Vestkorn Sustainability

Vestkorn is the leading European producer of ingredients from peas/beans

VESTKORN SUSTAINABILITY

Energy

The history of the company starts in 1855. It all began with the fact that there was a waterfall that could be utilized milling grain to flour. The very first buildings for milling are today a museum, and a water-turbine is instead installed to produce environmentally friendly energy. 10.000 litre of fresh water per second can run through the Francis water-turbine, and this provides more than 1.000 kWh of renewable electrical energy to our plant.

Processing

Vestkorn uses dry mechanical processing without the use of any processing additives or chemical compounds. After a thorough cleaning, the peas and beans are dehulled and kernels are separated from the hull. Then the kernels are milled to a very fine powder. By the help of an air centrifuge, this powder is separated in two fractions, one protein-rich fraction and one fraction rich on starch. These flours are then packed or further processed to add functional benefits. The hull is milled in a wide range of particle sizes and can also be heat treated. Vestkorn offers one of the purest pea fibres available. During the production processes, there are no wastewater and all used materials like paper, metal and wood are all recirculated.

Waste

There are no chemical waste or wastewater from the process. Used materials like paper, metal, glass, wood etc are all recirculated to protect the environment.

Raw material: Peas and Faba beans

Peas and beans have a high nutritional value and health benefits. Not only are they high in proteins, fibres, starches, vitamins and minerals. They are also non-allergenic and environmentally sustainable.

Legumes like peas and beans are plants that contribute to nitrogen fixation, containing symbiotic bacteria called Rhizobia within nodules in their root systems, producing nitrogen compounds. Nitrogen is a major component of protein and a required nutrient for plants. Peas or beans, or other legumes, in the crop rotation usually lead to lower needs for mineral and organic nitrogen fertilisers, which contribute to 25% of the total direct greenhouse gas emissions by agriculture in the EU*.

Incorporating legumes like peas and beans into long-term crop rotation systems also provides some positive effects on soil conditions. Soil carbon plays a key role in the carbon cycle, soil fertility and plant development. Thus it is important in global climate models and agricultural systems.

Higher yields are observed for crops following peas and beans. Yields of wheat, maize or rapeseed can be up by 10 % compared to following a cereal. The quality of cereals is also improved (e.g. higher protein contents or lower mycotoxins contamination) when following pea and beans.

Including peas or beans in crop rotation also lower pest pressure by constituting a break in several pest cycles affecting cereals.Most legumes are very attractive to bees and often play the role of refuge for other wildlife, and can therefore, have a positive effect on biodiversity in low-input agricultural systems.

* Pérez Domínguez, I. et al (2016): An economic assessment of GHG mitigation policy options for EU agriculture (EcAMPA 2). JRC Science for Policy Report.

Transportation

Pulses are supplied by vessels in large cargoes. These vessels are only allowed to use fuel with low content of sulphur. This reduces the pollution per ton of raw material transported and also reduces the traffic on the roads implying other negative consequences like dust pollution, noise pollution and traffic accidents. Finished Vestkorn ingredients can be transported by both trucks in vessels or by container freight, depending on customers wish.

GDPR

VESTKORN PERSONAL DATA AND COOKIE POLICY

Personal data and cookie policy

The purpose of this privacy policy is to help you gain an understanding as to what data we collect, why we collect it and what we do with it. This is important in order for us to comply with the conditions set out in the new personal data ordinance (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

GDPR establishes a new framework for how personal data is processed and how we think about our right to privacy. The purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation is to strengthen and unify data protection rules and rights for the benefit of EU citizens. It applies to all organizations within the EU and to organizations outside the EU which deliver goods or services to the EU, or which use tracking technologies (such as cookies or tracking pixels) to monitor the behaviour of EU citizens.

1. Personal data

What we collect and why We offer certain functions on our website that is only available via the use of tracking technologies. You can always block, delete or deactivate these technologies if your browser allows you to do so. However, if you disable cookies or other similar technologies, you may be unable to use certain functions or tools.

Generally, these technologies allow our website to save relevant data in your browser or device and then later read these data so that our servers or internal systems can identify you. Where appropriate, we protect our cookies and other similar technologies to ensure that only we and/or our authorized service providers can interpret them. We do this by assigning them a unique identifier that is designed to be read only by us. Personal data is used to complete the service which the data was collected for. The data is also used to gain knowledge of you and other users of the site. This use may include surveys and analysis aimed at improving our products, services and technologies.

