Pauwels granted VOKA Charter for susstainable entrepreneurship

We are delighted to announce that we have been granted the VOKA Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. This milestone marks an important recognition of our efforts to integrate sustainability into our business activities.

We signed the VOKA Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in 2021 in support of the transition to more sustainable business operations. As a result, we undertook to participate in a number of sustainable projects as a means of consciously helping to resolve some of the greater problems faced by the world.

Specifically, we started to formulate an action plan in both Oelegem and Herent. And this plan was a succes: we are proud to state that we received a positive rating from the evaluation committee. The recognition by VOKA is a great honour, as it proves our actions are centered around ensuring a sustainable future.

Points for action

The VOKA Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship is based on 17 sustainability goals. Together with small and large companies in 194 countries around the world, these goals aim to end extreme poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. Specific measures that are in line with these objectives have been formulated for both the Oelegem site and the Herent site.

SHE Manager Ludo Goossens: “In order to actually be awarded the charter, we had to be able to tick off at least 10 action points for both Oelegem and Herent, of which at least 2 action points had to relate to our core business. In April, the VOKA audit team visited our sites to discuss and evaluate our sustainable initiatives. The news was good, as they gave a positive rating to enough action points. We have made every effort to obtain the certificate this year and are extremely happy that both sites have prevailed.”

Our action points:

  • We looked at our carbon footprint in detail.
  • An energy study was conducted, which mapped out potential energy-saving measures.
  • Sustainable initiatives, such as collaboration with food banks and the Bloedserieus blood donation service, were highlighted.
  • A new bicycle parking facility, including charging points for electric bicycles, was built in Oelegem.
  • The checklist to be completed by our suppliers was expanded to include a number of sustainability criteria.
  • Standing workstations were installed in the production areas.

The objectives are and will remain a compass for Pauwels as it strives to maintain a future-oriented company policy. A list of new action points will therefore also be drawn up for the following year. This is how we remain committed to creating a sustainable world.


Not to be missed: Pauwels at the Private Label trade fair PLM 2023 in Amsterdam

The 2023 edition of PLMA’s “World of Private label” is just around the corner after a successful edition last year. The world’s largest trade fair for private labels will host more than 2,600 exhibitors from 72 countries this year, including Pauwels. This is the perfect time to come and talk about your private label and discover how we can help you grow.



For over 35 years, PLMA’s “World of Private label” has been bringing retailers around the world together with the best manufacturers to help them find new products, contacts and ideas for their private label programmes. In recent years, the popularity of private labels has increased, making these two days of shopping, sourcing, learning and connecting indispensable for exhibitors and visitors alike.

Want to know how we can help? Visit us at stand 2C53 on 23 and 24 May.


  • Where? RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • When? 23 – 24 May 2023
  • Which stand? 2-C53
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Visit Pauwels at Private Label fair PLMA 2022 in Amsterdam

After two years without an any fairs, Pauwels will be again represented at the largest private label expo in Europe: PLMA 2022. From 31 May onwards, you will have an excellent opportunity to come join us and talk about your private label and discover how Pauwels can help your private label to grow.

PLMA’s World of Private Label brings retailers around the world together with the best manufacturers, such as Pauwels, and helps them to find new products, contacts and new ideas for their private label programs. Moreover, the need for new private label projects has never been bigger. The market share of the private label brands is on its highest listing ever. The future for private labels therefore looks brighter than ever: retailers opt for international expansion and play with their own marketing a more important role in the products they choose and offer.

If you want to discover how Pauwels can help your private labels to grow: learn more about our possibilities on PLMA’s World of Private Label.

  • Where? RAI Amsterdam, Nederland
  • When? 31 May – 1 June 2022
  • Stand? F-4251 (Europa Complex, Entrance K, Hall 2&3) 
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Pauwels Sauces achieves high scores on annual BRC and IFS audits

Quality always comes first at Pauwels Sauces. This will also be the case in 2022. It is therefore with great pride and satisfaction that we can announce that both our production sites have obtained very high scores in recent weeks in the (unannounced) BRC and IFS audits. 



Every year, the production sites of Pauwels Sauces in Oelegem and Herent (both in Belgium) are audited by the independent BRC and IFS. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the International Food Standard (IFS) contain a series of strict (food safety) requirements that a food producer must comply with. The annual checks at Pauwels are always unannounced, which means that we give the best of ourselves every day of the year to guarantee the safety and quality of our activities at all times.

