig also announced a new sustainable farming partnership with Lantmännen, a northern European agricultural cooperative. The wheat flour supplied to Paulig will cover the annual baking of 400 million Santa Maria tortillas, and will contain up to 30% less GHG emissions per unit of volume.  

These initiatives support the company’s ambition to reduce GHG emissions in its own operations by 80%, and in its value chain by 50% compared to the 2018 baseline.

56,000 Finnish households have used the food waste calculator 

Food loss and waste is generated at all stages of the food value chain, and the household’ share of the food waste is significant – at least one third, research shows. In 2021, Paulig invited Finnish households to join its efforts to cut food loss and waste. A food waste calculator was launched by Paulig and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and so far, over 56,000 people have calculated their waste levels. Paulig’s aim is to cut the food loss and waste in its value chain by 50% by 2030. 

In 2021, Paulig and the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science at the University at Helsinki also launched a unique baseline study to research food loss in Paulig’s raw material supply chain. The aim was to ascertain the current state of food loss upstream and to find new ways of reducing food loss.

Paulig’s Annual Report, along with its Sustainability Report, is published today on April 4th, 2022. The annual report has been published in three languages, English, Finnish and Swedish.



For further information, please contact: 

Anu-Maaria Vaalama 
Director, Corporate Communications and Brand  
+358 40 766 78 34 


About Paulig:  

Paulig is a family-owned food and beverage company, growing a new, sustainable food culture – one that is good for both people and the planet. Paulig provides all things tasty; coffees and beverages, Tex Mex and spices, snacks and plant-based choices. The company's brands are Paulig, Santa Maria, Risenta, Gold&Green, Poco Loco and Liven. Paulig’s sales amounted to EUR 966 million in 2021. The company has 2,400 passionate employees in 14 different countries working around the purpose For a life full of flavour. 


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