Manufacturing products ethically

Committing to production that respects the land and respects Man means actively protecting and promoting the organic sector ... but not only that.

It means developing the French plant-based and non-GMO sectors. It means actively developing sustainable solutions respecting biodiversity and more environmentally friendly farming practices.

Waste recovery and developing green energy are a permanent activity. Our teams raise awareness of the impact of food and spread the idea of ​​ethical eating.

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SELECTING RAW MATERIALS

We've been organic since it started!

30 years of believing in organic, 30 years of helping to put together the Organic Farming regulations, improving its reliability, protecting those who believe in this model and build our cows, goat and sheep milk sectors, and obviously our soya sector too.

We believe in french non-GMO soya based food!

Sourcing French soya for 19 years doesn't just happen overnight! Regulations require a contamination level below 0.1%, but we set ourselves a limit 10 times lower at a detection threshold of 0.01%. We set ourselves an obligation to achieve results to ensure the absence of GMOs.

It's a real challenge, which is possible thanks to a lot of background work with our suppliers and secured by a 4 step check: in the fields, at harvest time, in the trucks and finally at our production site based in Châteaubourg.

Our entire chain is certified by an independent certification body. These efforts are the price to pay to ensure the impeccable quality of this key ingredient.

How Sojasun desserts and drinks are made

We are working for suistainable agriculture!

European organic food standard

Being consistent in a commitment to sustainable development means making progress internally as well as getting involved outside the company.

We dedicate 1% of the turnover from our Vrai brand to practical promotion of biodiversity and sustainable agricultural practices in partnership with our farmers and environmental groups.

Daniel Nicolle, organic milk producer in Normandy.

Daniel Nicolle

Testimonial

« In 1991, I took part in developing the national organic farming specifications. 52 meetings in 1 year! It was a real commitment!
Triballat noyal knows how to get on the same level as the farmers and made it easier for me to have discussions, leading to ideas and improvements, like having the cows in calf in the winter because they lactate better then. In addition, the company provides a price list one year in advance, which means you can make forecasts.»

"Carbon footprint" day on farms.

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In 2013, we held a greenhouse gas emissions awareness day with our Lozère sheep milk producers.

During this discussion, we identified tools for everyone to be able to analyse their own operations. And of course, we discussed possible actions to limit their impact.

The result: 45% of them worked out their carbon footprint and discussed solutions together in terms of animals, food and diesel.

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REDUCING THE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Sojasun wind turbine in Chateaubourg

The renewable energy challenge is continuing in the company.
Over the last 3 years, the wind turbine and solar panels have provided over 1 million kWh/year equivalent to the electricity consumption of more than 280 homes.

We are currently working on a joint biogas project planned for 2016: transforming the waste from a dozen manufacturers should provide the equivalent of 1 year of gas consumption for 1200 French households.
Production is expected to reach 2 million m3 of biomethane which is 2.2 million litres of petrol or 30,000 car journeys around the earth!

Triballat Noyal is co-developing a measurement tool to improve the use of environmental resources.
To find out more, see the Echos article.

Moderate and reduce the use of cleaning products as much as possible

We have always cleaned our machines with products that meet the organic farming standards including for our conventional products.
And since 2012, Triballat Noyal has substituted substances that are hazardous to its employees (health, irritation, allergies).

Limit and recycle waste

Triballat Noyal continues to make progress in waste recovery. This steady progress is owed directly to our teams' dedication and hard work. Those responsible for waste reprocessing have implemented many projects since 2010. Our employees have enabled a 12% decrease of our waste and a 25% in what we send to landfill (Source of data: Noyal-sur- Vilaine, Châteaubourg, Petit Billy, Châteaugiron 2010-2013) despite a 5% increase in our business.

Over the last 5 years, Triballat Noyal has invested more than € 8 million Euros on facilities to reduce its environmental impact. This represents over 9 000€ per employee.

Sojasunu, a workshop that's all fired up!

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After 15 years of loyal service, the 2 gas boilers on the Sojasun site require a lot of renovation and maintenance work. This presented an opportunity to rethink the choice of energy source, to pursue renewable energy.

The chosen solution is wood, for many reasons:

  • The proximity of the resource: several forest areas are located within 80 to 100 km of the site. It's a way to contribute to new recovery opportunities for this sector in decline due to the paper market which has been in crisis since the massive increase in paperless documents.
  • The renewability of the resource and therefore the carbon neutral footprint.
  • Stable prices over time with an average increase of 1 to 2% per year.
  • Creation of local jobs: 2 full-time equivalents taken on


The construction project is underway and commissioning is scheduled for 2015...

When economic and environmental choices meet, it's an opportunity to push our beliefs and values that bit further.

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MINIMIZING THE IMPACT OF FREIGHT

Double-decker Sojade lorry

The Triballat Noyal desire to provide as many people as possible with healthy food involves transporting its products throughout France and parts of Europe.
Through a lot of initiatives on fuel, eco-safe driving, equipment and journey planning, we managed to reduce our CO2 impact per kilometre by 10%. This decrease is set to continue and Triballat Noyal's goal is to reach 20% by 2016.

Sustainable modes of transport: all at sea!

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In 2013 Triballat Noyal sent 89% of its tonnage by road, 11% by sea.
In 2014 Triballat Noyal will triple the volume by sea to 32% of its freight volume.

80% of parcels to Spain will be transported by sea with the aim of reaching 100% in a few years.

For 2014, that will mean 100,000 km not travelled by truck, or in other words 35,000 litres of fuel saved.

We hope to go even further and find alternatives to meet the standard of other countries such as Italy: rail is one possibility

Our ambition is to carry out over 50% of our transport by alternatives to trucks on the road network.

To find out more, view the video on our site.

STEF and Sojasun: the first sea-road routes to Spain

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INCLUDING CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS

Raising awareness

Triballat Noyal is developing several projects to increase consumer awareness about the key points of food impact.

The educational objectives include the concept of indirect impact at every stage of the life cycle.
The variety of potential environmental impacts: on air, water and biodiversity. Policy levers in consumption.

Activities to raise consumer awareness

Vrai poster campaign – Bees prefer organic flowers

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Bees are the most important agricultural pollinators on the planet. Yet every year, they disappear in their millions. We are alerting people to this disaster, which could lead us to our doom.

In March 2013, each school canteen ordering Vrai products received a kit to raise awareness about the link between food, the environment and biodiversity. Teachers in these primary schools and their pupils have been able to use these educational materials to talk about the issue.
We distributed 1,500 kits, which we hope will help educate future generations to respect the environment and biodiversity...

A site to understand the environmental impact of products

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Our involvement in implementing environmental labelling nationwide was an opportunity to put 4 of our products to the test.
The goal is to make this information publicly available, we even dedicated a website to it.
So don't hesitate to consult it!

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