During this unannounced inspection, our site in Herent obtained a very nice A+ for BRC and a Higher Level certificate for IFS. This is the second highest score and confirms the high quality and food safety at this site. Our other site, in Oelegem, even obtained the maximum score in the audit. For BRC that means AA+ level, while for IFS we obtained the ‘Higher Level‘.


However, these high scores on a BRC/IFS audit are not a first for our production sites. It goes without saying, however, that we attach great importance to the results achieved in recent years.

“Food safety, product quality and traceability of raw materials remain crucial elements for Pauwels”, says Paul Smet, Plant Director in Oelegem. “We always do our utmost to meet the highest standards in these areas. We have always succeeded in doing so in the past. The fact that we have achieved this maximum score in the economically challenging context of the past two years is a great source of satisfaction to everyone in the company. Moreover, we have been investing in the continuous improvement of our processes for years. We have continued to do so over the past two years. The fact that we are able to bring all these investments to a successful conclusion, particularly in these times, while continuing to meet the evolving quality requirements, is fantastic.”


Besides the many processes, procedures and technical quality requirements that the auditors look at, Plant Director in Herent Kris Baeckelandt also points to the knowledge and commitment of our own employees.

“That is an important factor in achieving these scores,” says Kris. “From the various interviews that took place in our facilities, the auditors got a reassuring feeling that people know the procedures well and follow them closely. In other words, at Pauwels there is an ingrained sense of food safety and quality in all layers of the company. This is one of the most important criteria that has been added in the new evaluation standard; the so-called Food Safety Culture. That’s an extra compliment for all our employees, especially our Quality Department that oversees it all.”

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Pauwels Foodservice Team to participate in the Sirha Lyon exhibition

The largest range of Belgian sauces for the professional user in Foodservice is once again on tour. After a long break imposed by the COVID pandemic, we are back at the first trade fair of the year. Our destination? Sirha Lyon, from 23rd  to 27th of September.


Visitors to our stand 3C73 can get acquainted with the full range of Pauwels. That includes more than 40 cold sauces, various frying fats and oils, vinaigrettes and margarine. This year we will pay extra attention to the introduction of the 4 new products from the range: Mayo Traiteur, Kebab Sauce, the improved Andalouse Chef recipe and the extensive range of deep-frying fats and oils under the renowned FRIBEL brand.

More information about our participation in Sirha Lyon can be found on our Foodservice website (Dutch and French only!).

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Pauwels to be present at Anuga fair in Cologne

From Saturday 9 to Wednesday 13 October, Pauwels will participate in Anuga 2021 in Cologne, the largest food fair in the world.

Discover our Belgian craftsmanship in hall 10

Anuga, short for the Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung,  is the largest and most leading food fair in the world. The unique 10-part exhibition concept of this exhibition immediately reflects the diversity of the food and beverage industry. With Anuga Fine Food, Drinks, Chilled & Fresh Food, Meat, Frozen Food, Dairy, Bread & Bakery, Hot Beverages, Organic & Anuga Culinary Concepts all under one roof, this fair is a huge opportunity for all players in our sector.

Of course, the Belgian craftsmanship of Pauwels should not be left out of such an event. Therefor you can find our sauces in hall 10.2 stand B074. There our commercial team will introduce you to our expertise in both retail, food service, private label and of course the countless possibilities for export.

Export with Pauwels Sauces

With many years of experience in the export of sauces, Pauwels has grown into an excellent partner for the export of your sauces. Not only do we take care of the production, but we also monitor the quality and take care of the necessary documentation.

We can even take over production in a relatively short period of time, for both long and short term contracts. Thanks to our flexible production locations and high capacity lines, we can switch very quickly and produce both large quantities and complex batches at short notice. Our field ranges from mayonnaise and ketchup, to all kinds of specialty sauces, pasta sauces, organic, kosher and halal sauces, vinaigrettes and dressings.

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In addition, we have had two of our own export brands for more than 25 years: Gova and Nr. 1. These brands have been part of the portfolio of our overseas partners for decades and are well established in various regions worldwide, thanks to the recognizable taste and structure of this range. Since these export brands were first launched, the recipe has not changed.

