Goodio chocolate's named after nature
 Goodio’s chocolate lands in more US stores. Image: Goodio

The daily brief: 19 September 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Goodio, Fortum, MacGregor and New Nordic School make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Fortum and a research partner from India are innovating with rice straw, New Nordic School is bringing its education system to 20 schools, Goodio’s chocolate will hit the shelves of Barnes & Noble across the US, and MacGregor has bagged orders worth over 20 million euros. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Fortum signs MOU to develop fibre from rice straw

Fortum has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of India’s leading universities to research the use of paddy and paddy straw to produce textile fibre and other valuable chemicals and materials for a range of industries. The research collaboration with the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University sets out convert the agricultural waste into valuable products and reduce pollution from burning of the agrobiomass. The aim is to eventually establish a biorefinery that uses paddy straw as raw material. Image: Pexels

New Nordic School education lands in 20 schools

Finnish education company New Nordic School has signed 20 new agreements with schools in India, Singapore, Portugal and Finland to implement its turnkey educational system for early education through to grade 12. The pedagogical model helps schools to move away from test-driven education towards a system that prepares children for modern complexities that require soft skills, such as collaborative problem-solving and excellent communications skills. New Nordic School’s concept is rooted in the Finnish national core curriculum but also borrows from best pedagogical practices from around the world. Image: New Nordic School

Goodio expands chocolate brand in the US

Goodio chocolates piled on top of each other

Finnish chocolate company Goodio has signed an agreement with bookseller Barnes & Noble to begin sales of its chocolate products in over 600 Barnes & Noble shops across the US. Goodio is experiencing rapid growth in the US, where it founded a subsidiary in 2018 and was recently picked up also by supermarket giant Whole Foods Market. Image: Facebook/Goodio

MacGregor wins orders worth over EUR 20 million

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders worth more than 20 million euros from a naval project in Europe and a roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) project in Asia. The Finnish company will start delivering the equipment, which include ramps, car deck and lifting platform equipment, in the third quarter of 2020. Image: Screenshot/MacGregor

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