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Commitment and respect for people and the environment

A goal-setting mindset has always been a hallmark of those who seek personal growth and development. Get a better grade in school, reduce the duration of a run, climb that peak, devote more time to loved ones, take care of the garden or engage in volunteer work. We all do it in one way or another.
JRS Silvateam Ingredients also likes to set goals and strives to achieve them. It does this by devising new products, reaching new markets, and improving its economic and financial performance. It achieves this through a structured approach of outlining a five-year plan comprising investments, market expansion and R&D targets, and key technical and economic performance indicators. These are goals that we define as SMART as those we assign in our reward system: S stands for specific, well-defined, clear; M for measurable with indices and numbers; A for ambitious but achievable; R for related to the characteristics of our business and T for temporally defined with evaluated and self-imposed deadlines. This approach stems from JRS Silvateam Ingredients’s belief that consistent growth can be achieved
by combining development, efficiency, environmental impact reduction, involvement and organisation.

An eco-conscious approach to productivity increase

JRS Silvateam commitment towards a greener and less impacting production processes is driven by 3 main pillars:

  • Process water and wastes: process water is reused through multi-step countercurrent washing. Moreover, the destination of spent citrus peels, instead of usage in animal nutrition, is diverted to the in-house production process for citrus fiber. This allows to save on transportation costs and CO2 emissions.
  • Emissions and energy optimisation: high-efficiency cogeneration systems produce electrical energy, steam, and hot/cold water with minimal emissions. JRS Silvateam
    Ingredients’ plants have integrated thermal flows for heat/cold exchange.
  • Electrical and thermal energy: local renewable plants supply 14MWh of electrical energy from biomass / solar panels and bio-methane from anaerobic biomass processing.
These targets are to be achieved by 2025, once the 3rd pectin production line will be fully running. 


Our social development agenda in Peru

In the remote valleys of the Peruvian Andes, where the tara (Caesalpinia spinosa) tree thrives, local communities of farmers traditionally rely on a minimalistic subsistence economy. However, a significant investment, including the establishment of a new factory in Chilca and the creation of three plantations, has sparked a remarkable transformation. Tara business now provides these communities with a source of supplementary and stable income by engaging them in the harvesting of the tree’s pods. The commercial success of this food ingredient has permitted to distribute almost 50% of the company income as labour force payment to over 10,000 local families. This ensures that farmers receive fair prices for their harvest through multi-year contracts and are involved in agricultural training courses. Moreover, local communities are supported through social activities, including health check-ups, administrative assistance, subsidised loans and sports facilities. Employee welfare is one of our pillars, emphasising transparent contracts, prohibiting child labour and ensuring safe working conditions.

Direct and naturally sustainable supply

Caesalpinia spinosa is the primary raw material for the production of tara gum. This resource is harvested partially from the wild by local farmers, while the remaining portion is cultivated in three dedicated plantations, a unique initiative to Peru.
These plantations span 620 hectares across the Huánuco mountain region and the Ica desert. The Huánuco site, situated at an elevation of 2,500 meters, is home to approximately 170,000 plants and produces certified organic tara gum. The Ica desert hosts two plantations, with a combined total of 350,000 plants, primarily nourished by underground aquifers. These desert plantations contribute to climate crisis mitigation by counteracting water scarcity and reducing greenhouse emissions. Over the past decade, we have invested in research to optimise plantation yields, including identifying high-performing cultivars and suitable growth regions.
We’ve also implemented micro-irrigation systems to boost yield and conserve water, especially crucial in Ica. The management of desert plantations adopts semi-mechanised harvesting systems and efficient packaging machinery, ensuring seamless transportation to the processing factory. Pollination is aided by local bees.

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