Sustainability

We take responsibility

Our sustainability approach

In our approach to sustainability, we ensure our corporate strategies fit with our sustainability strategy, and we systematise and measure our previous sustainability activities.

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Spices and seasonings are the origin of the Fuchs Group. Our success depends to a large extent on intact economic, ecological and social systems in the spice-growing regions. Therefore we feel we have a special obligation to handle resources responsibly and sustainably. Based on our shareholder structure, we are interested in long-term future-oriented corporate development that creates value. Our thinking and actions have been multigenerational for many decades. This corporate philosophy is expressed in our values and in our entrepreneurial self-image. We have oriented our corporate goals towards this since our company was founded more than 65 years ago.

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We advocate controlled cultivation and raw materials traceability

We set the highest quality standards for our products, and this already starts at the origin of the spices: we want to know who produced the raw materials and in which fields, and how they were harvested, packed and transported. That’s why our quality assurance and monitoring starts where the crops are grown. We buy the majority of our raw materials unground and directly from the producer, where possible. We then process them in our own production facilities and spice mills in Germany. That way, we guarantee the traceability and quality of every batch – from growing, transport and processing to the finished product.

We handle resources responsibly and sustainably

As a food industry business, an intact environment is centrally important to us. We obtain our raw materials from various regions of the world because the conditions needed for cultivation exist only in those places. Local climate changes can cause cultivation regions to shrink or shift away entirely – with dramatic consequences, especially for our suppliers with small-scale farming structures. Therefore, of central importance to us lies  long-standing, partnership-based relations with suppliers, with whom we maintain direct personal contact and for which we employ large numbers of staff on the ground. These employees support local growers, processors and exporters, holding training sessions, especially on the subjects of Quality Assurance and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and constantly exchange information with our suppliers on topics such as cultivation, harvesting or drying of the spices.

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From raw goods to end product

As an internationally operating family enterprise, we firmly believe that the responsible management of resources is our special obligation. We actively influence the quality and flavour of the products across the entire value chain, from the raw goods on to the finished product.

Planting and harvesting

The black pepper is planted by licensed suppliers; the pepper panicles are picked by hand. The harvested pepper is carefully sorted and spread out in the sun to dry. During the drying process, the peppercorns are turned several times. Before leaving the plantation, the pepper undergoes an extensive selection process.

On-site quality testing

After packing it in sacks, the pepper is transported to regional wholesalers. Upon arriving there and before purchasing, our buyers from Europe conduct on-site quality testing.

Transport

The pepper is then transported by lorry to international ports and loaded on container ships. It embarks on its journey across the ocean in climate controlled containers. It then travels from the port in Hamburg to the Fuchs Gewürzwerk spice factory.

Quality control in the spice factory

Our incoming goods control subjects the raw goods to a thorough inspection for quality, form and colour. The goods are placed in high-rack storage until all extensive quality controls are completed. Only after analyses in our on-premises and additional external laboratories have been performed, do the raw goods undergo further processing.

Further processing

We ensure the quality of the goods by using state-of-the-art technologies, like steam sterilisation. Applying cold-milling, the pepper is ground in an extensively aroma-preserving process.  

Filling and shipping

The pepper is filled in aroma-tight packaging in fully automatic filling plants. The finished product is individually confectioned for food retailers and shipped.

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We assist our employees to develop their potential

Our aim is to establish long-term relations shaped by mutual respect and understanding. We give exceptional priority to our employees: we invest in their training and further education, and we challenge and encourage every one of them to develop his or her full potential. Because our success largely depends on the qualification and commitment of our employees. Our aspiration and motivation is to ensure that they are proud to be part of the Fuchs Group. We are working towards making our working hours models more flexible to meet the various different needs of our employees even better. Moreover, in the future we will endeavour to take the individual family situations of our employees into consideration to an even greater extent. For example, this will include working arrangements that allow better childcare and looking after persons in need of care.

We reinforce the dialogue about sustainability

We want to intensify the dialogue about sustainability - both in our own company group and also in our sector of industry. In our sustainability approach, we set out our understanding of sustainable company management and central aspects of our sustainability strategy, and we systematise our sustainability activities up to the present time. We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the coming years. We want to make our sustainability activities even more measurable, to move towards targeted actions. We published our sustainability report according to GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards in 2018. This gives annual insights into our sustainability targets, strategies and activities.

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Contact

Elena Feige, Manager Corporate Communication

Phone: +49 (0) 5421 309-9006

E-Mail: nachhaltigkeit@fuchs.de