Royal Van Zanten achieves MPS certification and completed pilot in South Africa

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The Royal van Zanten site in Rijsenhout (the Netherlands) achieved the MPS GAP and MPS SQ certifications in May 2024. It complements the existing MPS-A status.The laboratory in South Africa is now MPS-C certified, successfully completing a pilot program under the supervision of MPS with support from Wageningen University & Research.

“A sustainable operation is very important to us. We are ambitious when it comes to crop protection reduction, and quality is one of our core values. We are not only working on the best product, but are also constantly optimizing and making our processes more sustainable,” says Maurice van der Meer, Production Manager at Van Zanten Breeding.

Left: Maurice van der Meer, Production Manager at Van Zanten Breeding BV.
Right:Edmund Timm, Manager Commerce, Marketing & Communication at MPS

According to Royal van Zanten, the desire to become more sustainable is shared by the company’s international staff. In its manifesto, ‘We care, so we act’, a group of employees drew up the company’s sustainability vision on behalf of them all.

The Royal van Zanten team states: “The new MPS-SQ status stands for ‘Socially Qualified’. This certificate demonstrates that Royal van Zantenmeets international health and safety requirements. MPS-GAP is relevant in the chain, especially with international retailers. It means that Royal van Zanten meets requirements in areas such as traceability, environment, plant protection products and recall procedures.”

Martijn Swinkels, Director of Production & Logistics: “The MPS-ABC certification for the laboratory in South Africa is something we are very proud of. Not many labs are MPS certified yet, and we are extremely proud that our colleagues in South Africa managed to achieve this status. With the MPS-C certification, we also have a better understanding of our own environmental impact in South Africa and can therefore focus even better on reducing it. In the coming years, the scheme of MPS will be further developed. In doing so, we support MPS.”

According to Royal van Zanten, achieving MPS certification is an important step in their sustainability journey. Full MPS certification for all sites by 2025 is one of the sustainability goals the company is setting itself. The sustainability targets set by the company and its annual status can be found in Royal van Zanten ‘s annual ESG report.

For more information:
Royal van Zanten
Lavendelweg 15
1435 EW Rijsenhout, the Netherlands
Tel. : +31 (0)297 387000

Middel Broekweg 29, 2675 KB
Honselersdijk, the Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)174 615 715

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