Published May 19, 2017

Recycled nutrients and soil improvers for agriculture

Soilfood's solutions help extract more value out of the side streams of industrial and agricultural processes by making recycled nutrients and soil improvers from them. This way, the health of soil is also improved, which makes it more productive for food growing purposes. Soilfood offers a holistic service that encourages customers to adopt new types of fertilisers.

Problem

The planet’s resources of phosphorus used in fertilisers are limited. The production of chemical fertilisers also consumes high amounts of energy. Organic matter in soil is depleting both in Finland and globally, and fields have become less productive. The reduction of organic matter exacerbates climate change. Agriculture suffers from low profitability, which is made worse by the rising prices of products such as fertilisers.

Solution: recycled nutrients and soil improvers for agriculture

Soilfood manufactures recycled fertilisers and soil improvement products from the side streams of industry and agriculture. The company receives by-products from the agricultural, forestry and bioenergy industries and refines them into new products. The end products are supplied to farmers and spread on fields. The spreading process is optimised to the needs of the field. Organic soil improvers can help turn fields into carbon sinks, and the use of soil fibres can help reduce nutrient wash-off by up to 77 per cent.

Revenue logic and benefits to Soilfood

Soilfood’s revenue comes from the acceptance fees paid for industrial by-products as well as products and services sold to farmers. The company offers farmers a holistic long-term service which includes the supply and spreading of nutrients and soil improvers optimised for the customer’s fields. In addition, farmers can buy recycled fertilisers, soil improvers and minerals as individual products.

Benefits to customers

Soilfood’s holistic service offers farmers a convenient way to improve crop yields and the profitability of their farms. The company’s products are cheaper than synthetic fertilisers. They also help reduce the environmental impact of farms. For industrial customers, the holistic service offers a convenient and responsible way to reduce climate impacts.

Facts

Soilfood in a nutshell

Main business: manufacture of fertilisers and nitrogen compounds

Established: 2015

Net sales: €1-50 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2015

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 100%

Employees: 10-250

Headquarters: Lieto

Website: http://www.soilfood.fi

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