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Premium fruit and vegetable ingredients supplier, SVZ, has announced its commitment to 100 % sustainable sourcing by 2030 by signing the Sustainable Juice Covenant. Dedicated to sustainability and agronomy expertise since its very beginning, in the year of its 150th anniversary, SVZ has vowed to keep strengthening its sustainability credentials, reaching 75 % sustainable sourcing by 2025 before the ultimate goal of 100 % by 2030.

The Sustainable Juice Covenant is a global initiative, coordinated by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and supported by AIJN, the European Fruit Juice Association. It aims to make the sourcing, production and trade of fruit and vegetable-derived juices, purees and concentrates completely sustainable by 2030. Sustainable sourcing is vital to protecting the planet and ensuring a brighter world for future generations.

Jobien Laurijssen, Sustainability Manager at SVZ, states: “By signing this covenant we have formalised our continuous commitment to make a positive contribution to sustainable production. This is a true milestone in our sustainability efforts. In order to achieve the formal targets outlined, we have already invested heavily in additional resources within our sustainability and agronomy teams. However, this is not something we can do alone and driving sustainability through the whole supply chain needs collaboration. Through this commitment, we aim to support our customers in their sustainability targets while also creating stability for our growers and setting up long-term projects that can make a real difference.”

Anouk ter Laak, SVZ CEO, adds: “For years we have built our practices on three pillars: sustainable sourcing and agriculture, environmental sustainability and valuing people. We are very proud of the work we have done so far, which have been made possible due to our stringent supply chain control and team of agronomy and sustainability experts. As outlined in the Sustainable Juice Covenant, all of our ingredients – for customers in juice and beyond – will be sustainability sourced by 2030 as we take the next step in our work towards a greener future.”

Prior to this, SVZ’s sustainability initiatives have included investing in a training programme that has promoted best practise among over 3000 farmers and water management initiatives. SVZ is also an active member of both the SAI Platform and Sedex, and has achieved a gold EcoVadis ranking.

bolasco and Bösch Boden Spies to do business under single brand from now on

The Hamburg-based food ingredients specialist Bösch Boden Spies is repositioning itself: as of today, its innovation subsidiary bolasco will be completely incorporated into Bösch Boden Spies GmbH & Co. KG, and all services delivered by bolasco Import GmbH will be managed by Bösch Boden Spies Import GmbH. All bolasco employees are part of the Bösch Boden Spies team and will contribute their “functional fruit solutions” expertise to the 360° approach of the fruit ingredients supplier’s portfolio of products and services. For the Hamburg-based company, the integration represents an important step towards providing its services to business partners and customers in a bundled – and thus improved – way.

Holistic approach, efficient processes, and innovative ideas

By integrating the subsidiary, which was founded ten years ago, Bösch Boden Spies GmbH & Co. KG can now provide one-stop service for its traditional business with natural fruit ingredients, the marketing of their functional advantages, and the development of innovative applications. This integrative approach makes for an even more attractive offering and highly efficient processes. The in-house ideas incubator, the Ingredient Technology Center (ITC), analyzes the worldwide markets in coordination with the Business Development department – always with the needs of consumers and manufacturers in mind – to identify trends at an early stage and develop pioneering product ideas. With this approach and its extensive expertise, the company is positioning itself as one of Europe’s leading import and service agencies for food ingredients.

Six business units

From now on, all of the company’s more than 100 employees are part of one of Bösch Boden Spies’s business units: Development, Quality, Sales, Import, Finance and Logistics. With this set-up, which besides providing a clear structure enables smooth workflows and the shortest possible communication paths, the long-established company does justice to its transformation into a full-service agency.