Friday, October 22, 2021
Colruyt Group wants to support the sector of organic bread wheat in our country and at the same time introduce an extensive Belgian assortment on the store shelves. That's why it engaged in a Belgian chain project with 8 Belgian partners to grow high-quality organic bread wheat and process it into organic bread that is Belgian from A to Z. Beforehand, clear agreements were made between the chain partners (farmers, miller, bakery and retailer) about price, quality and volumes. Together they sowed 12 hectares of organic bread wheat, geographically spread across Belgium.
In the meantime, the first harvest of organic bread wheat of the Belgian chain project has arrived, albeit slightly later than anticipated due to the bad weather conditions during the summer. Samples were taken of all batches of organic bread wheat to check their quality. For quality control, Colruyt Group relied on a number of market-based parameters such as the hectolitre weight, the Zeleny value and the protein level in the wheat. Based on the results of the sample tests, we can confirm with some pride that both the summer wheat and the winter wheat are products of bread-making quality: they are of sufficient quality to be milled into flour and be used for baking bread. Only one batch was rejected because of loose smut. The rest will be used for baking Belgian organic bread.
100% Belgian organic bread at Bio-Planet
The baking tests at the millers' were also satisfactory and meanwhile one batch of bread wheat has been milled and is ready for baking bread. The other wheat batches of bread-making quality are stored at the farmers' to be used on demand. The bakery uses it to bake 500 and 800 g loafs of organic bread and also organic baguettes, which are all Belgian from A to Z and will be available at Bio-Planet from the beginning of December onwards. This 100% Belgian organic bread will be added to the assortment of the 31 stores and the web shop of Bio-Planet.
Added value for the farmers
Beforehand, clear agreements were made between the partners in the chain project about volume, quality and price. All farmers are sure of their sales at a price agreed upon in advance. The harvest was good and the return was even a bit higher than expected. After receiving this positive news the decision was made to scale up the volume for next year. Up to 15 November winter wheat of the types Arminius and Mochus will again be sown. These will be harvested next year in the summer. We are convinced that this chain project will give the sector of Belgian organic bread wheat a boost and will incite other organic wheat farmers to opt for quality varieties of organic bread wheat.
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