CSR annual report

Hoogesteger 2021


Our founder, Bert Hoogesteger, believed that everyone should be able to enjoy fresh juice. Back in the 1990s, fresh juice in bottles was not available in supermarkets, due to its maximum shelf life of one day. Bert Hoogesteger developed his own technique, which made it possible to extend the shelf life of fresh orange juice. To this day, we continue to follow his vision.

Hoogesteger and CSR

With our mission of letting everyone enjoy fresh fruit and vegetable juices, we are close to nature. We therefore feel responsible for our impact on the environment. For example, we consider:

  • the consequences of the transport of raw materials;
  • the use of water to wash them;
  • the consumption of energy for the production and refrigeration of juices;
  • the packaging in which the juice is bottled.

We also make sure that we are aware of the insights of our suppliers. How do they deal with the environment, and—equally important—how do they treat their employees? Because we purchase raw materials from suppliers in various high-risk countries, we devote considerable attention to chain responsibility.

For 2017, we defined a baseline measurement with the goal of enhancing our understanding of our direct and indirect impact. This measurement has given us a better view of where we stand and which steps we can take next. To bring guidance and focus to our efforts, we subsequently formulated our CSR policy and associated objectives and measures. We also introduced a digital version of our CSR annual report so that everyone can continue to follow our plans and progress.

2021 was a remarkable year in many ways. In 2021, COVID-19 also had a clear impact on operations within Hoogesteger. The primary focus was on the safety of our workforce and the continuity of supply to our customers. With that in mind, we were required to introduce a series of measures including additional requirements on protective clothing and decontaminating, working from home for many of the office colleagues and the cancellation of all foreign travel. Partly as a consequence, at no time was there any threat to continuity, and we were able to minimise the number of COVID-19 infections within the company.

Above all, I am very proud of the zeal and enthusiasm with which the CSR team has started working on our CSR plans. Setting goals is one thing, but actually initiating their implementation is often another. The ultimate challenge is to recalibrate the goals and raise the bar each year. This new annual report is partial proof of the permanent place that has been assigned to CSR in the daily operations of Hoogesteger. With these efforts, we have since more than satisfied the increasing wishes and demands of our customers.

Edo Abels, Managing Director

Energy and Climate

Our carbon footprint

Our products are produced and stored in a refrigerated environment. As a consequence, our energy consumption is relatively high. As promised in the previous report, we have now switched to green energy, resulting in a huge reduction of our CO₂ footprint.

Our CO₂ footprint fell from 2,386 tonnes to 158 tonnes of CO₂. Whereas our CO₂ footprint last year was equivalent to 1,377 return flights from Amsterdam to New York City, this has fallen to just 92 today! We are extremely happy with this result. Despite this reduction, we still have some way to go. We will continue to critically examine where we can further reduce our CO₂ emissions. Read below for further details of the measures we have taken.

We introduced the following measures to reduce energy consumption in 2021:

  • In 2021, we equipped the Bottling department with LED lighting;
  • Improved performance of water purification;
  • New crusher improving frozen fruit processing, therefore requiring less refrigeration capacity;
  • Filling machine replaced with a more energy-efficient model.

Other measures to keep our energy usage as low as possible:

  • Purchase of frequency-driven air compressors;
  • Purchase of a frequency-regulated labelling line equipped with LED lighting;
  • All areas are cooled using one of the latest cooling systems based on ammonia and CO₂;
  • All doors are designed to minimise the outflow of cold air;
  • The production location is equipped with LED and automatic lighting.
CO₂-footprint for Hoogesteger 2020

Total 158 tonnes CO₂

Relative development of the CO₂ footprint

Emissions (in tonnes per million litres of juice produced)

    CO₂emissions in the chain


    A large share of our CO₂ emissions in the chain is caused by transport. To minimise these emissions, we use boat transport where possible. In addition, we adhere to the philosophy of ‘as close as possible and as far as necessary’. We source apples, pears and various kinds of vegetables in the Netherlands as much as possible. The fact remains that the raw materials for our daily fresh juices are sourced from all over the world, including from South Africa, Egypt and various countries in Central and South America. The source of our supply depends on where the quality of the harvest is highest at any given time.


