Established by COSUCRA back in 1852 in western Belgium, a region known for its prolific agricultural tradition, the original factory extracted sugar from beets. COSUCRA has invested heavily in research and development from the very beginning, setting up an agricultural research centre dedicated to the development of its own chicory seeds.
The world’s first producer of industrial inulin, COSUCRA has always anticipated trends and consumer needs. This explains why it gradually refocused its production on nutritional ingredients extracted from two crops typically grown in the region:
chicory roots and yellow peas. A bold move. We are proud of having made the switch, as it has allowed our company to become the world leader in natural ingredients extracted from chicory roots and peas.
With a history spanning six generations in the production of natural chicory and pea ingredients, COSUCRA targets the food and nutrition & health markets worldwide.
the guarantee of a well-established company that is close to all of its partners
+ 300 employees
3 processing plants
1 for chicory and 2 for peas, one of which in Denmark
since the transition to a liberated company
COSUCRA’s ambition? Offer our customers specialty ingredients, whatever the raw material. Our R&D department is never short of resources and ideas to innovate at three levels: process, ingredient and concept.
Innovation, for sure! But not at any cost. Ensuring the quality of our raw materials, the sustainability of our manufacturing processes and the naturalness of our ingredients is paramount to us.
COSUCRA’s agility and flexibility make us a preferred partner for our customers. Indeed, due to our SME size, we are more transparent and especially more agile than our competitors, all of which much larger companies.
COSUCRA has a worldwide presence, either directly or through partners (distributors and agents). We have a subsidiary in the USA (Chicago) and 3 people posted in China and Taiwan. On the strength of our presence in those three regions (NORAM, APAC, Europe) through our workforce and of our distribution network in four regions (NORAM, APAC, Europe and SOAM), we are able to adapt quickly to local needs.
What do we want to make sure our customers will get? The best, of course! This is why the quality and traceability of our ingredients have become major elements of our branding. At COSUCRA, we pride ourselves in ensuring the quality and traceability of each of our products in complete transparency.
The earth is what sustains the growth of COSUCRA, which explains why we spare no effort to reduce our environmental impact and are committed to fight for sustainability. The unwavering ambition to meet Europe’s CO2 emissions reduction targets (-50%) is one of the main goals of our strategy.
COSUCRA has taken into account the following elements in the design of its new PISANE™ pea protein production line in order to strengthen its commitment and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Naturalness, clean-label, “free-from” diet, low-sugar or low-fat foods, fibre or protein supplements, flexitarism, and the list goes on. In all these trends, COSUCRA is an ideal partner, supplying the food industry and the nutrition & health sectors with must-have products.
We believe in the power of nutrition on our health! This is the enthusiasm and knowledge that we want to share and convey to our customers and partners.
COSUCRA also stands for strong and tangible commitments in various areas, each as important as the next. Whether it is personal safety, environmental impact or food safety, we are proud to have implemented a strong policy within COSUCRA which may take the form of a membership in external networks or the achievement of certifications by meeting the standards in force.
Our quality control system is built according to the requirements of the HACCP method and is certified by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) and according to the FSSC 22000 and FCA standards for all of our factories.
Our environmental management system is certified according to ISO 14001 standard.
We are developing a risk management system to meet the prevention objectives as set in the current legislation, in all areas of well-being at work.
Our COSUCRA Human Resources Management policy complies with all applicable national (Belgian) laws and regulations and the minimum standards of national (Belgian) industry:
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