Sustainability – now and in the future

As a family business, long-term thinking to make sure we are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable is natural for us. We want to continue baking bread for many generations to come and care about our common resources and the environment.

Our focus areas

Our priorities within sustainability are based on where we can make the biggest impact both now and in the future. We think this is more important than focusing on specific efforts. Our two most important areas are:

  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable Swedish agriculture. We do this by choosing local flour grown according to tough requirements and actively participating in developing more sustainable cereals.

  • A long-term view on our circular system and continuously striving to use as much of the left-over products as possible. We work hard to prevent food waste in all parts of our product lifecycles.

Other important   sustainability areas in brief

Sustainable products

Studies show that bread is one of the most climate-smart foods. Most of bread's climate impact comes from the ingredients we use. Our best opportunity to reduce environmental impact is to work with our suppliers to find climate-saving measures - which is one of our priority areas.

Bread also has positive health aspects. It gives you energy, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. The most important advantage is giving your body whole grain that helps prevent several of our major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. Most of us eat too little whole grains. You can only get whole grain by eating food from cereal products.

Sustainability in stores and in homes

Shops, customers and ourselves want fresh, sustainable products produced in a way that minimizes environmental impact. We all have a commitment and a responsibility to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away. Our prime contributions are

  •  Reusing unsold bread
  •  Helping reduce food waste in homes

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Sustainability in our bakeries

All the electricity we use comes from renewable energy sources. In recent years we have made efforts to use less energy in the bakeries. We reuse heat from the ovens and have improved solutions for cooling and lighting. As a result, energy consumption per produced consumer packaging is now 12% lower.

We strive to keep our levels of waste down and they are at comparatively low level. However, some waste is inevitable. This becomes a part of our circular system as we use it in our own yeast factory.

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We believe that food production where people live should be something natural. We work continuously to reduce noise and have routines to minimize emissions in water and air. Pågen also works actively to create sustainable solutions that enable different parts of society to cooperate in the local environment.

Clear requirement on raw materials

We support the development of sustainable Swedish agriculture by choosing Swedish raw materials as far as possible, and by working to develop new Swedish sustainable grain varieties ourselves. For us it’s important to place high demands on the farmers we buy grain from. We do not allow sludge fertilizer or straw-shortened wheat.

Pågen has a close, long-term cooperation with a few selected suppliers who live up to our terms and conditions. The ingredients we use should be produced in a sustainable way. We follow up on this through a close dialogue and through recurring controls. When we develop new products, we make careful evaluations of new ingredients and their origin.

We use no preservatives in bread, no genetically modified ingredients and have a restrictive use of additives. In few cases we use palm oil in some of our pastry and Swedish toasts to improve taste, shelf life and texture. We choose sustainable palm oil (certified segregated) in accordance with WWF's recommendations. Only a few of our products contain eggs. During 2019 we will switch to eggs wholly from free-range chickens.

We constantly evaluate our packaging solutions and have a long-term goal of using renewable and degradable materials.

Efficient deliveries

Transport accounts for a small part of bread's total climate impact, about 6 percent. We strive to manage transport as climate-smart as possible, by making sure we deliver in minimum mileage. We regularly exchange our vehicles to more environmentally friendly and more fuel-efficient alternatives and increase the use of renewable fuel. Our salespeople are regularly trained in eco-driving and in efficient planning of car loading.

Our system of taking back unsold bread to make yeast is carried out by our salespeople who deliver bread and bring back unsold bread on the same route. This ensures we don’t drive extra miles.

Pågen has expanded cooperation with the Swedish Transport Company regarding Fair Transport for all purchased transport in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Fair Transport is an initiative that aims to highlight sound transport from responsible companies who drive safely, think climate-smart and offer good working conditions.

Good working environment

A good working environment where our employees feel good is important to us. A systematic process for work environment issues is a natural part of our business. We continuously examine our work environment, assess risks, address problems and follow up.

Our values are the foundation of everything we do; commitment, courage, responsibility and togetherness. We do not accept any forms of discrimination, bullying or harassment. In recruitment, we always consider diversity together with the skills our business needs.

To feel good it is important to exercise and do things together. We work proactively with various health-promoting initiatives and have a generous wellness program for our employees.

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