    For the majority (80%) of our raw materials, we calculate the annual volume of CO₂ emissions due to upstream transport (i.e. from the supplier to our production location). The following overview clearly demonstrates the relationship between emissions resulting from transport and the emissions from our own production location. These figures do not include road transport in the country of origin. We are currently working to chart the transfer of our packaging as well.

    The CO₂ emission resulting from transport from the country of origin to our factory in Zwanenburg amounts to 6.778 tonnes of CO₂.

    Emissions cultivation raw materials

    In 2019, we made an initial estimation of the CO2 emissions of the cultivation our raw materials. Using a French database, Agribalyse, we have been able to estimate the CO₂ emission for the crop production. Based on this insight, we know which crops generate the greatest CO₂ footprint – a starting point for possible reduction where the greatest impact can be achieved! Over the coming years, we plan to work with more accurate data. Two of our growers, for strawberries and oranges, have already conducted an analysis of the CO₂ emission of their crop. We have also included this data in our calculations and the resultant total CO₂ emission for our raw materials is 11,073 tonnes.

    To improve the focus of our activities, we will start by focusing on a top 10. The crops in our list together represent 90% of the total volume and 67% of the CO₂ emission.

    The top 10 on which we intend to focus is:

    • Strawberries
    • Pineapple
    • Apples
    • Bananas
    • Raspberries
    • Kiwis
    • Mangoes
    • Pears
    • Oranges
    • Ginger
    Our carbon footprint from transport
    • Footprint (Scopes 1 and 2) 2021: 158 tonnes 2% 2%
    • Transport upstream (part of Scope 3) 2021: 6778 tonnes 98% 98%

    For transport from our production location to the customer, we work with transporters who operate as sustainably as possible. For example, our house transporter, Heinis Logistics, uses refrigerated vehicles equipped with Euro-5 and Euro-6 motors. Our new transporter Stef has already started its energy transition years ago which led to convincing results. Stef is currently stepping up its environmental efforts through their new climate program “Moving Green”. Our other transporter, Dailycool, has also made progress on the environmental front. It has switched its entire fleet (tractors and trailors) to HVO100 fuel. This HVO100 fuel is a premium diesel made from renewable resources which do not release any new CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. We are also constantly working to achieve logistical improvements, so that we can deliver our juices to our customers as quickly and as freshly as possible, while making the fewest trips possible.

    Shuttle transport

    Daily, several trucks drive back and forth between our production side in Zwanenburg and the distribution center/cooling storage in Velsen. In 2021, this transport amounted to 5.95 tons of CO2 emissions.

    Transport to the customer

    By preference, we deliver as quickly and directly as possible to our customers, to avoid unnecessary kilometres. Our products travel across the whole of Europe, clearly resulting in CO₂ emission. This year for the first time we calculated the transport-related emission. It is worth noting here that our deliveries can be combined with other transport operations; for example a single pallet from Hoogesteger can be transported in a truck with other products. In carrying out our calculations, we therefore took account of the weight of the deliveries. For 2021, our transport-related CO₂ emission amounted to 4,074 tonnes.

    Increase in load factors for transport to our logistical partner XPO

    relative to base year 2017

    2021: 27,66%

    2020: 15,9%
    2019: 6%
    2018: 3,8%

    Cold storage and logistics

    Our storage facility in Velsen is largely self-sufficient, due to the use of solar and wind energy, and it is energy-efficient, due to the use of heat pumps, heat recovery, LED lighting and light sensors. This is a result of the sustainability policy of our partner Kloosterboer, from whom we rent our storage space. Kloosterboer received the EZK Energy Award, and it was the first cold storage facility to receive the Lean & Green award. They also received the highest BREEAM standard of ‘outstanding’ (five stars) for the new construction of 15,000m2 of additional cooling/freezing space.

    In 2021, Kloosterboer installed an additional 1572 solar panels on the front section of the cold store.