1.1 Cookies

By using this website, you accept our cookies policy.
Like many other websites, this website uses cookies. Cookies enable us to deliver a better user experience regarding the website’s functions. Many functions on the website are reliant upon the storage and use of cookies, and therefore you cannot expect the website to work properly if you decide to disable cookies. We process data collected by cookies and other technologies as non-personal data. To the extent that IP addresses or other identifiers are regarded as personal data under current legislation, we also process such identifiers as personal data. Similarly, we process combined data as personal data in connection with this privacy policy to the extent that non-personal data is combined with personal data.

1.2.1 What are cookies?

A cookie is a file that the browser stores on your computer. This makes it possible for the website to recognize your computer and recall the choices that you have made previously. E.g. language settings. Cookies cannot spread computer viruses or other malicious programs. Cookies delete themselves after a certain number of months (can vary), but they are renewed each time you visit the website. Cookies cannot identify who you are, what you are called, where you live or if your computer is used by one or several people. If you provide personal data to a website, however, then a cookie can be used to remember you the next time you visit the website.

1.2.2 This website uses the following cookies:

Functionalities cookies:
_gcl_au – 3 months The purpose of this cookie is to optimize the functionality of the website.

Statistics Cookies:
Google Analytics _ga-2 years
This cookie from Google is used to monitor traffic on our website and to track each visitor's number of visits, the time of the first visit, previous visits and the Current visits._gid-deleted when the browser closes This cookie is used to track how long the visitor spends on the website.

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Cookie settings

1.2.3 Tag Manager

We endeavour to constantly improve the customer experience on our website by providing our visitors with more personal and targeted messages. To do this, we use Google Tag Manager (GTM).

GTM is a small snippet of code that helps us track user behaviour across our websites and then push the data to our Google Analytics account. All data is then perfectly organized and ready to be analysed and help facilitate potential improvements of our website and remarketing campaigns.

We consider Google to be a third-party data processor (see section two below).

1.2.4 How can I disable the use of cookies on websites?

No matter which browser you use, you can adjust your browser settings so that it will not store cookies. Some browsers only allow you to adjust this setting for certain websites.

1.3 Newsletters

If you choose to sign up to our email newsletter, then the email address that you send to us will be passed on to our MailChimp account, which is the company that provides our email marketing services. We consider MailChimp to be a third-party data processor.

Your email address will remain on our database and in Mailchimp's database for as long as we continue using MailChimp services for email marketing or until you specifically request that you are removed from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing via the unsubscribe link that is included in our newsletter, or by requesting removal via email. When requesting removal via email, be sure to send the email to us using the email account that is subscribed to the newsletter mailing list.

You can at any time unsubscribe to our newsletter. Either by contacting us or by following the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletters.

2. Our third-party data processors

We use a range of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties have been carefully selected. Read more about them on their respective websites.
Google (Privacy Policy)
Tag Manager (Google Privacy Policy)
MailChimp (Privacy Policy)

3. Data breaches

We will report any illegal data violations of this website’s database by one of our third-party data processors to all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours from the time of the breach in cases where it appears that personal data that has been stored in an identifiable way has been stolen.

4. Data management

Data management on this website is undertaken by:

Norway
Vestkorn Milling AS
Kvernvejen 62
N-4120 Tau
T: +47 51740300

Danmark
Vestkorn A/S
F.L. Hansens Vej 6
DK-7500 Holstebro

5. Right to access and right to be forgotten

You can withdraw your consent at any time.
Please contact us if you wish to withdraw your consent, request access to personal data on you that is stored in our databases or if you would like to have your personal data deleted from our databases. We will respond to your request without undue delay (and in all cases within one month from receipt of your request; although this can be extended for difficult cases).

Norway
Vestkorn Milling AS
Kvernvejen 62
N-4120 Tau
T: +47 51740300

Danmark
Vestkorn A/S
F.L. Hansens Vej 6
DK-7500 Holstebro

When we receive a privacy question or a request for access/download, we have a dedicated team which sorts through contacts and which seeks to address the specific concerns or queries. If your problem is more substantial, we may contact you for more information.

6. Questions regarding our privacy policy and cookie policy

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy or data processing, or if you want to complain about a possible breach of legislation on the protection of personal data, we ask that you contact us at:

Norway
Vestkorn Milling AS
Kvernvejen 62
N-4120 Tau
T: +47 51740300

Danmark
Vestkorn A/S
F.L. Hansens Vej 6
DK-7500 Holstebro