Our Supply Chain
Food security and safety is at the core of everything we do, with traceability and ethical sourcing of all raw material the cornerstones of our approach.
We are focused on building vibrant, diverse supply chains that increase the prosperity of the communities from which we buy. For our Dairy, Nutrition and Taste businesses, this means operating an integrated, mutually beneficial and sustainable supply chain from the farms of our supplier shareholders, all the way to our customers and consumers.
Conducting our business in an honest and ethical manner is key to maintaining our license to operate and safeguardingthe strong reputation we have established. We want to work in partnership with likeminded suppliers to jointly improve our performance on quality, efficiency and environmental impact.
We are members of Sedex, an ethical data platform where buyers, suppliers and auditors store, share and report on supply chain information. Sedex aids transparency and helps to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Our milk supply chain
We recognise the importance of keeping pace with all new sustainability developments in farming and actively share these with our supplier farmers. By upskilling our farmer shareholders to engage with the issue of sustainability, we help strengthen their businesses and improve the resilience of our supply chain.
Ireland’s unique climate provides dairy farmers with an advantageous environment for sustainable farming. Up to 80% of land is used to grow grass so that cows can graze naturally outdoors for up to 10 months of the year and since Ireland has the longest grass growing season in the world, cows still enjoy a grass-fed diet (silage) for the reminder of the year.
Milk Quality and Sustainability Awards
The Carbery Milk Quality Awards have been running since 2004 and recognise our commitment to milk quality and sustainability. The awards recognise our farmers’ commitment to supplying quality milk of the highest standard. The Sustainability Awards highlight the growing ambition of our farmers to produce sustainable dairy products while maintaining and nurturing the land around them.
Our milk pool is also approved by Bord Bia’s Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS), a national, independently accredited, sustainability and quality assurance scheme. On-farm dairy audits support our priorities in areas such as traceability, environment, biodiversity, animal health and welfare. Download the Assurance Standard here.
Working with Industry Partners
Project Non GMO
All Carbery cheeses and whey protein ingredients sold in the US, are approved by the Non GMO Project’s Product Verification Programme.
Our Flavours Supply Chain
While our Dairy business requires very few raw materials, our Taste business (Synergy Flavours) requires small amounts of a huge array of different ingredients to make our many different products.
Synergy procures vanilla beans through sustainable sources that prioritize the well-being and livelihood of vanilla farmers and their families. We work only with suppliers that use traditional curing methods which promote environmental and economic benefits in the community.