Environmental Commitment

Corman pays close attention to minimizing its environmental footprint from raw material sourcing to finished products delivery.

SAVE WATER AND ENERGY, REDUCE EMISSIONS

Minimise energy consumption

Corman commits to consistently improving its energy efficiency by investing in new, more economical and less polluting technologies:

Corman is an early partner of the energy efficiency plans with the Belgian Food Industry Federation (FEVIA) and has been pursuing a reduction policy since 2004.

For its refrigeration needs, Corman has installed, as early the 1970’s, one of the first NH3 compressors (ammoniac) in Belgium (no impact on ozone) and new, even more efficient models since then.

The boiler was converted from fuel to gas in 2014 (less polluting) and equipped with a saver. Cogeneration is currently being developed.

In its electricity contracts, Corman demands that it comes as much as possible from renewables "green" energy.

Thanks to a reverse osmosis equipment to concentrate buttermilk, Corman saves more than 800 truck journeys per year. It saves energy on transportation and drying, while recovered water can be re-used.

Reduce packaging

Corman self-imposes a systematic packaging weight-reduction policy (packaging and stickers thickness) and participates to the FEVIA packaging-reduction plan:

• All primary packaging is made from recyclable material.
• Secondary and tertiary packagings are always made out of the same material: for example, for Balade butter, both the tray and cover lid are cardboard.

Release pure waters

All our industrial waters are purified so that we can release them in the environment in the best condition:

A CDO < 25 (CDO : Chemical Oxygen Demand)
A BOD5 < 8 (BOD5 : Biological Oxygen Demand after 5 days)

These water purification and sludge treatment are made by natural, biological ways, without adding any chemical substance.

Grease contained in the flotation sludge is recovered and valorised in biofuel, in particular to heat tulip greenhouses in the Netherlands.

Buttermilks that can’t be re-treated are valorised either by composting or by bio-methanisation.

VALORIZE TERROIRS AND SHORT TRACEABILITY

For Corman, a great product is made from great raw materials. We pay close attention to the origin of our dairy inputs. Yet, all the cream available in Belgium would not be sufficient for our needs. This is why we had to enlarge our sourcing options to other quality dairy regions and to set up our different European sites..

PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL

PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL

Corman is committed to supporting the promotion of sustainable palm oil production as a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - www.rspo.org). All our butter/vegetable fat blends are available in a RSPO Mass Balanced certified version.

For our food industry clients who prefer to replace palm oil, Corman has developed a unique range of palm oil-free blends, with the performance of palm oil but no tropical fat, no hydrogenated fat, a clean label and an improved nutritional profile (40% less saturated fat vs palm oil).