08 Feb 23

Our Izegem factory attains second Factory of the Future award

we can proudly announce that our plant in Izegem has extended its "Factory of the Future" award for the next 3 years! After WINNING THE AWARD IN 2020, this new recognition shows that our Izegem factory is a reference factory both inside and outside Vandemoortele.

During this 2023 edition, Vandemoortele joins the winning list alongside many other flourishing companies such as the Barry Callebaut GroupPomuni, Audi BrusselsTotalEnergies and Daikin Europe. 

Izegem | Factory of the future 2023

Factory of the Future

Factory of the Future is a future-oriented manufacturing company that uses the most advanced digital technologies to implement intelligent and sustainable processes. It makes creative and optimised use of available materials and energy and puts faith in innovative business models that focus on empowering employees. Its products often have a high added value and respond flexibly to increasingly specific customer needs. This award is granted annually to several companies in Flanders who have mastered the 7 Transformation Criteria. The winners can call themselves a Factory of the Future for 3 years.

Extending our status of Factory of the Future

Stéphane Casteleyn, Site Manager: "Despite the 2020-2022 global crisis periods due to Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine, we have not pressed the pause button, but have continued to evolve. Flexibility, resilience and perseverance within our organisation were essential in this regard.

As we are very proud of the track record of all the teams over the past three years, we decided to participate again. Not for the award itself, but as a recognition of the work by our associates. On top of that, the philosophy and framework of the 7 "transformations" (e.g., digital, eco, smart, human centred, …) helps give us concrete direction and focus for developing our future plans. Or as one of our colleagues perfectly described it as being The Factory of our Future."

Gregory Decottenier, Operational Excellence Manager: "Vandemoortele Izegem was praised as one of the frontrunners and leading examples in Flanders! We see the award as the recognition for the hard work that was done by all involved associates in Izegem, and services of the Vandemoortele Group, in the past 3 years. It also confirms that we are still going into the right direction as a company."

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About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Plant-Based Food Solutions. We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products. 

In 2022, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.7 billion with 4,600 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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