Wollsdorf, Austria-headquartered organic dry goods products specialist Estyria Naturprodukte GmbH has announced that it is now certified to use ‘biocyclic vegan agriculture’ quality label.
The company owns several well-known brands – Steirerkraft, Wertvoll and MUTTER NATUR among them – and is a renowned specialist in the organic sector, and is noted for its wide range of dry goods, pulses, mushrooms, bakery seeds and cereals. Wertvoll and MUTTER NATUR are important organic brands.
Estyria says its recent certification as a biocyclic vegan producer serves to underline its commitments to quality, regionality and sustainability.
Estyria was one of the first food processing businesses in Europe to receive this certification and it can now proudly bear the ‘biocyclic vegan agriculture’ quality label.
Biocyclic vegan agriculture is a purely plant-based organic farming sometimes known as ‘veganic’.
Explaining the approach, Estyria says: “Being vegan is increasingly being seen as a lifestyle and goes far beyond not consuming animal products. It is about a plant-based circular economy and has big potential for a growing customer group. In Germany alone there are already 1.2 million vegans, and the number is rising steadily.
“A professional certification system and the ‘biocyclic vegan agriculture’ quality label guarantee purely plant-based organic farming. In short, it means that only vegan principles are applied at all levels of the value chain. Some of the requirements involved go beyond those of the EU organic label and the vegan label. For example, biocyclic vegan food production excludes all commercial livestock farming and slaughtering of animals and does not use any inputs of animal origin. The manufacture of animal feed, for use in meat or milk production or elsewhere, is also banned. Special emphasis is also placed on the promotion of biodiversity and on humus build-up.”
Estyria says it is now able to offer biocyclic vegan certified beans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, winter wheat, soya beans and rye. The biocyclic vegan quality label on the products as they are sold identifies the products as vegan from the field.