Fude + Serrahn

Towards a Better World: Our Mission in Food Production

We are a leading company in the food industry, producing high-quality products for a broad range of demographics. Milk is at the core of our operations.

Through our code of conduct in accordance with the ETI Base Code, we ensure that ethical, social, and environmental responsibility are integral components of our business strategy.

[Translate to Englisch:] Nachhaltigkeit

Acting sustainably as a company means:

  • using energy and resources sparingly and avoiding environmental impact
  • expanding the share of renewable energies as an energy source for our production processes
  • facing our social responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions
  • creating healthy and enjoyable food with sustainable added value
  • meeting our customers' needs through safe and high-quality products and services
  • securing the future of our dairy farms with a competitive payout price
  • creating framework conditions that ensure success-oriented and motivated employees
  • advancing the cause of animal welfare by gradually introducing husbandry standards at Level 3 in milk production

Energy and environment

We commit to continuously and systematically improving operational environmental protection and our energy management system, beyond compliance with laws and regulations. The prudent use of energy and resources, the avoidance of environmental impacts, and the increase in energy efficiency are essential corporate objectives.

To achieve this, we establish energy-relevant criteria for the procurement and design of products and services. To ensure the achievement of the goal of increasing energy efficiency, all production sites are certified according to the ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems and are dedicated to the continuous improvement process.

To achieve this, we not only invest in energy-saving technologies but also plan to install photovoltaic systems at all locations.

In line with minimizing environmental impact, we focus on, among other things, the consistent reduction of waste volumes, promoting a circular economy, gentle water management, and minimizing emissions where possible. For example, we conserve resources by sourcing our cocoa from certified Rainforest Alliance suppliers.

Creation of carbon footprint

As a dairy company, we are aware of our responsibility regarding our climate-related activities, such as the manufacturing processes of our products.

By calculating the CO2 footprint according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocols (GHG) for the fiscal year 2021 across the entire corporate group, we have initiated an annual process to systematically capture our emissions. From this, we derive further goals and measures for CO2 reduction, thus contributing to the 1.5-degree target.

The insights gained from this process will also be incorporated into our sustainability report, which we will produce in the future.

At the Vietlübbe dairy farm, we are currently testing measures for CO2 reduction at the farm level, which will be rolled out to other dairy farmers after appropriate evaluation in a later step.

Packaging

As a manufacturer of food products and distributor of various packaging materials, we are deeply committed to environmental awareness, sustainability, and resource efficiency. We maintain constant communication with our suppliers to optimize our packaging materials.

However, it's also essential to consider that key properties such as protection against pests and transport damage, preservation of freshness, shelf life, and durability, as well as providing consumer information and ensuring hygienic handling, must be guaranteed. For years, we have been working proactively with our suppliers to reduce the weights of our plastic packaging. This has been achieved in many instances while preserving the aforementioned functions.

Additionally, we strive to increase recyclability by opting for mono-material packaging, which, when correctly disposed of by the consumer, can be 100% recycled. Our secondary packaging consists of corrugated and solid board, which is made from 100% renewable resources, recyclable, reusable, and compostable.

Product Safety & Quality

The Central Quality Management helps enforce the company's quality policy consistently across all business areas and subsidiaries of the corporate group. The goal is to establish and monitor standardized processes in all business operations, covering both the quality of procedures and end products.

Our certification according to IFS Food ensures that we guarantee traceability of all legal requirements regarding production, processing, and distribution levels, including labeling, at all times.

We continuously develop our systems, particularly concerning food safety, product protection, and counterfeit prevention, and regularly subject them to internal and external audits and assessments. We commit to providing the necessary human and financial resources for this purpose.