Spreading of the new coronavirus
Lantmännen is closely monitoring developments and adapting its operations in line with official recommendations. Information and advice on limiting the spread of infection can be found here.
The world finds itself in an extraordinary situation right now. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the new coronavirus (that leads to the illness covid-19) as a pandemic. Governments in several countries have implemented measures to control and slow the spread of the virus – such as closing schools and workplaces, limiting gatherings of people and closing country borders. The measures vary in the countries where we have a presence and can be changed quickly as we learn more about the virus.
On account of the increasing spread of the new coronavirus, Lantmännen has developed wide-ranging restrictions for the entire group to protect our employees and our businesses. These restrictions apply to travel, meetings, external contacts and visits to our sites. The restrictions aim to protect the health and safety of our members and employees, to avoid exposing Lantmännen businesses to unnecessary risks and to do all we can to prevent the further spread of infection.
All employees at Lantmännen are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid becoming infected or unintentionally spreading the virus to colleagues. We are taking specific safety measures at our production sites and for the personnel who work there. In addition, we are continuously monitoring developments and updating instructions to our employees as and when necessary.
Planning and crisis management groups have been established at all levels in the company. We are monitoring the situation in all our geographic areas on a continuous basis and will take additional precautionary measures if and when the need arises.
“At Lantmännen we have responsible, committed and skilled employees and I am convinced that we will manage this situation in the best possible way. It is vital that we all support and help each other and try to find solutions to enable our everyday lives and work tasks to continue to flow smoothly despite this challenging situation.”
Lantmännen’s Association Annual Meeting and Annual District Meetings
Due to the risk of the infection spreading and as a consequence of tightening official recommendations, Lantmännen has decided to conduct its Association Annual Meeting remotely. The meeting will be conducted online on May 7th in a smaller format. As in previous years, it is possible for all members and interested persons to follow the meeting via a web link.
This year’s district meetings take place via conference calls as from March 16th onwards. For more information and log in details go to the member pages.
Nothing to suggest the infection is spread via food
Food has not been identified as a probable source of transmission of the disease. The coronavirus is spread via close person to person contact and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. According to the Swedish National Food Administration, there is nothing to suggest that the virus can be spread by eating or drinking. Knowledge from previous outbreaks with similarity to coronavirus would indicate that this type of virus is transmitted by infected persons and not via food or food packaging. Read more at the Swedish National Food Administration website or at the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) website.
Since mid-March, we have seen a sharp increase in the demand for certain of our food products in the food retailing sector. We are following developments closely and maintaining a regular dialogue with our customers. At present, we are not facing a shortage of any commodities or products on account of the virus spreading, and our production runs on full capacity in order to supply goods to our customers.
Wherever possible, we are taking preventative measures to reduce the risk of interruptions to operations. We work continuously according to established procedures and processes to assure continued production and deliveries and we are working round the clock to monitor the situation and goods supply.
“In addition to our top priority – the protection of our employees – it is also very important that we protect our businesses and production processes. As a global and responsible food manufacturer, we have a social responsibility, and we are maintaining close contact with public authorities and food associations in many countries.”