November 12, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Hearty food, animation, healthcare, acquisition, funding and green packaging

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Finnish innovative meat alternative Pulled Oats has landed in pastries and in the US.
Gold and Green Foods

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gold&Green Foods, Ferly, Buddy Healthcare, Elisa, Linear and Fazer make headlines.

Ferly’s Momolu and Friends gets commissioned, Buddy Healthcare tracks COVID-19 symptoms for a Finnish hospital, Elisa makes an acquisition, Linear raises seed funding, Gold&Green Foods’ Pulled Oats expands reach, and Fazer puts Moomin chocolate in green packaging.

Animated series Momolu gets green light globally

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Finnish animation continues to build on a successful autumn as preschool series Momolu and Friends is commissioned by Finland’s public broadcaster, Yle, and Canadian broadcasters TVO Kids, Knowledge and SRC. Co-produced by Finnish studio Ferly, the 2D animated series is based on the original works of Finnish design specialist and arts educator Leena Fredriksson and set for its global release in 2022. Aimed at 2–4-year-olds, the series teaches young children useful skills such as problem solving and collaboration. The news follows on the heels of Gutsy’s Moominvalley season-three announcement and the commissioning of Gigglebug’s The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti.

Ferly

BuddyCare app helps hospital track coronavirus symptoms

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The Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital in Finland has started using Finnish startup Buddy Healthcare’s mobile application for symptom tracking and remote monitoring of coronavirus-infected patients. The app automates the symptom tracking process and enables secure two-way communication between patients and healthcare professionals. Starting in November, the hospital’s infectious disease unit has instructed patients infected with the virus to download the BuddyCare app, which asks patients to submit daily symptom updates for two weeks and alerts hospital staff if a pre-set threshold is exceeded.

Buddy Healthcare

Elisa acquires majority stake in CalcuQuote

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Finnish telecommunications company Elisa has acquired a majority stake in CalcuQuote, a US-based supply chain software provider for the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry. The deal will accelerate Elisa’s growth in EMS industrial software, as well as build on CalcuQuote’s product portfolio and market position globally. CalcuQuote will continue operating independently as a subsidiary, supported by Elisa’s resources, expansion capabilities and in-house machine-learning expertise.

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Linear raises EUR 1 million

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Finnish property technology company Linear has raised one million euros in seed funding. The round was led by Innovestor Ventures, with participation from institutional and private investors including previous backer Superhero Capital. Linear is digitalising the real estate market and last year launched its Dixu platform, which has over 600 registered realtors in Finland. The startup offers realtors digital sales and marketing tools while also catering to the emerging trend of agent-less real estate sales between the home owner and buyer.

Linear

Ginsters launches vegan empanada with Pulled Oats

Empanadas on a tray

UK-based pastry brand Ginsters has launched a vegan empanada with Pulled Oats, a meat alternative from Finnish company Gold&Green Foods. The Ginsters Vegan Mexican Chilli Empanada combines piquanté pepper and ancho chillies in a smoky Mexican-style sauce with marinated Pulled Oats, made from a high-protein mix of oats, peas and faba beans. Pulled Oats has been voted food of the year in Finland and expanded throughout Europe. It recently also entered the US market.

Ginsters

Fazer packing Moomin chocolate in wood-based material

A bag of chocolate drops

Finnish food industry giant Fazer’s Moomin chocolate drops have become the first foodstuff to be wrapped in Paptic Gavia, a wood-based material made predominantly of raw materials from certified forests and other renewable sources. The chocolate drops hit shelves last month through Fazer and Finnish retail chain K Group. Check out our article for more info by clicking the headline.

Tomi Johansson / Fazer

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