Vandemoortele announces collaboration with Axiane

Vandemoortele is proud to announce a long-term collaboration with French milling company Axiane – part of the Axéréal Group – which is a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability, supply security and value creation through innovation.

Aligning with the current climate of environmental consciousness and in support of the recent EU-wide farmer protests for fair value distribution, Vandemoortele is contributing to a fair remuneration for sustainable agricultural practices – in recognition of its 97% of emissions are linked to the supply chain, it becomes imperative to collaborate closely with suppliers to bring about change.

Under this newly signed agreement, the Axéréal Group will support farms in the production of crops from regenerative agriculture. Practices will be guided by results-based objectives, going beyond the obligation of means.

“By committing to this approach, we want to affirm our support for the transformation to carbon-free practices in all parts of the industry. Our vision is anchored in the long term, as we know the challenges are ambitious and the transformation processes complex,” said Sabine Sagaert, Managing Director Bakery Products and Johan Declerk, Raw Materials Manager at  Vandemoortele. “With this multi-year contract, we also engage our customers and their consumers to join us along this journey of sustainable food.”

Vandemoorteleis taking active steps towards low-carbon wheat. The wheat, integral to this initiative, was sown in the autumn of 2022 using regenerative agricultural practices aimed at reducing cabon emissions, was designed to enhance soil health with better water retention and improved biodiversity.

Harvested in summer 2022, these efforts have now come to fruition; marking a first milestone in the journey towards sustainability and have resulted in low carbon flour now becoming available.

“It’s a great source of pride to be able to unite the wheat-flour-bread industry around shared ambitions aimed at limiting our environmental impact.  By signing this long-term contract, we will be supporting farmers in their sustainable practices, helping to reduce our respective GHG emissions. In this way, we are making a real difference by offering a turnkey “Carbon-free Regenerative Agriculture” service,” reflected David Hubert, Managing Director, Axiane Meunerie.

“The transformation of the agricultural model, thanks to practices derived from regenerative agriculture, is a necessity if we are to support and promote our low-carbon industry, from the soft wheat producer right through to the bread and Viennese pastry manufacturer,” concluded Jean-François Loiseau, Chairman of Axéréal.

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