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Rajamäki high quality groundwater is key ingredient for Altia's beverages

Rajamäki water is so clean that it is not necessary to use any type of chemical or physical cleansing procedure with the water used in the production of alcoholic beverages.

Clean groundwater is highly valuable to Altia as a central
ingredient for producing alcoholic beverages. At the Rajamäki factory,
Altia has access to remarkably extensive and naturally high-quality
water resources. The groundwater percolating through the extension of
the Salpausselkä esker is suited for use in alcoholic beverages as it
is, unprocessed.

In the late 1800s, Rajamäki was selected
as the location of the factory for two reasons: it was situated along
the Hanko-Hyvinkää track and had a groundwater source producing a great
deal of high-quality water. The soil is Salpausselkä esker moraine,
through which the clean groundwater percolates. The water reserves in
the Rajamäki ground are substantial – the Rajamäki groundwater area is
estimated to form about 8,000 m3 of groundwater in a day.

In
the early stages, all the water required by the factory was taken from
an open spring next to the factory. Today, the water used at Altia’s
Rajamäki factory is groundwater pumped from underground groundwater
reserves through a groundwater intake plants. Altia owns six groundwater
intake plants.

Water not processed in any way

Rajamäki
water is so clean that it is not necessary to use any type of chemical
or physical cleansing procedure with the water used in the production of
alcoholic beverages. The water is of high quality and meets all
standards as it is.To monitor the quality of the water, a monitoring
programme was created; samples of water are taken in the water intake
plants four times a year and in the water usage points every month.

Altia
can also identify its water. If there is a reason to suspect
counterfeit, Altia is able to identify in its laboratory whether any
“foreign” water was possibly used as raw material of the alcoholic
beverage.  The composition of the water and the ratios of the substances
in it stay almost constant, and each groundwater area and other raw
water sources have their own characteristics from which the water can be
identified.

Altia protected mires as private conservation areas

Altia
owns about 1,100 hectares of land around the Rajamäki factory. Through
land ownership, the company is able to monitor construction and other
operations in the area and, thus, protect the groundwater in the
groundwater areas of its pumping stations.

To protect groundwater,
Altia has also established private conservation areas in its wetlands.
Situated near the Rajamäki factory water intake plants, Kurkisuo mire,
of which Altia owns 144.1 hectares, is currently a private conservation
area of the company. Kurkisuo is a significant environment for
endangered species of plants and types of wetlands. It is one of the
raised bogs of coastal Finland and one of the ten nationally important
mires in Finland.  Altia also owns a private 7.5-hectare Kaunissyrjä
mire conservation area in Hyvinkää’s Petkelsuo as a part of a national
mire conservation programme.

More information and contact:
Group Communications
Niina Ala-Luopa
Communications Manager
niina.ala-luopa [at] altiagroup.com
Group Communications
Petra Gräsbeck
Director, Corporate Relations and Communications
petra.grasbeck [at] altiagroup.com