Healthy and sustainable food company Wessanen has released its latest Sustainability Report, outlining the company’s approach to making a positive environmental and social impact.
The European firm, which in the UK owns brands Clipper Teas, Kallo, Mrs Crimble’s and Whole Earth, believes in producing great tasting, healthy food that is better for people and better for the planet.
Wessanen’s 2016 Sustainability Report addresses a number of key areas, including:
Organic: Part of Wessanen’s DNA, 74% of the product portfolio is currently certified as organic. The company works alongside a number of organic organisations to remain a strong and committed player within the organic market.
Food waste: Wessanen tracks physical waste as a ratio of total volumes sold. The aim is to reduce this ratio by 30% between 2016 and 2020, with the implementation of a robust sales and operational planning (S&OP) system set to be a key enable of this ambition.
Carbon emissions and climate change: Wessanen addresses this through a mainly vegetarian and organic portfolio. The company has also moved electricity consumption to a renewable source and constantly works on optimising goods transportation, reducing waste in the food chain and compensating for its impacts.
Regulatory compliance and labelling: Wessanen is committed to providing clear, transparent and responsible information on product labelling. This is also a key requirement for Wessanen’s suppliers, and in raw material and packaging specifications.
Christophe Barnouin, CEO at Wessanen, comments:
“A food revolution is underway and we are playing a leading role in it. A growing number of consumers around Europe are today trying to find better and more sustainable ways to eat and drink. We see this reflected in a continued strong growth in the market for organic and sustainable food.”
Ann Chambers, HR Director at Wessanen UK, adds:
“In line with our mission Healthier Food, Healthier People Healthier Planet, we continue to strive to create positive outcomes for people’s health and the sustainability of our planet, as well as for our business and stakeholders. All of our goals begin with our people, who care passionately about healthy and sustainable food. These individuals are behind the growth of our brands, many of which are successful category leaders in their respective markets.”
In 2016, Wessanen’s European brands grew by 8.5% autonomously with many performing at double digit growth levels.