    Sustainability and CSR also take high priority in the company policy of our partner XPO Logistics in Nieuwegein. They are ISO 14001 certified, publish annual ‘sustainability reports’ and are officially committed to the basic principles of the UN Global Compact.

    Circular economy

    With the Raw Materials Agreement, the government aims to achieve a circular economy by 2050. For us, this will mean:

      • Maximising the reuse of waste;
      • Minimising food waste;
      • Minimising plastic.

    Reusing waste as much as possible

    Residual flows of fruit and vegetables in 2021 total 20,219 tonnes (in %)

    Disaggregated by destination

      Residual waste streams
      • The percentage of residual waste streams intended for animal feed fell by approximately 7%.
      • In some cases, residual waste streams are not suitable for animal feed, for example if they contain residues of ginger. Given the increased popularity of our juices with ginger, this was more common in 2021.
      • Slightly less than 11% was also left for conversion to biogas, via fermentation.
      Industrial waste
      • Our industrial waste is separated and recycled as much as possible by an external party, Recycling.nl.
      • As compared with 2020, our production rose by 9% in 2021. However, our waste volume rose by 16%. We gained this insight while preparing this annual report. We intend to investigate the underlying cause.
      • According to the Milieu Centraal foundation, it should be possible for households to have no more than 20% in residual waste left after waste separation. This share is currently around 45% for households. Even though we are a company, we are happy to report that we have managed to stay below this target of 20%, with a residual waste share of 17%.
      • Part of our plastic waste has been used for high-calorie incinera.
      • In 2021, 97% of our bottles were packed in recycled cardboard, an increase of 14% as compared with the 85% in 2020. We will continue to do our best to keep this percentage as high as possible.
      • See the section later in this report with regard to the use of R-PET for our bottles.
      • The wooden crates in which our oranges arrive are either returned to the circuit or shredded for use as fuel.
      Total waste 2021: 1.697 tonnes,

      excluding residual flows


        Destination residual flows 2017 t/m 2021 (in %)

        Ladder of Moerman

        The increasingly higher-quality use of our waste streams is a matter of constant attention. We were able to make further improvements in this area with the purchase of our new pressing machine in 2019. This new pressing technique squeezes the citrus fruits more effectively, leaving more of the fruit for human consumption. Previously, the residual stream consisted of two parts, of which only one part was suitable for cattle food. As a result of the improvement, the entire residual stream is now suitable for cattle feed.

        Minimising food waste

        Minimising food waste

        The greatest challenge facing food producers involves the coordination of supply and demand. The IT specialist Orcado and the food industry expert Get Yessed were convinced that there was still a world to be won in this regard. They joined forces to develop the platform known as ‘Supply Brain‘.

        % failure XPO dontated to Food bank


        Preventing failure together

        We as Hoogesteger were happy to collaborate as a Living Lab. As a result, in 2020, we had 67.3% less waste than in 2019! Our distribution centre in Velsen was also able to achieve a substantial reduction in waste: from 7.2% at the beginning of 2020 to 56.1% starting with week 30. And as for the goal we set ourselves last year; we once again managed to reduce waste by 50%! In 2021, we started a new improvement programme aimed at disposing of a further 73% less waste as compared with 2020. We are delighted with this initiative, which will soon help other producers and suppliers to prevent waste, as well.

        Working together to facilitate reuse

        In 2021, Bakker Barendrecht supplied a waste flow of pressing oranges and limes to Hoogesteger, for the production of juices. Although the appearance of the oranges did not meet the requirements to be displayed on the supermarket shelves, they were suitable for consumption. We are pleased to have found this partnership that we have together put into action. In this way, we have been able to convert almost 385,000 kg of pressing oranges into approximately 182,000 litres of orange juice. We were also able to make use of all the limes in our products.

