History

Background

A sausage making shop “Konsums” was set up in Atlasa Street, Riga, in 1922. The date is also considered as the company’s „Rīgas Miesnieks” year of foundation. A few years later the company was converted into the central union and meet factory and started to export bacon to Sweden.

The joint stock company “Bacon export” incorporating factories in Valmiera, Riga and Liepaja was set up in 1932. The company owned 22 butcher’s shops. Live pig stock, salted bacon and other products were exported to Germany, the USSR, England, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Holland. The USA market, in particular, enjoyed the unique high quality canned ham made out of specially treated, cured and smoked lean meat.

In the course of the war the company manufactured products for military purposes: canned food, semi-dry and cold-smoked sausages with a long shelf life.

The company “Riga meat and cannery” was started up on the basis of the nationalized enterprise in 1944.

In the post-war period the plant produced canned food, meat dumplings, smoked meat products and variety of sausages. The volume of production increased continuously. The range of adjacent products included mugs, ash trays, pencil holders, various mascots and souvenirs.

The construction of the new facility designed according to the highest standards and requirements was decided in 1988.

Today

The company became a joint-stock company „Rīgas Miesnieks” in 1993. Later the Estonian major meat processing company „Rakvere Lihakombinaat” bought a controlling interest in the company. In turn 75% of its shares were acquired by the Finnish group „HK Ruokatalo” in 1998, which is one of the largest meat processing companies in Scandinavia.

During this time the company „Rīgas Miesnieks” became a pioneer in launching marinated and roast production on the market of the Baltic countries, which quickly gained customers’ recognition due to the simple way of cooking. Any products bearing „Rīgas Miesnieks” brand are wrapped by means of protective vacuum packaging, which guarantees extra security. For the first time sliced sausage packs were offered to Latvian buyers.

At the beginning of the century the company already employed 275 employees. Primarily, JSC „Rīgas Miesnieks” targets to offer tasty, quality and safe products to its customers. For this purpose the company’s production process has been arranged according to the world-famous quality system ISO 9001:2000 and Danish food safety requirements for HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) intended for a severe conformity.

A new logistics centre started to operate contributing significantly to the quality of customer service in 2004. The turn of the year was noteworthy with the merger of JSC „Rīgas Miesnieks” and „Tallat” Ltd, thereby offering poultry products to the market.

A new meat dumplings shop based on Italian technology was put into operation after reconstruction in 2006. The most popular brands are “Delicious” and “City”.

The company „Rīgas Miesnieks” bought a controlling ownership in the company “Jelgava meat plant” in 2010. Joint production succeeded in opening of new production and packaging lines as well as construction of a new meat dumplings workshop.

On March 1, 2013 JSC „Rīgas Miesnieks” took over JSC „Jelgava Meat Plant” resulted in a new joint company JSC „Rīgas Miesnieks”. In May 2014 „Rigas Miesnieks“ changed it’s legal name to „HKScan Latvia“ as a part of HKScan Group. Currently, the company is a Latvian meat market leader.

HKScan is the leading Nordic food company. We sell, market and produce high-quality, responsibly-produced pork, beef, poultry and lamb products, processed meats and convenience foods under strong brand names. Our customers are the retail, food service, industrial and export sectors, and our home markets comprise Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltics. We export to close to 50 countries. In 2016, HKScan had net sales of nearly EUR 1.9 billion and some 7 300 employees.

HKScan Group values:

INSPIRE. LEAD. CARE.

HKScan’s mission:

THE NORDIC MEAT EXPERTS

HKScan’s vision

MEAT INDUSTRY SHAPER

HKScan is a responsible food company which creates good through strong brands, tasty products, an efficient and transparent production chain and skilled employees.

 

 

 

 

 

AS "HKScan Latvia"

Office: 7, Atlasa Street, Riga, LV 1026
Telephone: +371 67368643  | Fax: +371 67339180
E-mail:
 miesnieks@hkscan.com

Orders: +371 67369569
Free phone for feedback: 80005100