Ministry of Rural Affairs
Open Food Industries Week was launches
Today, on 21 May, the Open Food Industries Week was formally launched at the ice cream manufacturer Balbiino, where the food industry leaders and supervisory specialists held a discussion on the topic “Industrial food manufacturing – myths and reality”.
The Open Food Industries Week was opened by the Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm, who showed hope in his speech that the discussion could debunk many of the untrue myths associated with food and nutrition. “The Estonian people can rest assured that all of the foods manufactured in our industry are safe for the health and of high quality. I must thank all of the participating companies for finding time next to your daily work and introducing your work to the consumers,” said Mr. Tamm, the Minister of Rural Affairs.
Roomet Sõrmus, the chairman of the Estonian Camber of Agriculture and Commerce, added that the manufacturing of food is not a field of activity like any other, and that the operation of the food industries could be of interest to many people. “The consumers are becoming increasingly demanding, but unfortunately this demanding stance also leaves room for the development of myths and misbeliefs. Therefore, the Open Food Industries Week provides an opportunity to better understand why one or another action is necessary during the manufacturing of food,” said Sõrmus at the opening of the Open Food Industries Week.
According to the director of the Estonian Food industry Association, Sirje Potisepp, the domestic food industries are working hard on a daily basis to ensure the authenticity and quality of the Estonian food: “Our production is at the European level, and the products themselves are made under strictly controlled conditions. I invite the public to visit industries during the Open Food Industries Week, so that everybody could personally take a look at the high level of the domestic industrial food manufacturing.”
At the opening event, the composition, supervision and control of food, the quality of the raw ingredients as well as the hygiene in food manufacturing was discussed. The discussion panel included Anne Mere, the director of HKScan Estonia, Katre Kõvask, the director of the Tere and Farmi Milk Industry, Haidi Kanamäe, the manager of the field of nutrition and movement of the National Institute for Health Development, Heneli Lamp, the manager of the food department of the Veterinary and Food Board, and Tiiu Rand, the head specialist of the food department of the Veterinary and Food Board, as well as Martin Minjajev, the manager of the food safety department of the Ministry of Rural Affairs. The discussion was moderated by Sirje Potisepp, the director of the Estonian Food Industry Association.
Until 27 May, visitors shall be hosted by 28 food industries in Estonia at larger and smaller locations. The doors of the following companies shall be open to the public: A. Le Coq, Andre Cheese Farm, Balbiino, Balsnack INH, Breti (Luke dairy plant), Chocolala, Ecofarm, Esko Farm, Jaanihanso, Kalev, Leibur, Lõuna Pagarid, Minna Sahver, Moe Peenviinavabrik, Nopri Talumeierei, OG Elektra (bakery and sausage factory), Pajumäe Farm, Põltsamaa Felix, Rakvere Lihatööstus, Saaremaa Piimatööstus, Saku Õlletehas, Salvest, Santa Maria, Saue Production, Scanola (Olivia), Tallegg, Tamme Aiandustalu and UVIC. When discussing counties, the following counties are represented: Harju County, Tartu County, Pärnu County, Põlva County, Rapla County, Võru County, Lääne-Viru County, Viljandi County and Saare County.
There is a limited number of places available for the visitations to the food industries, which is why you must previously register at http://eestitoit.ee/et/content/avatud-toidutoostuste-nadal-2018 to take part in the excursions.
The Open Food Industries week is headed by the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the Estonian Food Industry Association and the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce.
The Open Food Industries Week is a part of the sales promotion plan “Estonian Food 2015–2020”, which includes the Estonian Food month, the Estonian Food Road, selection of the annual food region, the Open Food Industries Week and the Open Farm Days. The Open Food Industries Week is funded from the Estonian Rural Development Plan 2014–2020.
The Open Food Industries Week is a gift for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. In 2018, 100 years passes from the founding of the Republic of Estonia. Information regarding the anniversary events is available at www.EV100.ee.
Photos Kertu Kärk