        Food bank

        Juices that are no longer allowed to be sent to customers from the XPO storage facility in connection with shelf life, are donated to the Food Bank wherever possible. The extent to which we manage to do this is presented in the figure below. We are delighted that after the 15.1% achieved in 2020, we are now able to show a positive upturn, amounting this year to 25.4%! The reason for the decline in 2020 was a capacity problem at the Food Bank, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

        Other measures
        In addition to converting as much of our waste flows as possible into animal feed, we prevent food waste in the following ways:
        • Our juices are made primarily from Class 2 and 3 fruits and vegetables. These are known as ‘outsiders’, meaning that they do not meet the requirements to be displayed on the shelves of the supermarkets or greengrocers;
        • The PEF and HPP technology that we use to treat some of our products ensures a longer shelf life while preserving taste and nutritional values;
        • Bottles that are not suitable for delivery to our customers are offered to our employees. This is free during working hours, and at a discount if they wish to take the products home with them.

        Minimising plastic

        With our plastic packaging we are addressing an important CSR theme. Together with our customers we are constantly looking for ways to increase the sustainability of our bottles. In addition to recycled PET (R-PET), we are exploring possibilities for reduction.

        We are delighted with the steps we were able to take last year in respect of recycled bottles. Whereas last year 4 out of every 17 bottles contained recycled material, today the total is 23 out of 26. In total, 22% of bottles in 2021 consisted of recycled material. Our ambition for 2022 is to increase this percentage to at least 90%.

        The labels are not yet cleanable; for that reason, the section where the label is applied still has to be removed from the bottle during recycling. We do use cleanable material for a small part of our product range. We are working hard to increase the proportion of our range that uses cleanable material, so the entire bottle can be recycled.

        At the same time, we are encouraging our customers who deliver directly to consumers to use the label to promote the separation of waste. To this end, 90% of these customers use a logo or text on the label.
        Deposits are being charged for our bottles in an increasing number of countries.

        We have been awarded a certificate for our participation in the collection system for PET bottles in Germany. The CO2 reduction we have achieved equates to the amount of CO2 filtered each year by approximately 3,023  of forest. That is almost 1,200 m2 more than last year!



        Water consumption

        We use a vast amount of water to clean the raw materials and machinery. We have linked the amount of water used to the litres of juice produced, and the result is a lot to take in. It is therefore our goal to reduce water consumption where possible.

        As compared with 2020, we have once again succeeded in reducing the water consumption per litre of produced juice. In 2021, consumption amounted to 3.5 litres per litre of juice. Precisely on target!

        To date, we have taken the following measures to reduce water consumption as much as possible:

        • Purchase of a new pressing machine, which does not require citrus fruits to be peeled before pressing, such that the machine uses less water;
        • Making an agreement with our cleaning company listing the economical use of water as a KPI;
        • Replacing reels and nozzles with more energy-efficient versions.
        Water consumption

         per litre of juice produced

        2021: 3,5 litres

        2020: 3,7 litres
        2019: 3,4 litres
        2018: 3,8 litres
        2017: 3,9 litres
        2016: 4,2 litres



        Waste water

        Of all the water we use during the production process, 80% ends up as waste water. The first purification step takes place in our factory. The sludge released during this process is collected and converted into gas (1,600 tonnes per year) via fermentation. The purified waste water undergoes a second round of purification at the installations of the Dutch Water Board. This water is nutritious, as it contains sugar. The bacteria found in water that contains sugar are characterised by their ability to convert contaminated water into harmless substances. The waste water produced in our production process therefore helps the Water Board’s treatment plant to clean water.

        Chain responsibility and human rights

        SR risks and influence within the chain

        Our fruit and vegetables often come from high-risk areas in terms of CSR. Although certificates are important, they do not always offer the guarantee that we seek. For this reason, we visit our suppliers frequently. In 2021, our success was limited by COVID-19 In addition, all of our suppliers sign our Code of Conduct, which includes criteria relating to the environment and working conditions. Nevertheless, we still cannot offer full guarantees. Transparency in the chain remains a challenge. We cannot exercise much influence in this regard. This is related to two aspects that make us less interesting to separate suppliers. To reduce the risk of failed harvests, partly due to climate change, we are forced to work with many different suppliers. In addition, we buy Class 2 and 3 products, which are regarded as ‘outsiders’.

