Sustainable sourcing of our raw ingredients
The main raw ingredients used by the Uelzena Group are milk and cream, most of which are produced within a radius of 150 kilometres from our sites. Schoppe Instant Beverages also sources non-local raw ingredients for their instant beverages, such as cocoa and instant coffee, from so-called risk countries. Our aim is to commit suppliers and manufacturers in those countries to a common standard that applies to the entire supply chain.
In the past year, about 60 percent of suppliers from these regions fulfilled the requirements of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and were also audited for further standards such as SEDEX, BSCI, TSF, SA800 or Fairtrade. However, there is limited scope for further improvement as several of our customers maintain solid partnerships with suppliers, in turn making these binding for us.
Certificates and quality seals for your instant beverages
For many years, Schoppe Instant Beverages has offered a wide variety of food quality seals. We would be very happy to advise you on selecting the right quality seal and on producing products of the desired grade for you. You can choose from the following quality seals:
- The EU organic seal guarantees that at least 95 % of the raw ingredients in the instant beverage come from organic farming. No synthetic pesticides or readily soluble mineral fertilisers are used either.
- The Rainforest Alliance seal (previously the UTZ seal) is primarily relevant to our beverage powders that contain coffee, cocoa and tea, which include raw ingredients from subtropical and tropical countries. It declares a commitment to sustainable farming and ensures safe and fair working conditions in the countries of origin.
- The Fairtrade seal requires economic, social and ecological criteria are met, primarily by specifying conditions for farming, ensuring minimum prices are paid and social projects are supported.
- The Uelzena Group is also a member of SEDEX, a data platform where companies share information on the results of SMETA audits. SMETA is an ethics-based audit format that provides information on the four areas defined by SEDEX: Work, health and safety, environment and business ethics. The Uelzena Group has also been audited for a number of years and can therefore present its customers a SMETA 4 certificate confirming compliance with ethical, labour, and environmental standards.
There is a duty of documentation for all labels in order to provide greater transparency in the value-added chain and higher production standards.