Our people, products and sites
It all starts with our people – they are the ones who
make us who we are and the best ambassadors of our
business. While we work across a number of countries
and sites, we all share the same belief: to make the
world of food a little healthier and more sustainable
We aim to be a good employer to our employees. We invest in their
training and education and in making them more engaged in and
knowledgeable about healthy and sustainable food.
Our head office and the Wessanen Benelux team are located in
Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Our other country offices are based
in Lyon and Paris (France), Camberley (UK), Bremen (Germany) and
Badia Polesine and Viadana (Italy). We currently also operate five
production facilities in three countries.
We consider ourselves a family of companies.
Where our products are made
We operate five production facilities in three countries,
where we produce Tea, Dairy Alternatives, Breakfast
Cereals, Sweet Spreads and Sweet Snacks, among other
Our production facilities are all certified organic and produce in
accordance with IFS and BRC standards. In line with the requirement
of organic for “careful processing”, our production is often somewhat
smaller scale and more ‘personal’ than at traditional food
In Germany, our site in Drebber in the middle of an idyllic country
side produces Breafast Cereals, Sweet Spreads and Sweet Snacks.
Our factory in Freiburg is specialising in the making of vegetarian
In Italy, we have our own organic fields where, on 700 hectares of
land, we grow oats, spelt and sunflowers. They go into our Dairy
Alternatives drinks made in our production facility in Badia Polesine,
Our second Italian site in Viadana is focused on soy- and other
cereal and nut-based drinks. All the soy we use comes from Italy.
Both sites are making some of the highest quality and tastiest
drinks in the industry.
Passion for products is also very visible at our tea production plant
in Beaminster (Dorset, UK). Our team of blenders and sourcing
managers have worked there for decades, have visited many times
all cooperatives that grow our tea and produce some of the best
tea available in the UK and beyond.
Our people care passionately about healthy and sustainable food,
and this is also what draws so many prospective employees to
our company. We encourage our people to promote awareness of
a healthy and sustainable diet within the organisation and beyond.
Our Organic Day and Veggie Thursday are just two of the events we
organise in this regard, along with a number of community-related
activities we undertake at all our sites on an ongoing basis.
Our management development policy offers our employees plenty
of scope for personal development. Retaining experienced and
talented staff is a priority and we strive to hold on to our best people
and keep overall staff turnover levels low.
It is a given that we provide equal opportunities for current and
future employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual
orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities and
The Executive Board, supported by the Supervisory Board, values
the importance of a diversified workforce.
We are in the business of making high-quality products.
We produce a significant number of them in our own
production facilities using state-of-the-art technology
and complying with common accreditations such as
IFS and BRC. We also apply the relevant ISO standards.
Some of our products are manufactured for us by
selected third parties, and we always make sure
potential suppliers are subjected to a careful auditing
When we develop products, we always aim to offer the best
possible taste, texture and nutritional profile to our markets and
we conduct extensive internal and external tasting and testing
sessions. We monitor the performance of our new products in the
market to check whether they meet the consumer’s expectations.
We continually and rigorously manage the quality of our products
via a risk-based monitoring system. Legal and regulatory
compliance, food safety, our own quality standards and nutritional
policies are key aspects we check and manage. We are in touch
with consumers via our consumer care centres and investigate any
issues that are brought to our attention. Extra attention is given to
fraud prevention, again based on screening the risk associated
with certain sourcing countries, types of commodities or supplier
The mission of our Quality team is to be a proactive, effective and
passionate partner from farm to fork. Our vision is to ‘Delight and
never disappoint our consumers’.