We advised Valio in the purchase of all the shares of Heinon Tukku Oy from Tukkuheino Oy and other shareholders. The acquisition is part of Valio’s aim to be a more comprehensive partner to restaurant and coffee shop professionals. In the future, Valio will be a single-source supplier of everything a professional kitchen needs, providing not only an extensive selection of raw materials, but also support in product development and in creating meal and snack concepts.

‘Acquiring Heinon Tukku is a natural step that aligns with our strategy.  Our goal is to be a front runner in food sector solutions, and Heinon Tukku’s know-how and broad product portfolio will bring a significant addition to this. We also share a similar set of values. Heinon Tukku is a traditional family-owned company, and Valio’s owners, in turn, are Finnish dairy farmers’, says Tuomas Sorri, who is the head of the new business unit created by the acquisition.

Valio is a Finnish dairy and food group founded in 1905 and is owned by Finnish regional dairy co-operatives. Valio has subsidiaries in Russia, Sweden, the Baltics, the USA and China. It had net sales of EUR 1,787 million in 2019 and employs over 4,000 professionals.

Heinon Tukku Oy has been in business for over 120 years and is today one of Finland’s largest wholesalers serving professional kitchens. Heinon Tukku’s turnover in 2020 was about EUR 170 million. About 340 employees will transfer to Valio through the acquisition.

The transaction was approved by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority in June 2021.