Hand in hand with farmers for sustainable milk production
Keen to support sustainable milk production, to that end Savencia has since 2011 applied a deliberate policy accompanied by a dedicated approach. Our geographical proximity to our milk producers (97% of the milk collected in France is sourced within 70km of our cheese plants and 70% within 30km) allows us to provide them personalized support designed to help them reduce their environmental footprint whilst improving their profitability. We thus offer them a complete farm diagnosis performed by independent experts on the basis of ten main indicators and accompanied by proposals for corrective action. The conclusions of the survey help producers define their priorities and choose the initiatives they wish to implement based on their specific needs.
Valrhona, ever on the front line alongside its cocoa producers
Within its Live Long approach, Valrhona strives to preserve aromatic cocoa varieties by supporting communities of producers with the shared aim of co-constructing the future. With its Cocoa Forest project in the Dominican Republic, Valrhona has the ambition of developing agroforestry models capable of improving the resilience of rural communities, diversifying producers’ revenues, increasing farm productivity and preserving the environment. In 2018, a range of different crops were seeded with the aim of determining, over the long term, the most effective solutions. To be continued!
Ecovadis distinguishes Elle & Vire for its responsible purchasing policy
In matters of responsible purchasing, Savencia is as demanding with its subsidiaries as it is with its suppliers. Since 2010, the Group’s suppliers have been required to sign a “Sustainable and solidary purchasing” charter. For our part, we are committed to developing in-house responsible purchasing policies based on a separate dedicated charter. To measure progress, our subsidiaries’ overall societal performance is regularly assessed by the independent evaluation agency Ecovadis. In 2019, Elle & Vire was awarded GOLD status for its CSR performance, reaching the top 4% of companies evaluated within the dairy product manufacturing segment and the top 2% for its responsible purchasing.
Organic and yummy
The trend is a strong one: whether for occasional or regular purchase, organic has become a habit with consumers. To prove it, 80% of Americans regularly consume organic products and 82% of people in France express confidence in the organic alternative for which annual European consumption regularly increases by more than 10%. The Group offers exclusively organic product ranges such as its Söbbeke yogurts in Germany or its Rogue River Blue organic blue cheese in the USA. Other products now have organic variants, such as St Môret Bio, Carré Frais Bio, Brebiou Bio and the Elle & Vire cream in France, our Beurre Balade Bio organic butter in Belgium or our Burgo de Arias Bio organic cheese in Spain.