Private Label and Pauwels branded solutions

In addition to our expertise in the export of sauces, our commercial team on the stand will also be happy to introduce you to our various references in Private Label and Co-Packing as well as to the full range of sauces under our own Pauwels brand. Concerning the latter, we have a wide range of flavors and packaging available for the professional food service and food industry as well as for the Belgian retail market.

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Saturday 09 October 2021 – Wednesday 13 October 2021
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Hall 10.2 , Stand B074


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New production record for Pauwels in Q1

The production teams at Pauwels Sauces have started the year in sixth gear. In the first week of the new year a new production record was immediately set, while the demand for Pauwels’ cold sauces remains particularly high in the rest of the first quarter.


In the first week of the new year, the production teams at our site in Oelegem significantly sharpened the production record for cold sauces. For example, no less than 75% more was produced in the first week of 2021 compared to the weekly average of 2019 and 2020. An absolute record.

The record also proved to be a precursor to a first quarter with a lot of activity at Pauwels Sauces. The vast majority of the production lines run constantly to meet current demand. Hence the significant increase in the total volume produced after the first 9 weeks of the year. Our site in Oelegem, for example, shows an increase of 18% and 32% respectively compared to the same period in 2020 and 2019.

Thanks to the excellent team spirit, we can immediately benefit from our increased capacity and production speed in this first quarter.

We also see positive figures in our production site in Herent. There, for example, we noted a growth of about 80% on the volume of 250ml squeeze bottles produced during the past three months compared to the same period last year. The demand for the smaller bottles for mayonnaise, ketchup, specialty sauces, burger sauces, snack sauces, vegan sauces, etc. is peaking like never before.


The record figures are first and foremost a great collective achievement by everyone who is part of Pauwels Sauces. However, it is also a positive consequence of some decisions taken in between lockdowns according to Commercial Manager Mark Cardon.

The commitment of our people to positively influence this company really makes the difference.

“In 2020, our management made a conscious decision to allow the planned optimizations and investments in our production sites to take place as usual, despite the impact of the corona epidemic on our activities. This long-term vision and associated investments in, among other things, faster and more efficient cardboard tray packers, wrapping machines, palletisers, storage tanks, etc. have ensured that our capacity and production speed will continue to improve in 2021 ”, says Mark. “Our people, who quickly pick up on the innovations, make it possible that we can immediately reap the benefits of this in the first quarter is. The commitment that they show every day to positively influence this company really makes the difference. ”


In order to be able to make optimal use of this extra capacity, new sales markets were also looked at at a commercial level. As Commercial Manager, Mark likes to keep his finger on the pulse.

We are always interested in the latest trends, while our mayonnaise is also peaking in foreign markets.

“For example, we have responded to the increasing interest from the market in vegan sauces and halal varieties. There is still quite a bit of potential in these markets, and we want to be able to exploit that potential in our production sites. We have also been able to provide a professional answer to the demand from the consumer market for smaller packaging. In addition, we produced more than average quantities of mayonnaise for export to the African continent, ”says Mark. “These factors together ensured that we were allowed to produce extra volumes in addition to our regular volume.”



With summer just around the corner and hopefully a step towards a recaptured social life, it promises to be pretty busy on our production lines in the coming months.

With the summer and a possible reopening of the catering industry in prospect […], we trust that our extra capacity will already be of added value this year.

“As soon as the barbecue season approaches, we are ready to start producing the seasonal in & out’s. Because we will all still be going on holiday in our own back yard this year, consumers will again be looking for summer specialty sauces and barbecue assortments in the supermarket. In addition, a possible reopening of the foodservice industry will also give an extra impulse to our production. At the moment it is still difficult to make an estimate about that, but we trust that the extra capacity in our production sites will be able to add value for our customers this year in any case. ”

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The Best Fryer in France 2020: Ranking features 5 customers in top 7

At the beginning of every year, the French website announces the winner of The Best Fryer in France. This year, La Ch’tite Frite was honored, taking the title to a loyal customer of Pauwels Sauces for the second year in a row. Last year’s winner, La Frite à Dorer, finished in a nice second place, but remains the best chip shop in the region around Lille.


Annually, the website names the Best Fryer / Chip Shop in France. This year, La Ch’tite Frite from Raillencourt-sainte-olle, a loyal customer of Pauwels Sauces at around 50km from the French-Belgian border, has this honor. Owner Philippe Mériaux opened his chip shop less than two years ago, in 2019. Therefore, his first place in the election came completely unexpected for him.