        100% of our suppliers have been audited according to the code of the BSCI or similar

        100% of our suppliers sign our Business Practices.


        We visited 7% of our suppliers for audits (as compared to 56% last year)

        From our suppliers  100% is GFSI  certified and 95% Global GAP

        ICSR Food Products Covenant

        Last year, our sector organisation (FNLI) signed the ICSR Food Products Covenant. This created the opportunity to address risks within the chain, with the cooperation and assistance of ICSR (international corporate social responsibility organisation). We have also conducted a self-assessment in 2021, which confirmed that we are already investing considerable effort in the area of ICSR.. It also provided us with insight into the manner in which we can go even further in incorporating ICSR into our business operations. In response to this self-assessment, we have established an improvement plan. We will start by adjusting our purchasing policy and our purchasing documents. This will ensure that our policy also reflects our attention to ICSR. By including ICSR in our purchasing documents, we will be imposing supplementary requirements on our suppliers.

        Our people

        Staff composition


        Flow through

        Safety, personal development & good rewards

        We ask a lot from our people, and we are happy to reward them well for their efforts. In addition, we do everything we can to provide our employees with a safe working environment. In 2021, just like last year, that meant a COVID-19-safe working environment. By constantly adapting to and anticipating for the ever changing measures, we were able to keep the number of infections to a minimum, while ensuring that production could continue. We consider it important for our employees to feel at home and to have opportunities for personal development. This also applies to our temporary employees, for whom we have a good flow-through scheme. After six months, we make a joint assessment concerning whether the contract can be converted into employment. In addition, we consider it important for our employees to feel heard and that they reflect the composition of society as a whole.

        Staff conditions

        • Lowest salary is 125% of the minimum wage
        • 10% discount on collective health insurance
        • Diversity among employees
        • Annual performance reviews, annual appraisal interviews
        • Training budget per employee
        • Growth model for production workers
        • Personal development plan for each employee
        • Pregnancy policy with adapted tasks
        • Whistleblower regulation
        • Confidential advisor
        • Works Council
        • Preparations for new job structure and salary policy

        Vitality and sustainable employability 

        With regard to health and personal development, the ageing workforce is posing an increasing challenge. Our employees are getting older and are having to work longer, and their tasks are often physically demanding. To date, we have succeeded in finding suitable alternatives for employees whose original jobs have become too hard physically. Nevertheless, we do not know how this will work out in the future. We consider it important to be prepared for these developments and to ensure that our employees are prepared as well. We have therefore started to address this issue by including sustainable employability as one of the CSR pillars in our policy.

        One of the options for offering more flexibility to our older employees involves ensuring a good age distribution throughout the entire workforce. In 2021, we made a start on measures that will allow employees to use a sustainable employability scheme, starting from 10 years before the standard retirement age applicable to them.  

        In 2021, together with the Works Council, we offered our employees a Preventive Medical Examination (PME). We conduct this examination once every 4 years to map out health risks on the shop floor, and to give our employees useful tips for a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing. Based on the report, in collaboration with partners, we will be developing workshops with a view to raising awareness of a vital work and lifestyle amongst our employees.

        Opportunities and knowledge development at Hoogesteger

        As a recognised training company, we offer learning programmes for students from a variety of study programmes. In addition, we regularly work with interns. In 2020, we once again had two interns: one in the Quality Service department and one in the Product Development department.

        We also try to deploy people who are at a distance from the labour market wherever possible. For example, one person we employed through the Disablement Assistance Act for Handicapped Young Persons has now been with us for more than 25 years.

        Employees speak

        Adriana, No two days the same

        A little less than two years ago, Adriana arrived at Hoogesteger. In Velsen, in the labelling department, as a temporary packer. Her intention was not to stay for long. We were not able to offer her enough hours, in her opinion, so she intended to look for employment elsewhere.

