“We source sustainable raw materials, we seek to minimise the environmental impactof our production activities, we are developing more natural and healthier recipes that give our customers a competitive advantage and that offer consumers eating pleasure with a clear conscience, and we promote employee training and development.”
Excellence in Food is derived from craftsmanship and the recipes and processes we use to make our products and in particular on the agricultural raw materials we start with. Demand for products made with locally sourced raw materials is steadily increasing. Consumers are displaying an increasing sensitivity to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing practices. We are, therefore, continuously expanding our range of regional products. With imported raw materials, we guarantee quality and sustainability by applying extremely strict controls and standards. Respect towards farm animals is a non-negotiable criterion of our sourcing policy.
Consumers are showing greater interest in the origin of food products and the ingredients they are made with. Therefore ORIOR pledges highest transparency with regard to product certifications and the declaration of product information. It is essential these days that products are certified to indicate their origin, method of production and quality. Customers look for these certificates and base purchasing decisions on them. ORIOR sources and refines a wide range of products with such certificates.
Wherever possible and sourceable, the raw materials purchased by ORIOR Group’s competence centres will come from regional or local producers. More than two-thirds of all the pork and beef we processed during the year under review was sourced from Swiss farmers. In principle ORIOR would like to buy even more Swiss meat, but availability, especially for poultry, is limited. ORIOR seeks partnerships with foreign producers who agree to comply with Swiss food production standards to alleviate this situation. Fredag for example has sought out partners who are not only prepared to base their poultry rearing on Swiss animal welfare rules, but who can also guarantee compliance with the higher BTS (Besonders Tierfreundlichen Stallhaltung) standard. The project is supported and monitored by Swiss animal welfare organisation Schweizer Tierschutz (STS).
Agricultural raw materials sourced from suppliers in foreign countries are subject to special inspections. Whenever possible, we will seek to establish strong ties with local producers through a partnership agreement which allows us to exert influence on their production standards. To ensure sustainability and quality, we audit all of our suppliers on a regular basis. An immediate warning will be issued to any supplier that fails to attain or adhere to our strict guidelines and standards. Remedial action must be quickly taken, otherwise all sourcing from the supplier in question will be terminated.
As befits an organisation that embraces genuine tradition and craftsmanship, the ORIOR Refinement segment sources most of the raw materials it processes from Swiss producers. Albert Spiess, for example, buys the entire available supply of beef hindquarters produced in Switzerland; exclusively Swiss beef and pork is used for the “Rapelli” and “Ticinella” brands with the exception of one product, and Rapelli even uses herbs and spices from Ticino in many of its products. Möfag strengthened its “Fürstenländer Spezialitäten” brand and its commitment to the region by introducing many new recipes with a local touch.