According to an interview that was featured in France 3, Philippe owes his victory to the correct execution of this originally Belgian specialty, down to the last detail. “I come up with new dishes and snacks every month to please our customers, but I consistently fry our fries in beef fat for the delicious taste and crispy crust. Our fries are pre-fried at 140 ° C and baked at 180 ° C, according to the rules of the art. ”

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Just like last year, the vast majority of participating chip shops was located in the north of France, near the French-Belgian border. Organizer announces that 90% of the 1,312 participating chip shops come from the “Nord et Pas-de-Calais” region. Coincidence or not, but that same region is also the working domain of our representative, William Wanin. With 5 exclusive Pauwels customers in the top 7 of The Best Fryer / Chips Shop in France, the election has been a popular topic of conversation for William in recent weeks:

William Wanin

“The election is becoming increasingly important to my clientele. The best proof of this is the continuous increase in the number of participating chip shops. That figure has even increased by more than 100 new chip shops in 2020. That is quite remarkable in a year dominated by the corona crisis and some hard lockdowns. The fact that the winners of this election continue to receive national media attention naturally benefits the organizers as well as the participants. At Pauwels Sauces we like what is happening: the entrepreneurs who want to start up a real chip shop in France according to the Belgian tradition are becoming more and more numerous and are also finding their way more than ever to the Belgian sauces from Pauwels. Therefore, it does not surprise me that our sauces are strongly represented in the election as well. “

More information about our Foodservice range can be found on the website (only available in French and Dutch).


Pauwels Sauces agrees first sponsordeal in road cycling with Bingoal-WB

As a partner of Pauwels Sauces – Bingoal Cycling Team, Pauwels Sauces has been a well-known sponsor in cyclocross for several years. In 2021, however, we will also take a step into road cycling. This season Pauwels Sauces is one of the new sponsors of Bingoal-WB.

Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles (WB) is a Belgian road cycling team active as a pro-continental team in the continental circuits of the UCI. Christophe Brandt, manager of Bingoal-WB, responds very satisfied in a press release: “Pauwels Sauces is a well known brand in the world of cycling. We are therefore very proud to be able to appoint this company as one of the partners of our beautiful project where the emphasis is on development and performance. Pauwels Sauces now supports our +40 athletes, including professional riders, U23 riders and paracyclists, all season long in Belgium and abroad. Welcome! ”

The management of Pauwels Sauces also provides some extra clarification in the same press release:

“In the broad cycling peloton, Pauwels Sauces has been a well-known player as a sponsor for several years, especially in cyclocross. With Pauwels Sauces – Bingoal we represent a significant part of the peloton with numerous victories in the past two seasons. Our new sponsordeal with Bingoal-WB is proof that we are committed to supporting cycling, even in these bizarre times. In fact, we anchor ourselves even more in this beautiful sport by not only providing support in cyclocross, but also on the road. In addition, as a proud manufacturer of real Belgian sauces, we also have a very warm heart to the typical Belgian traditions. Cycling is definitely one of them. The connection we are now making with a Belgian team as Bingoal-WB, where there is a clear focus on Belgian talent, is an excellent match in our opinion. ”

Bingoal-WB Cycling Team is proud to announce its jersey for the 2021 season:

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Two Quality Food Awards for Pauwels Sauces in UK

Early November, two of our sauces won first prize at the annual Quality Food Awards in London. The presentation of the Quality Food Awards is an annual event – which was held digitally this year – at which the food products that have scored best in the UK retail market are chosen.


In the “Condiments” category, the Burger Sauce for Co-Op was voted best seasoning in retail. This burger sauce was prepared in our location in Herent with mustard, white wine vinegar, pieces of onion and pickles. It is known that a good burger sauce almost always contains pickle and pickle juice.

In the category “Vegan Store Cupboard” our GRO Vegan Mayo, also for Co-Op, was awarded. This product was even the ‘stand out winner’, which means that no other brand was allowed on the podium in this category. According to the jury, this mayo was chosen due to, among other things, the beautiful, thick texture of the egg-less mayo and the “pure” ingredients. This mayo was prepared in Herent without dyes and preservatives. According to the jury, this mayo was a perfect vegan alternative to real mayonnaise.

The sustainable packaging was also praised for GRO Vegan Mayo and Burger Sauce, as the 250ml tubes respectively consist of 25% and 30% recycled material.



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