Our biofuel has a smaller ecological footprint than other sources such as palm and rapeseed oil. Cultivating raw materials from these vegetables requires huge tracts of agricultural land to be profitable.
Furthermore, our raw materials from swine come from local sources as opposed to palm oil which has to be imported from Asia. The raw materials from our suppliers as well as our clients are all within a radius of 400 km from our production facilities.
This is how we we achieve circular production, from snout to tail, with the smallest ecological footprint possible.
Louis Kerselaers starts a slaughterhouse with its own meat trade.
Melle Vermeylen, his wife, starts melting the fat that is released during slaughter.
Stop abattoir under German occupation, fat smelting continues.
Death of Louis Kerselaers , inherited by Elodie Kerselaers and Achille Timmermans.
Achille Timmermans retires and leaves the business to Elodie Kerselaers’ grandson, Tony Van Nuffel.
The new company name Belgras bvba is founded. It was a name Louis Kerselaers had came up with long ago.
The new fat smelting plant in Hulshout is put into operation. A change of melting technique, namely the batch system, is also made here. It remained a humane smelter.
Technigras, the new fat smelter is started up next to the existing humane smelter Belgras.
Technigras was a cat3 smelter, enabling us to offer a total solution for our suppliers. Belgrass humane quality, Technigras animal feed or technical application.
Belgras stops melting for humans, the name Technigras disappears and the entire site is converted into a cat3 plant under the name Belgras.
At the end of December there was a merger between NV Arnout and Belgras Bvba. Both became part of the Tönnies meat group. Arnout is called Fapro, Belgras Progra.
After the takeover, Fapro was reorganized and became a single pig processing company, Progra a mixed processing company.
Progra starts in-house flour processing and invests in presses, hammer mills and flour silos.
Batch system is replaced by a Tremesa melting boiler (continuous system).
The construction of a large landfill bunker extends the reception capacity of raw materials.
An additional biofilter is added for odour control.
Construction of a covered loading and unloading quay is completed.
New accessories and a hammer mill are added to the flour department.
Installed extra fat tanks for storage of melted fat.
Further expansion of production capacity with a second Tremesa melting boiler.
Further expansion of flour storage with 6 new silos.
Installed new sorting belt for raw material complete with metal detection.