New CEO appointed to Baltic fish farmer

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Mikko Laavainen will be the new CEO of Heimon Kala Oy.

In a press release, Heimon Kala Oy, which farms rainbow trout at sites in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, writes that it has appointed Mikko Laavainen as its new CEO.

Heimon Kala Oy is a subsidiary of Estonian company PRFoods, the group which owns the British salmon smokers Coln Valley Smokery and John Ross Jr.

Heimon Kala Oy was founded in Hämeenlinna in 1980, and since then the company has grown into one of the largest rainbow trout farmers and fish wholesalers in Finland. The company’s turnover in the previous financial year was EUR 47.2 million.

Laavainen has worked in food and has had stints at Benecol, Iittala and Unilever and was appointed to “manage the marketing of fish of Finnish origin to the whole world.”

“There is also great international potential in the marketing of rainbow trout farmed by Heimon Kala Oy, which is already for example being exported to Japan for use in sushi,” said Laavainen.