Westlandpeppers has a passion for growing beautiful, natural and healthy products. We do this by growing and doing business in an innovative, sustainable and market-oriented way. We are constantly developing new and improved products. Every year we grow new varieties and breeds so that we can offer a wide range with the best quality
We are also committed to reducing food waste. For example, we deliver to the food bank every week and turn the ‘less’ beautiful products into sauces. We also dry products in a special dry cell at our location in ‘s-Gravenzande. By using this class 2 chillies we try to throw away as few chillies as possible. With this, we want to prevent food waste.
Westlandpeppers wants to work as sustainably as possible in the areas of cultivation, biological control, packaging, energy, water and waste. So that we can provide people with fresh peppers and bell peppers now and in the future with minimal impact on people and the environment.
We use biological crop protection and use it preventively from the very beginning of cultivation. In this way, we control diseases and pests organically; only when a disease or pest gets out of hand and can no longer be controlled with biological crop protection is chemical control used. Our highly experienced greenhouse staff are often able to detect diseases and pests from the very beginning and use biological crop protection to control them. Of course, we prefer not to use chemical crop protection and only do so when necessary and always to a limited extent, due to our varying customer base.
For the packaging of the products, we try to use as much cardboard as possible and to minimize the plastic. Although the use of plastic when packaging the peppers is not useless or unnecessary. It ensures that the products have a longer shelf life. There are various options for cardboard trays and packaging, but in the end, the choice of packaging is up to the customer.
Solar energy is a sustainable way to generate energy. It never runs out and no CO² is emitted when converting solar energy into electricity. That is why we have invested a lot in solar panels in recent years. The roof of the packaging hall and storage building in De Lier was made suitable for solar panels and a total of 1551 solar panels were installed in various phases. The roof at our second location in ‘s-Gravenzande was also made suitable and 394 solar panels were installed there.
The 1945 solar panels generate an average of 550,000 KWh of energy in one year, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of 157 households and approximately 70% of our annual consumption. We use the sustainably generated energy to grow and package the products.
Westlandpeppers has a Heart for Business and is an official Prevention Partner of the Dutch Foundation ‘Hartstichting’. We want to contribute to the mission of the Foundation to make the Netherlands heart healthier and thereby prevent cardiovascular diseases. We are also committed to vitality in the workplace and encourage our employees to lead healthier lives.
Westlandpeppers is in possession of various certificates that show that we work in a (food) safe, hygienic and sustainable way. The certificates are valid for our packaging hall and greenhouses. We also want to create a pleasant working environment for our employees. Westlandpeppers is in possession of these certificates: Global GAP, GRASP, IFS Food (highest level), Skal bio & PlanetProof
The PlanetProof certificate, which we obtained in 2018, shows that we comply with supra-statutory requirements. And thereby contribute to cleaner air, good water quality, circular waste processing and sustainable use of energy.
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