Finland-based dairy products manufacturer Valio has commenced the construction of a new snacks plant in Riihimäki, Finland, which is expected to create dozens of new jobs in production and warehousing operations.

The total investment for the new snacks plant, which is located near the company’s Valio Herajoki plant, is around €170m, while the value of the investment in the building is about €75m.

As part of the first phase, the company will build a plant with a floor area of about 18,000ft² on a plot of land purchased in 2013.

The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will enable the environmentally sound, efficient and flexible production of snacks, the company said.

The company’s present dairy in Riihimäki, which is 45 years old, will continue liquid milk production after the new plant has been completed.

"The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016."

Meanwhile, Valio’s board of directors has decided to invest around €2.5m to increase cottage cheese capacity at the company’s Seinäjoki plant.

In recent years, sales of the company’s products, especially milks and yoghurts manufactured in Finland, have increased significantly in Russia and Sweden.

The demand is expected to continue its growth for value added products, such as Eila items, yoghurts and high protein products.

Over recent years, Valio has expanded production capacity for special milks in the Jyväskylä and Tampere dairies in Finland.

In February 2014, the company decided to invest €40m to increase the production capacity of all fresh dairy product groups at the Oulu dairy.