        However, in the few weeks she was with us, her superiors recognised that Adriana was capable of more than simply placing bottles in boxes. Instead, they asked her to stay on, and offered her a position as operator.

        And so Ariana stayed. Soon she was in charge of the entire labelling line in Velsen. She was in fact so good that she was able to train others in the task. “It seems I have enough patience to teach the job to other people.”

        “This one is a keeper,” decided her superiors, and soon offered Adriana an employment contract. Which she was happy to sign. She was also offered a course to learn how to operate a reach truck. “I love working here,” explained Adriana. “There is plenty of variety in my work. One day I am driving the reach truck and the next I am an operator on the labelling line. The next day, I am busy teaching other people how to label the bottles.” Of course, not everything is ideal. It is cold in the refrigeration cell, where she has to drive her reach truck. She has to put on a woolly hat and gloves.

        Adriana, daughter of a Filipino mother and Dutch father, only moved to the Netherlands in 2012. You can still hear something of an accent, but beyond that she is completely naturalised. “There was no work for me on the Philippines. And the salary here in the Netherlands is better than over there.” More important for her, however, is that she enjoys her work, no matter how cold it sometimes gets. Because for Adriana, no two days are the same.

        When Michiel starts talking …

        He has been employed at Hoogesteger since 1993. Michiel is now what you call an old hand. He joined the company via an internship. “I was at a school for children with learning difficulties. They sent me to Hoogesteger on an internship, and before I knew what was happening, they offered me a contract and I was allowed to stay on,” explained Michiel.

        If you believe everything he has to tell, it is no surprise that he was offered a job. “Back in the old days, it was really hard work.” He can talk for hours about the early years at Hoogesteger, when the factory was still based in Lijnden. About the hard work in those glory days: Carrying crates, grabbing bottles that had to be thrown up into the attic area, creeping under the filling machine to remove the peel, picking up oranges from the ground that had ‘escaped’ from the drying machine.

        On Friday afternoons, when everything was clean and tidy, the entire workforce would drop in to the local pup Het Hoekje, for a beer. “Wonderful times. Companiable,” said Michiel. He still has fond memories of his first colleagues. Some of them still work at Hoogesteger today, but he also has plenty of anecdotes about ‘Uncle Cor, Uncle Arie and Uncle Joop’, who occupied the shop floor at Hoogesteger, in the early years.

        He is also proud of the fact that he was responsible for making juice for Queen Beatrix. “We sorted out the very best oranges, and the juice was filtered, extra carefully.”

        The work today is no longer as demanding as it was in the Lijnden period. Above all, Michiel is responsible for material supply and discharge. He manages the stock room, tidies away the cardboard and crates and ensures that all the material used in the presses ends up in the right container. He has exchanged his manual pump truck for an EPT; the crusher where he regularly assists is no longer as labour-intensive as it used to be, and he is no longer required to crawl under the machinery.

        “I am happy where I am.” And although he has to start at 4 a.m. every morning, you never hear him complain. “If I want to watch Ajax play, I have a quick nap in the afternoon. Then I’m fit and ready for work the next morning.” All in hall, he is happy to look forward to his next 29 years at Hoogesteger.

        Hoogesteger and society

        Safety for the consumer

        Food safety is of the utmost importance. All of our suppliers are Global Gap and GFSI certified. Food safety is paramount in these certification schemes, as well as in our audits of suppliers. Hoogesteger itself is certified at BRC A grade and IFS higher level, and we have volunteered for unannounced audits. This took place for the first time in 2019. The audit was held again in 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and we even achieved the BRC AA+ and the IFS higher level score again. This demonstrates that we produce our products at the highest level of food safety.

        As little inconvenience as possible, as much pleasure as possible.

        Our production location is situated in a residential area. It is important to us that the residents experience as little inconvenience as possible. To this end, we installed a noise barrier a few years ago, with which we have been able to minimise noise pollution. Around Christmas and Easter, when extra production takes place and transport is coming and going day and night, we provide juices to local residents. In 2021, we started on a weekly clean-up in the streets around our factory. It is our way of helping maintain a clean and tidy neighbourhood.

