Spillage of food is a major aspect that conflicts with sustainability and hunger. Extending its shelf life is an opportunity to reduce this spillage and contribute to the quality of life of people. It is obvious that food safety is to be guaranteed under all circumstances. This is the core business of SF&DS: designing, building and servicing equipment that extends the shelf life and utilizes processes that are safe and sound for operator and environment.
Our ambition is being a top 3 player worldwide in UHT Processing and Aseptic Filling for the Neutraceutical, Dairy & Juice industry. The way to achieve this position is providing our customers with equipment and support that comply with relevant laws and regulations and with our clients’ expectations. This business approach must result in an optimal financial performance for our customers and our company in order to secure continuity for both parties.
Innovation and development are the core of our success. They play an essential role in our business activities. At an average R&D budget of about 8% of our sales the last 3 years we are amongst the leading companies in our competitive playing field. Competitors show R&D budgets below or around 4% of their sales.
R&D has taken a very important position in our organization. Our philosophy changed towards "first develop (for a market) and then sell". A business process has been defined on how developments are executed. Fixed resources are continuously assigned to the R&D management organization.
All our R&D activities are executed with sustainability and the 3 P’s (Product, People, Profit) in mind. The design of our equipment is constantly focussed on:
- reducing the energy consumption of the equipment, resulting in less environmental impact and less cost,
- reducing water usage, resulting in less environmental impact and less cost,
- extending the Mean Time Between CIP (Cleaning In Place), resulting in more productivity,
- decreasing the time required for a CIP, resulting in more productivity,
- decreasing the amount of CIP fluids required, resulting in less environmental impact and less cost eliminating the need for rinsing
- bottles on the aseptic fillers by making use of dry decontamination processes, thus considerably reducing the amount of effluents used
- the usage of recyclable materials in our equipment (Cradle to Cradle)
- transport with reusable packaging
SF&DS experiences the responsibility to internationally contributing to the improvement of the hygienics of food processing equipment. For that reason SF&DS is a founding member of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG). Our Director of the Board is a member of the Executive Committee.
Corporate Social Responsability
As business is globalizing SF&DS recognizes the need to collaborate and partner with companies in fair trade. Social, political and economic challenges (and opportunities) — whether occurring at home or in other regions — affect business more than ever before.
The United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. SF&DS joined the Global Compact because we share the conviction that business practices rooted in universal principles contribute to a more stable and inclusive global market and help build prosperous and thriving societies. We accepted the 10 principles, translated them into our Rules of Conduct and implemented them in our daily business activities.
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To view the "SF&DS Statement UN Global Compact", click here