GNT unveils major report on driving sector sustainability

Netherlands-based colouring foods group GNT has released a key new report exploring its key drive to become a leader on delivering sustainability within in its field, writes Neill Barston.

As the business explained to Confectionery Production, it produces  more than 11,500 metric tons of its Exberry concentrates from edible fruit, vegetables, and plants, which are used across a wide array of sectors including within confectionery and snacks.

Its global output is reportedly enough to colour a total of over 40 billion servings of food and drink.

Consequently, in order to ensure the company, which has enjoyed notable success with product segments including gums and jellies colouring, is fit for the future, it has unveiled a sustainability roadmap for 2030 to optimise its environmental and social impacts across its global operations.

The full plans feature in GNT’s new ‘Sustainability Report 2021,’ which also includes detailed information on its performance last year.

Frederik Hoeck, Managing Director at GNT Group B.V., said: “Since GNT was founded in 1978, we’ve been revolutionising the food colouring industry with our plant-based Exberry solutions.

“Today, we’re known for offering the most natural solutions on the market. We now want to take this to the next level and lead the industry in sustainability too. As a family business, sustainability and caring for future generations have always been part of our DNA.”

Moreover, as the business noted, its sustainability strategy is built around four key pillars: better products, better operations, better agriculture, and better for people. It features a total of 17 targets for 2030, including cutting the Product Environmental Footprint for Exberry product ranges by 25% and reducing the intensity of factories’ CO2-equivalent emissions by at least 50%.

Furthermore, due to its strong vertical integration, the company will soon be in a position to report on greenhouse gas emissions for 80% of Exberry products. Covering scopes 1, 2 and 3, this data will provide important advantages for food and beverage brands as it will enable them to calculate final products’ total environmental footprint.

Rutger de Kort, Sustainability Manager at GNT Group B.V., said: “We’re positioning our Exberry brand as the most sustainable food colouring solution on the market. GNT is committed to driving industry standards higher than ever before by providing colours that deliver on cost-in-use, performance, naturalness, and sustainability. Achieving our goals won’t be easy, but we’re already making excellent progress across multiple areas.” To read a full copy of its report visit:

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