At the opening of the new factory on 18 September 2013, we signed the BEMEFA Corporate Social Responsibility Charter.

The BEMEFA Corporate Social Responsibility Charter comprises five parameters:

1. Use of by-products (from the food and biofuel industries)
2. Percentage of local (European) proteins
3. Purchase of soy certified as “responsible”
4. Investment in training
5. Customer credit

We were praised for our efforts.


The mixing line
At the time, Geert Cnudde, our account manager at Electrabel (Engie), said: “the most efficient kilowatt is the kilowatt you do not use”.
We interpreted this quite literally for the development of the unique production process of our new factory. Any unnecessary transportation is relentlessly deleted. However, where transport turned out to be necessary, we chose for energy efficient and product-friendly solutions.
The result is 75% energy savings in transportation, less maintenance and less wear. Also, all the requirements in terms of traceability and hygiene are met, because they are also linked with sustainability.

The crushing-grinding line
At the end of 2016, the oldest crushing line will be renewed. It will become a highly efficient process, a real example of ‘state of the art’ sustainability. The crushing-grinding line will use about 25% less energy, it will be low on wear and maintenance, it will require minimal physical effort and it will work about 50% quieter. That should lead to an excellent score in terms of sustainability and hygiene.

The steam boiler plant


In June 2015, Franson performed a complete renovation of its steam supply. We switched from fuel oil to fuel gas, which is much more eco-friendly. Everything has been thought of: a condenser, insulation blankets, electronic modulating gas burners etc. See pictures.

The transport


We try to minimize the impact of the transport from the factory to our customers by investing in eco-friendly and fuel efficient vehicles via our transport company ALNATRA. Those are mainly EURO 6 vehicles. To make the transfer of our products at the client as efficient as possible, we encourage mortar transport, which is more energy efficient than blowing transport. The all mash is then brought into the silo with the greatest care for quality via a mechanical mortar.

High-quality, custom cattle feed

The focus on a purer all mash