Polarica has a strong presence in Sweden, Finland, and Poland. Our wild berries are sourced from Sweden, Finland and Poland. Garden berries are procured from all around Europe, particularly Poland and Finland. Mushrooms and fruits are also sourced and processed in Poland. You can find more detailed information about our global sourcing here.
In Sweden, we have business operations located in both Haparanda and Lycksele. Haparanda serves as our corporate headquarters and sales office. Our berry purchasing and production facilities along with a distribution warehouse for frozen products can also be found there. Meanwhile, in Lycksele, we manage and organize berry-picking and purchasing processes.
In Finland, we have offices in Lappeenranta, Sotkamo, and Rovaniemi. Production and sales of drink products for Kaskein Marja are managed in Lappeenranta, whilst organized picking procedures, berry purchasing operations, and frozen product warehousing are handled in Sotkamo and Rovaniemi.
We carry out purchasing, processing, and sales of grown berries, mushrooms, and fruits in Swidwin, Poland. We also import fruits, berries, and mushrooms from other countries, which are then processed, packed, and stored for later sale (see Global Sourcing).
Our operations in Poland represent a significant part of the overall business activities of the Polarica Berry Group.
To provide consumers with a diverse range of products, we have sourcing activities across several countries and continents.
Nordic forest berries are sourced from Sweden and Finland. In addition, we also source certain garden berries from Finland, namely strawberries, raspberries, and currants.
Cultivated berry sourcing operations span across multiple countries, including Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Chile, Ukraine, Canada, and Spain. For our fruit products, we source them from regions such as Central and South America (Peru, Costa Rica, Chile), Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey), and Africa (Egypt). Meanwhile, our mushroom sourcing activities are primarily centered in Poland. Our garden berries (those not sourced from Finland), mushrooms, and fruits are procured and processed in Poland.
All our suppliers must adhere to strict standards of accountability and transparency. For instance, we demand SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) audits from our suppliers in certain countries. We also conduct our own audits on significant material flows within our supply chains in Finland, Sweden, and Poland. You can read more about our audits and certifications here.
Berries from forest to factory and to the customer
Sourcing: Polarica's berry pickers carefully collect high-quality wild berries from the Nordic forests, utilizing specialized training to ensure that only the best products are selected. The collected berries are weighed for the first time already in the camp.
Transportation (Receiving): After collection, the berries are promptly transported to Polarica's processing facility, where they undergo a weighing process to accurately measure their quantity. At this stage, a classification check is also conducted.
Freezing: Upon arrival at the production facility, the wild berries are rapidly frozen using Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) tunnel freezers.
Loading: The berries are then loaded into large containers to prepare them for further processing. Some of the berries are allocated to containers where they await cleaning, while others are directed straight to the cleaning stage.
Cleaning and Sorting: Once inside the processing facility, a thorough cleansing and sorting procedure is carried out to ensure that only the highest quality berries are selected.
At this point, a significant portion of the berries have already reached a stage where further processing is unnecessary.
Processing: Polarica employs a variety of processing methods tailored to the specific type of berry being processed. Methods may include freeze drying, osmotic drying, or converting the berries into juice or concentrate.
Packaging: Finally, the processed berries are carefully packaged in various formats to meet the unique needs of each customer.
Warehousing: Following the packaging stage, the finished products are stored in a warehouse located adjacent to the processing facilities. This allows for efficient inventory management and timely distribution of the products to customers across the globe.
Distribution: The packaged products are then distributed to customers across the world, including retailers, Foodservice and industrial customers.
Quality Control: At various stages of the production process, each batch of products undergoes rigorous quality testing through laboratory analysis to ensure that they meet our high standards for taste, texture, and safety.
Mango from the farm to the factory and to the customer
Sourcing: To provide customers with a diverse range of high-quality products, our company sources mangos from various countries and continents, including Peru, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Processing: Following this, the mangos undergo a series of preparation steps, including washing, peeling, dicing, and IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) freezing, which is carried out in the country of origin. The IQF flow freezers ensure that each fruit piece is frozen individually, preventing the formation of clumps.
It is worth noting that mangos are harvested at precisely the optimal stage of the ripening process and must therefore be frozen immediately to maintain this level of ripeness. Doing so guarantees that they are presented to consumers at the highest possible quality. This commitment to maintaining consistent product quality is a key factor in our operations.
Transportation: The cultivated mangos are transported to our production facility in Poland while still frozen, to preserve their freshness and quality during transit. At this stage of the process, the products undergo inspection procedures to ensure compliance with our quality standards.
Packaging: After processing, the mango products are carefully packed into suitable boxes and bags according to the needs of our diverse customers.
Warehousing: After packaging and quality control, the finished products are stored in a warehouse awaiting distribution.
Distribution: The mango products are then distributed to customers across the world, including retailers and Foodservice.
Quality Control: At various stages of the production process, each batch of mango products undergoes rigorous quality testing through laboratory analysis to ensure that they meet our high standards for taste, texture, and safety.
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