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The Green Vector platform and Vicky Foods sign an agreement to sustainably recover the bio-waste generated by the food company.

28 de November de 2023

The Green Vector, a platform for the promotion of biomethane plants promoted by Enagás Renovable and Genia Bioenergy, and the leading food company Vicky Foods, present in more than 60 countries, have signed an agreement to recover the bio-waste generated by the production centres of this food industry in biomethane and organic amendments for agriculture.

With this agreement, Vicky Foods joins a circular economy project that will help it to achieve its zero waste objective, as a significant part of the bio-waste from its centres in Valencia will be transferred to the biomethane plants that The Green Vector is planning in the Valencia region. There, they will be digested by the action of anaerobic bacteria (which live in the absence of oxygen) and transformed into biomethane, which will be injected into the gas network, obtaining in turn precursors of organic fertilisers and organic amendments as by-products, which will be applied in agriculture to obtain again the raw material for the food industry, in a perfect cycle of circular economy.

According to Luis Iglesias, president of The Green Vector, “it contributes to guaranteeing the supply of organic waste for the production of renewable gas in the plants planned by the platform, offering a sustainable alternative for the proper management of waste”. The advantages for Vicky Foods, according to CEO Rafael Juan, are “a stable price and a sustainable and assured long-term management of its organic waste, in an environment where agreements are usually biannual”.

Gabriel Butler, vice president of The Green Vector states that “with this agreement Vicky Foods marks the most direct path towards sustainability and waste valorisation to the rest of the agri-food industry”.

Anaerobic digestion is a sustainable alternative for the management of bio-waste from the agri-food industry with great environmental and economic benefits. This process avoids landfilling waste, significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, offers a new sustainable use for bio-waste and, in addition, the biomethane produced contributes to the decarbonisation of the economy and energy independence.

The Green Vector platform, which is characterised by the promotion of biomethane plants in a collaborative platform model, integrating all actors in the waste recovery chain, plans to implement at least 10 biomethane production plants by 2030 with the capacity to produce up to 1 TWh of renewable energy per year.

About The Green vector
A joint venture created by Enagás Renovable and Genia Bioenergy to promote, develop, build and operate a network of biomethane production plants using organic waste for injection into the gas network.

The platform integrates all the actors in the waste recovery chain, including the production, distribution and final consumption of biomethane.

The Green Vector contributes to fostering the decarbonisation process and the development of new circular economy models, as well as facilitating compliance with future regulations in terms of organic waste management and recovery.

About Vicky Foods
Vicky Foods is a leading, 100% family-owned food company with a 70-year history. It currently has an average global workforce of 2,809 employees. Its own brands include Dulcesol®, Horno Hermanos Juan®, Be Plus®, Forno di Giovanni® and Fit’z®.

The evolution of the group in recent years has been marked by consolidation and strong growth in its financial results. As a result, it is the leading company in volume in the patisserie and bakery sector in Spain, having closed the year 2022 with a global turnover of 536 million euros. This figure represents a significant increase over the previous year and a production of 203,000 tonnes. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Vicky Foods has three production centres dedicated to the production of around 2,500 products in Gandía, Villalonga and Algeria, as well as 18 sales offices in Spain, Algeria, the United Kingdom and France. Finally, the company also owns an egg farm, which supplies 90% of its production, a packaging manufacturing plant that covers almost all (98%) of the group’s packaging needs, an Innovation Centre to coordinate all the company’s innovative potential in order to meet its commitments in the field of health and technological innovation, and the Vicky Foods Foundation, with which it structures the management of its social action, focusing on innovation, culture and education.