The Pluimveeslachterij G.P. Remkes B.V. Sustainability Label
Remkes incorporates into its business practices fair, transparent trade, responsible animal care, and respect for the environment and human and animal health as logical principles. It is our belief that the best way to reduce costs in the product supply chain, while generating maximum value for suppliers, distributors and consumers, is through cooperation with partners. Based on that belief, we have entered into a partnership with Novi-Pluim, an organisation of poultry farmers and carefully selected loaders and transporters.
The key objectives of the NoviPlus sustainability programme are presented below.
We worked together with Novi-Pluim, with additional input from the Animal Sciences Group at Wageningen University and civil society organisations such as Solidaridad and Natuur en Milieu, to develop the NoviPlus sustainability programme.
NoviPlus sets standards for breeding establishments and slaughterhouses in terms of animal health and welfare, human health (use of antibiotics) and environmental quality. All of the companies affiliated with the programme are inspected and certified annually by a certification institute (CBD/Verin).
Remkes will continue to proactively roll out initiatives that add value to our products for both clients and the end consumer in the future. That is what we do.
- We want to go beyond what conventional companies do, which is why we stipulate the voluntary national ICC criteria as minimum requirements
- Our animals are intended for the production of offspring
- The animals reach the age of 60 weeks
- There is an even ratio between cocks and hens
- The animals can move about freely
- Housing capacity is a maximum of 7 hens/m²
- Nesting boxes are provided for the hens to retreat to in peace
- The houses contains elevated roosting sites
- Diversionary activities and toys are provided
- Grain is scattered so the animals can scratch about to their hearts’ content
- A ventilation system ensures that the climate is pleasant and controlled
No stress or pain
- Transport times to the slaughterhouse and waiting times once there are minimised
- Animals are killed painlessly with CO2 stunning, the most advanced stunning method
- Regimen of hygiene measures in the pens
- Use of dry bedding, which fosters a healthy housing climate
- Annual inspection of the ventilation system by an expert in controlled climates for poultry houses
- Information related to the health and welfare of the animals is recorded at the slaughterhouse and fed back to the poultry farmer, who can then take the appropriate measures
- The set of standards is modified as new developments arise in the industry
- The goal is ‘zero’ use, with an absolute maximum of five doses (DDDAF) of antibiotics for breeding establishments
- Limit ammonium emissions
- Limit energy and water use
- Integrating into the environment
- Stimulate local poultry farming in Africa (Ghana) in collaboration with Solidaridad
- Audits and certification by CDB/Verin for breeders and slaughterhouses
Involvement of independent third parties
- NGOs such as Solidaridad and Natuur en Milieu were actively involved in setting up and monitoring the programme
Demonstrable sustainable operations
- Annual sustainability report
- Adherence to the ETI code (ETI = Ethical Trading Initiative)
- Richer meat taste
- More structure, better bite
- Better water retention; no water is released in processing or preparation
- Extremely well suited for the production of sausages and processed meats
- Delicious ingredient in salads, soups, ragouts and convenience products