Finnish co-operative slaughterhouses are in fairly bad shape financially, which leads to the founding of larger, more efficient and more profitable slaughterhouses. The mergers of slaughterhouses start in the late 1960s. The most significant arrangement in the early 1970s is the merger between Lihakunta and Karjapohjola in 1972.
After the merger, Lihakunta’s area of operation covers about 60 per cent of the country. Consequently, Lihakunta gains control of the so-called northern dimension. The co-operative has almost 50,000 members, and more than a million Finns live in this large area.
The merger increases Lihakunta’s market area and production capacity, since Karjapohjola has slaughterhouses in Oulu, Rovaniemi and Ylivieska, as well as meat product and processed food plants in Oulu. Lihakunta purchases approximately 24 million kilograms of meat every year.
In 1975, Lihakunta acquires Rovaniemi-based Pohjolan Liha Oy from the K-Group, after which its area of operation extends from Savonia to Lapland.