Within its Sustainability Strategy, “Sustainable Products” are crucial as one of the company’s six Pillars, along with Environment, People, Ethics and Governance, Supply Chain and Land Development, on which the Group focuses.
Fine Foods’ approach is aligned with the Circular Economy Action Plan, published by the European Commission in March 2020, which defines the framework for fostering the transition towards circular production and consumption models, and the “Circular Economy Package I” of 2022. This contains the proposed Ecodesign Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) and Directive to raise consumer awareness of the green transition through best practice in communication and information, including green claims.
Sustainable production: from raw materials to small-scale plants
Fine Foods can provide its customers with a service that supports sustainable production including the design phase, supply chain and development of processes which reduce water and energy consumption.
The focus on product sustainability cannot be separated from the sustainable origin of ingredients, which is allowed through recognised standards and certifications.
Fine Foods works with all supply chain players when it comes to testing new materials, developing new ideas or exploring market trends. It partners with the best raw material suppliers and, by working with the R&D department, develops and provides formulations supported by scientific evidence that meet consumer and medical advisor needs.
By cooperating with the customer, the R&D department develops new products, supporting market needs and the aspects of interest to the end consumer, after considering their sustainability.
By having small-scale plants which represent the main production technologies in the various factories, Fine Foods can develop new products quickly and efficiently, drawing up technological feasibility studies and finely-tuned sensory testing.
These plants manufacture representative samples of large-scale industrial production, enabling stability studies of future products to be placed on the market.
The production process validation phase is equally important. Pilot-scale batches can intercept possible imponderable discrepancies not highlighted in small-scale laboratory tests, before proceeding with industrial-scale production.
Fine Foods supports its customers in researching and implementing more sustainable solutions, suggesting greener materials that consider the environmental impact throughout their life cycle.
The Group created a structure that provides EcoDesign consultancy for packaging environmental labelling; research and testing of raw materials and packaging with a lower environmental impact. It supports the product eco-design; defines practical actions to improve the environmental profile of a product; supports defining a solid short- and medium-long term strategy for the development of business opportunities within the “product sustainability” area; helps in the product’s carbon footprint calculation; assesses and selects suppliers based on ESG criteria.
Fine Foods’ commitment to sustainability is not only recognised by its stakeholders but is backed by certifications.
The Trenzano plant, for example, obtained ICEA, Cosmos Organic and Cosmos Natural certifications, the standard that assures consumers of the organic or natural origin and that applies to cosmetic products and their raw materials.
The same plant obtained the Eco Bio Cosmesi e Cosmesi Naturale Standard which certifies cosmetic products, raw materials for cosmetic use and cosmetic products for pets, organic ingredients and chemical substances of natural origin, selected based on environmental sustainability and health criteria.
“Sustainable products”: present and future
This unshakeable determination led the company to significant milestones such as, training more than half of the staff in the Purchasing, Sales and R&D departments, implementation of a product “Carbon Footprint” project and the preparation of ecodesign strategies.
Fine Foods has ambitious goals for 2025 including two awareness campaigns on environmental education and responsible consumption issues, the entire R&D, Purchasing and Sales staff trained in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and at least four more sustainable product development projects based on LCA criteria.
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