We are green
As a family business from Westphalia, we are developing sustainably produced food – and in beautiful surroundings at that! We feel committed to the environment, which is why we invested a great amount of money on our 30th anniversary so that we can act even more environmentally friendly, sustainably and save resources.
Latest energy efficient technology
During the extension and renovation of our production we paid special attention to using the latest energy efficient technology. The new building was build keeping the KFW 55 standard in mind, in which the primary energy usage and CO2 consumption only take up 55% of the legal demand. Our refrigerating plants, electric pumps and motors of all ventilation systems operate highly efficient. Moreover, the switch from kryo refrigerating to a more efficient method of cooling saves a great amount of energy input of electricity externally. Therefore, it is possible to reduce the amount of CO2 by approximately 8.000 t.
Due to our production process, we are dealing with either very hot or freezing temperatures, which offers a great energy saving potential: Thus, our company uses the waste heat of the refrigerating plants to heat water, our ventilation system is equipped with a heat recovery system, heat leading pipes are greatly insulated and we utilize environmentally friendly refrigerants with a high efficiency. Furthermore, an efficient cogeneration system is being utilized for a simultaneous production of electricity and heat.
We want less waste! Therefore, we adapted our packaging accordingly, in such a way that we will require approximately 35% less cardboard and 21% less plastic in 2019 than we did in 2017. Due to the recycling process of our packaging we were able to save up to 876 t of resources and 116 t of greenhouse gas in 2018, compared to the primary production.
As a result of the increase of weight of each pallet, we were able to minimize the space needed, and are therefore capable of reducing the trips we have to take to deliver our goods. We also value regional purchase greatly. Overall almost 70 % of our raw ingredients come from our federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, 85 % even come from a radius of 150 km. This in conclusion means short delivery distances for us and an additional plus for people and environment.
Creating a livable environment
We planted more than 20 fruit trees of old regional kinds on our premises, including the “Schöne aus Wiedenbrück”, the star apple or the Stromberg plum among many others, additional to many bird and insect friendly plants. Moreover, we are planning the establishment of further nesting boxes for sparrows, swallows and insects in cooperation with NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union).
The newly installed pond offers habitat to numerous amphibians and insects. All of these taken measures lead to the director Christoph Hülshorst happily saying: “We transformed an agroeconomical monoculture into a biotope.”
In times in which some people are still deciding whether it is worth it to advocate for climate and environment, we are already doing it! We are aware of our responsibility!