        Just clean

        We suspect that our own employees and temps occasionally leave litter on the street, and we are not happy about it. It has to be cleaned up. Trash left by other people is also an eyesore. We have therefore decided to make a round of the neighbourhood once a week. Armed with a trash bag and a grabber tool, one office employee and one production worker walk around to pick up coffee cups, cigarette butts and other junk. 

        We started this initiative in 2021, and we have seen nothing but advantages.

        • Hoogesteger’s surroundings look a lot better.
        • Positive reactions from the local residents. We are happy with that, because we want to be a good neighbour.
        • The mutual bond between our employees is strengthened. People who don’t see each other every day come to know and appreciate each other.

        We plan to continue this operation, for the time being.

        Hart voor de zaak

        Hoogesteger is a partner to Hart voor de zaak and last year made a welcome donation. Every year, the Hartstichting foundation invests millions of euros in research into cardiovascular disease, in the search for early recognition of the signs, and treatment opportunities. Our contribution to scientific research will help improve heart safety and heart health in the Netherlands.

        Collecting bottle tops for Kika

        One resident of Zwanenburg, our establishment location, collects bottle tops for the Stichting Kinderen Kankervrij (Kika). All the bottle tops are handed in to a recycling company, and the money received in return goes to Kika. We are delighted to support initiatives of this kind. The Quality Service department at Hoogesteger keeps all the tops from the tested juice bottles, and if any are rejected, they are also collected and sent to the person who started the initiative.

        Working together on CSR

        Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. We are constantly in search of possibilities for innovation in our production techniques. By switching to a new technique for pressing citrus fruit, we have greatly expanded our waste flow of citrus peels, leaving nearly nothing to send for fermentation. Our R&D department is seeking innovations relating to new, healthy ingredients, like organic and vegan products. We are also constantly looking for new possibilities for extracting value from our waste flows. True breakthroughs are realised through collaboration.  With regard to food safety, innovation and knowledge development, we work with a variety of parties, including WUR, Eurofins, Allergen Consultancy, KTBA, Normec, FWS and the Duurzame Adviseurs.

        Extracting value from waste streams

        Since 2019, we have been participating in a project, in collaboration with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR) and a number of other companies. The objective of the project is to use pectin and chitin from waste streams to make functional, high-value ingredients for food, as well as for domestic purposes and personal care. This corresponds to our CSR objective of extracting the greatest possible value from our waste streams. In addition to making waste streams available to this project, we contribute €10,000 each year.


        MVO Nederland

        To stay abreast of specific developments in the area of CSR and to come into contact with other parties who are interested in continuing to invest in these efforts, we have joined MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands).

        Our CSR Team


        Over time, CSR has become firmly embedded within our organisation. All departments contribute to these efforts, and good ideas are proposed by our employees. We are therefore very pleased with the results that we have achieved in 2020, and that we have presented in this, our fourth CSR annual report. We would like to thank everyone, both within and outside of Hoogesteger, for their involvement with and reading of this report. Questions, suggestions and ideas about this report or about CSR in general are always welcome. We would love to hear from you: renate.ludeking@hoogesteger.nl.

        From left to right in the photo: Sanne van de Wiel – NFR Buyer, Frank Kooter – Sourcing Manager RM, Johan van der Veer – Supply Chain & Operations Director, Edo Abels – Managing Director, Nancy van der Louw – HR Manager, Renate Ludeking – SHEQA Manager


        Information on the annual social report

        Commitment GRI

        This annual social report is based on the latest generation of guidelines in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These guidelines have been applied at Core level. The report has been reviewed by the organisation itself, and it has not been verified by external parties. The GRI table is included as an appendix.

        Scope of the report

        This report covers the activities of Hoogesteger in the year 2020. No significant changes have taken place during the reporting period with regard to the size, structure or ownership of the organisation.

        Report frequency

        It is our intention to present a report annually


        If you have questions about this report, please contact Renate Ludeking, SHEQA Manager, renate.ludeking@hoogesteger.nl.