Since its foundation in 1867, Molenbergnatie has grown into the world’s leading supply chain management company for coffee, cocoa and other soft commodities such as rice, dairy and nuts. With headquarters in Antwerp, Molenbergnatie has expanded to Barcelona (Spain). Molenbergnatie offers a complete logistics service package, handled by professionally trained staff. Our variety of services includes forwarding, processing, customs declaration, warehousing and distribution.
Working with Molenbergnatie guarantees transparent, pro-active and cost-effective cooperation with a partner who is ready to meet your specific needs and ambitions. In short, we put our weight behind your trade.
Our aim is to become the preferred provider for warehousing and related supply chain services in the field of soft commodities, such as coffee, cocoa, rice and nuts.
Food safety is a culture, not a program
International, organic standards vary in their strictness. To ensure imported components of Bud-labelled products meet the strict Bio Suisse requirements, farmers and processors abroad must also comply with the Bio Suisse Standards. This compliance is monitored by the LCI (the Label Commission Import), on the basis of inspection reports, issued by local inspection bodies.
The certificate acts as additional security for consumers and/or users. In organic farming, for instance, this implies the assistance of a great number of actors such as qualified staff, a local or regional network and specific tools. The aim is to guarantee conformity and traceability to European, American or Japanese standards.
ISO 9001:2015 has been firmly established as the globally accepted standard to ensure the quality of goods and services in supplier-customer relations. It provides a set of standard requirements for a quality management system, regardless of the company's activities and scope.
ISO 22000 specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. Any organization involved in the food sector must demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards to ensure all food remains safe for human consumption.
Through its ISO 22000 certification Molenbergnatie NV demonstrates:
- its implementation of food safety management, which is carefully monitored, maintained and updated in order to deliver a safe product to the consumers;
- its compliance with statutory and regulatory food safety requirements;
- its assessment and evaluation of customer food safety requirements, to improve customer satisfaction;
- it effectively shares information related to food safety with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the food chain;
- its compliance with prescribed food safety policy, which is subsequently demonstrated to the relevant stakeholder;
In 2023 Molenbergnatie was certified acording to the FSSC-22000 normation. See FSSC-22000.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international organization that sets standards. The organization is a collaboration of national standardization organizations in 163 countries. ISO develops new standards whenever sectors and shareholders express a clear need for them.
ISO 14001 is the internationally accepted standard with requirements for an environmental management system that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization. The environmental management system is used to develop an environmental policy that is appropriate for the organization and to guarantee its implementation.
As a socially responsible company, Molenbergnatie subscribes to the principles of the ‘Ethical Trading Initiative’ reflected in the EIT base code. The ETI Base Code was founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognized code of labour practices.
The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, two of the world's leading sustainability certification organizations, have joined forces to continue under the name Rainforest Alliance. Since the merger, the UTZ certification program and the Rainforest Alliance Certified program have run in parallel. Simultaneously, the new agricultural standard was developed which builds on the strengths of both organizations and decades of combined experience. The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. They are building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The goal is to achieve sustainable agricultural supply chains in which:
- Consumers buy products that meet their standards in social and environmental responsibility.
- The industry takes responsibility by demanding and sourcing sustainably grown products
- The farmers are trained to be professional;
Transition from ISO 22000 : 2018 to FSSC-22000 Food safety management system
Molenbergnatie Antwerp has been ISO-22000 certified since January 2014. In 2023 we made the transition to FSSC-22000.
With this certification, we not only demonstrate that we have integrated our quality management system ISO 9001 with our food safety management system, but in doing so we expanded the ISO 22000 standard for food safety management systems, covering the HACCP principles according to the Codex Alimentarius, with 2 additional benefits.
On the one hand, the FSSC 22000 scheme is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) based on an annual benchmarking process, opening up more opportunities for FSSC 22000-certified organizations. And secondly, FSSC 22000 has a robust integrity program that assures the delivery of trust within the consumer goods industry. With this we combine generally recognized core components to guarantee food safety in the food chain and we can meet customer food safety requirements of the most diverse product categories.
Our customers are likely to benefit from interactive communication, mastery of food safety management through compliance programs and HACCP plans, and a possible improvement and update of our food safety management system.
Our certified activities were now described as follows: “Storage and transport of food and non-food products”
We also hope to maintain the confidence of our customers, suppliers and stakeholders in our risk management.
FLO-CERT / MAX HAVELAAR
As many other countries have initiatives with a similar goal and method, the Max Havelaar label is now being used in approximately 23 countries, for products originating from about 55 countries. One and a half million farmers and workers directly benefit from the organization. It is affiliated with the international Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) and its products carry the Fairtrade Mark (the international version of the Max Havelaar label).
Fairtrade is a global certification and verification body, first set up in 2003 to independently certify Fairtrade products. Its aim is to establish a fairer global trade. Fairtrade uses its experience and expertise to help producers, traders and brands to use fair practices across supply chains.
FLO-Cert and Fairtrade Max Havelaar only directly certify producers, importers, traders and manufacturers. As Molenbergnatie is a warehouse keeper, it can only be certified by FLO-cert as per request and at the initiative of individual market participants.
Intercontinental Exchange® (ICE-US / ICE-EU) operates global commodity and financial products marketplaces, including the world’s leading electronic energy markets and soft commodity exchange.
ICE’s diverse futures and over-the-counter (OTC) markets offer access to contracts on crude oil and refined products, natural gas, power and emissions, as well as agricultural commodities such as cocoa, coffee, cotton, ethanol, orange juice, wood pulp and sugar. It also deals with foreign currency and equity index futures and options.
The Federation is now in a leading position to respond to the challenges posed by today's complex cocoa supply chain. It complies to the highest standards of discretion, fairness and integrity in business conduct and in relationships with members and third parties. FCC is actively involved with many initiatives that address issues of sustainability, quality standards, transport and warehousing, finance and socio-economic conditions which have an impact upon the cocoa trade and industry.