Atria’s history is intertwined with the history of Finnish farmers and cattle farm owners. Or, to be more precise, with the history of farmers in the regions of Savonia and South Ostrobothnia. They set up the co-operative livestock sales and slaughterhouse companies that, after a series of developments, were merged to create a meat industry company called Atria in 1994. More than 90 years had passed since the founding of Atria’s first shareholding co-operative in 1903.
If the story behind Atria in Finland is long, the same applies to the other Nordic countries. In Sweden, Atria’s roots go back to 1907, when Oskar Lithell started a little meat shop in Örebro. It grew into Sweden’s largest private meat company, Lithells, with brands such as Sibylla. Atria acquired Lithells in 1997 – two years after Finland’s accession to the EU and opening up to international trade.
In the 2000s, Atria began a new chapter in its story: growing into a leading food company in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Estonia. Although the stories are different in each of these countries, the theme is the same: Good food – better mood.