The food industry today is more complex than ever. Agricultural production has become highly intensive, supply chains extend across the globe and, in the food industry, there's been significant growth in the use of plant-based oils. At Bunge Loders Croklaan we strive to achieve continuous high quality and safety so we meet your expectations and protect your valuable brands.
Over the years, we have taken a great deal of control of every aspect of our supply chain – from seed to customer. Our focus on quality and safety covers all areas of our company. Every day we work to optimize each aspect of our operations, from our analytical capabilities to our engineering solutions, in order to meet the highest quality and food safety standards.
Our motto “Let’s Create Together” not only applies to our customers, but also to our technology partners. An example is our long-standing collaboration with laboratory products and services specialist Interscience, which has resulted in truly groundbreaking lab systems. Over the years, Bunge Loders Croklaan and Interscience have succeeded in automating analytical processes by pooling our resources and expertise. This has resulted in innovations like the FAME-PAL robot which has reduced cost and chemical use, produced higher-quality analysis and given employees more time to work on less monotonous activities. The FAME-PAL robot has not only been adopted at Bunge Loders Croklaan locations around the world, it has also become the first step towards complete lab automation at many organizations.
Our most recent flagship in analytical innovation is a fully automated solution for 3-MCPD and Glycidyl ester analysis in oils. It goes a step further by adding smart IT to the whole process. The manual method for determining 3-MCPD and Glycidyl ester levels is very time-consuming. Together with our partner Interscience, we developed a solution that reduces reporting time from two days to just two hours. It’s unique in the world and an industry standard (ISO 18363-4:2021).
Ahead of European legislation on 3-MCPDe, Bunge Loders Croklaan’s European refineries have been supplying fully mitigated palm oil and palm derivatives on a large scale since 2017. As a result, in Europe, we can deliver our entire product portfolio not only with low Glycidyl Esters (GE) levels, but also with low 3-MCPDe levels.
We are committed to high-quality products and processes. That's why we have conducted extensive research to reduce the levels of these substances without undermining other quality and safety specifications. Full control over our supply chain – from plantation to refinery – and state-of-the-art refining capabilities enable us to develop effective mitigation technologies.