There has never been a greater need to change the world of food. Making healthier food choices has become a key issue for people and planet today. Therefore, Wessanen has a number of core values and key behaviours.
As part of our mission and vision, Wessanen aims to make a substantial contribution to helping people improve their diet on a daily basis.
Beyond driving our own business this also includes creating more awareness of the issues among employees, consumers, customers and other stakeholders via talks, presentations and (scientific) articles in media.
Over one billion people are obese
300 million people are at a significant risk of developing diet-related illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. All of our products are developed to be healthier and we encourage an overall healthier, organic and vegetarian diet.
The rainforest is disappearing
We only source sustainable palm oil or, if relevant, replace it altogether. We aim to source as many raw materials as possible from Europe.
Too many chemicals in food
Organic agriculture does not allow the use of synthetic fertilisers or pesticides; instead it is using Integrated Pest Management (based on using natural predators).
Overconsumption of meat
Overconsumption of meat is a big contributor to Global climate change, can cause cancer in humans as confirmed by the WHO and has various side effects such as increasing resistance to antibiotics in humans. We support vegetarian diets and provide people with healthier alternatives.
More food allergies
The number of people with food allergies is growing. Recent studies have confirmed a significant increase in the occurrence of food allergies, in particular among children.
Soil is the natural resource that ultimately sustains all life on land. Organic farming methods such as crop rotation, intercropping and the use of symbiotic associations are vital to maintaining and improving soil quality.
Nine billion people by 2050
By 2050, there will be an estimated nine billion people to feed, compared to seven billion today. We believe that this will only be possible if we adopt a healthier, more sustainable diet focused on organic and vegetarian food.
GMO in our food
Genetically modified (GM) plants endanger the environment since they can cross-contaminate other plants and transfer their new genes, resulting in possible disruption of ecosystems. We don’t use any GMO in our food.
At Wessanen, we focus on food that is good for people and for the planet. In most cases, foods which benefit our own health are also better for the planet, and vice versa. We have therefore defined our mission as ‘Healthier food, healthier people, healthier planet’. Vegetarian products – accounting for 97% of our range – have the advantage of being, by nature, more sustainable than animal products, which are resource-intensive. This is particularly true for the production of meat. There is a consensus that consumption of animal products has a highly negative impact on the environment and that meat-heavy Western diets are a major challenge for food sustainability around the world. Vegetarian products tend to be healthier, as shown by many epidemiological studies: vegetarian diets are associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and glut disease. Some of our brands – including Tartex, Allos and Bjorg – have strong roots in the vegetarian foods industry, being the first in their markets to introduce products such as vegetarian pâtés, amaranth and tofu.
There is a growing body of evidence that vegetarian diets positively contribute to human health and environmental sustainability. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research agency of the WHO, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. A Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by IARC classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans and processed meat as carcinogenic to humans. This confirms once more that eating less meat is key to make people and planet healthier. That’s why we are passionate about it and campaign for it as part of and beyond our immediate business
We conduct our business in a way that is transparent, fair and sustainable for all and we want to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
Our commitment is to our stakeholders and future generations.