EAT Partner presentation: Lantmännen, Sweden

Published December 9, 2016

Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainable Development, Lantmännen

Lantmännen is an agricultural cooperative and Northern Europe’s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products. It is owned by 27,000 Swedish farmers, has 10,000 employees, operations in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of SEK 37 billion. With grain as the basis, Lantmännen process arable land resources to make farming thrive.

Some of the best-known food brands are AXA, Kungsörnen, GoGreen, Schulstad, Gooh, Finn Crisp and Bonjour

Lantmännen’s knowledge about grains and farming gives unique possibilities to contribute to a more sustainable production, while also creating profitable added value for health and the environment. Innovation and business development efforts have resulted in several products and services that contribute to a more sustainable energy and food supply, i.e. wheat with lower climate impact and seed treatment without chemicals.

Lantmännen’s new cultivation method with lower climate impact Lantmännen’s new grain concept reduces the carbon footprint by approximately 20% compared with average production. The criteria cover the entire chain from cultivation and transport to own processing. In example, since autumn of 2015 all wheat from Kungsörnen is produced using Lantmännen’s new sustainable cultivation concept, resulting in an approximately 20% improved climate performance. Examples of criteria for the new sustainable grain concept are fertilizer with low carbon footprint, N-nensor for optimized nitrogen fertilization, eco-driving and energy audits at the farm, lark* squares 16-20 m2/ha and origin-labelled renewable electricity.

Lantmännen’s new cultivation method with lower climate impact

Lantmännen’s new grain concept reduces the carbon footprint by approximately 20% compared with average production. The criteria cover the entire chain from cultivation and transport to own processing. In example, since autumn of 2015 all wheat from Kungsörnen is produced using Lantmännen’s new sustainable cultivation concept, resulting in an approximately 20% improved climate performance. Examples of criteria for the new sustainable grain concept are fertilizer with low carbon footprint, N-nensor for optimized nitrogen fertilization, eco-driving and energy audits at the farm, lark* squares 16-20 m2/ha and origin-labelled renewable electricity.

* Skylark numbers have fallen by 75 percent during the last 35 years in Sweden. An effective way of changing the situation has been to provide lark squares – unsown patches where skylarks can find food.

Seed treatment without chemicals

Lantmännen has developed sustainable seed treatment methods, and offers farmers an opportunity to buy seeds that have not been chemically treated. In this way the use of chemicals in farming can be reduced.

Lantmännen’s biological and thermal methods:

  • Thermal crop protection, ThermoSeed, is a method where warm and moist air is used in seed treatment instead of chemicals.
  • Biologic crop protection: Lantmännen has two methods, Cedomon and Cerall, which use micro-organisms as a basis for fighting seed-borne diseases. These products have also been certified for use in organic farming by the EU and KRAV.


Product innovation: Pasta made by Swedish beans from Öland

Lantmännen annually invests 300 MSEK on research and development. One important part of taking responsibility from field to fork is the research on food for better health, and today there is a demand for food with high protein levels. During 2016 Lantmännen and Kungsörnen have introduced a new pasta where 30 percent is made of beans cultured on the sunny Swedish island Öland. The beans add protein and twice as much fibers as traditional pasta.