What confectionery needs: The best ingredients from around the world
With high competence, individually adapted procedures as well as the use of natural and renewable raw materials, we optimize shelf life, appeal and quality of different types of confectionery. All our products – from the glazes, polishes, anti-sticking and sealing agents to products for coated goods and our machine release agents – are based on proven recipes and only contain the best ingredients.
From the heart of Brazil: Carnauba wax
Carnauba wax (lat. Cera Carnauba) is extracted from the leaves of the carnauba tree, which grows in Brazil. The hardest known natural wax, carnauba wax is ideal as a coating and anti-sticking agent, and as a polishing agent in manufacturing dragées and gums.
Carnauba wax products for the food industry
Carnauba wax is a wax that forms a natural protective layer on the leaves of the carnauba palm. This natural raw material is an unobjectionable food additive and has been used for many years for the surface treatment of confectionery (as a glazing agent). Capol does not purchase carnauba wax from the companies that harvest it in Brazil but via qualified processing companies who treat the raw material in accordance with international standards for the foodstuffs industry.
In view of the current reports in the media concerning the use of carnauba products for confectionery production and related discussions concerning production conditions in the Brazilian carnauba fields, our company immediately conducted further reviews of our supply chain for carnauba wax products in addition to the measures already taken as part of our ethical procurement management program (see paragraph on ethical procurement management below).
Inspection of the supply chain in Brazil
We carried out inspection visits both to our suppliers and to the carnauba fields in Brazil in November 2017 with a view to assessing the situation on site. Our main concern was to ensure conformity with the decree issued in 2016 by the Ministry of Labor of the State of Piaui, Brazil, which calls upon carnauba wax exporters to comply with comprehensive statutory requirements and verifies compliance at regular intervals.
Our inspection in Brazil did not identify any evident deficiencies in the supply chain. Nevertheless, we see cooperation between our suppliers and the Brazilian authorities as beneficial and absolutely essential for ensuring that working conditions during the harvesting of carnauba wax are in accordance with the statutory requirements. In order to be suppliers of Capol, companies must meet all the relevant requirements. We have already received various certificates or declarations concerning their procurement guidelines from our suppliers of refined carnauba wax. All the companies are also members of “Sustainable Carnauba“ and have entered into a commitment to maintain an ethical relationship with employees and to prevent child labor or slave labor as a result of their membership.
One of our suppliers has received confirmation by the Ministry of Labor that it meets all the relevant requirements and is an official supporter of an NGO which is combating forced labor and slave labor in Brazil. In addition, this supplier underwent in November an ethical trade audit by an internationally recognized certification agency and received an appropriate certificate.
A second supplier is in contact with certification bodies with a view to obtaining a seal of approval for appropriate working conditions. This is to be ensured by independent audits. This company also successfully completed the ethical trade audit conducted by the certification agency in November.
In addition to the documents and certificates received, Capol has requested from all suppliers confirmation of compliance with and full implementation of the decree of the Ministry of Labor. Compliance must be proved by official confirmation of the competent authorities in Brazil.
Ethical procurement management at Capol
We are not prepared to tolerate any part of our value stream, even as regards suppliers of raw materials and consumables of any tier, being based on practices that are not compatible with international environmental protection and occupational health and safety standards. For many years, we have had our own ethical procurement management program under which we also impose on all our suppliers an obligation to observe all the relevant requirements. In connection with this program, we expect our suppliers to provide undertakings to comply with the requirements of the UN Global Compact (further information at https://www.unglobalcompact.org/) or specific undertakings in the areas of health and safety at work, the prevention of child and forced labor, environmental protection and other areas. Our suppliers of carnauba wax have submitted the appropriate declarations.
Capol has already been certified under a Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) since 2015. As a result of current developments, we underwent a new, voluntary audit by an internationally recognized certification agency on October 26 and 27 2017 to ensure that our internal processes meet the requirements. We passed this audit without any reservations.
Directly from the hive: Beeswax
Beeswax (lat. Cera Flava) is a natural wax with a yellowish tinge that is secreted by bees as they build their hives. Beeswax has a relatively low melting point, giving it a high degree of versatility as a raw material in the food industry. We mainly use beeswax as a polishing or anti-sticking agent in producing gum-type products based on gelatine or pectin, and for sugar-coated and sugar-free hard and soft dragées.
From the African acacia: Gum arabic
Gum arabic is based on the plant extract from African acacias. Preferred sources of gum arabic are Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal. The high level of sucrose in gum arabic makes it an ideal raw material for the coating of chocolate-coated centers, giving them a brilliant shine.
From India and Thailand: Shellac
Shellac is a natural resin which is mostly secreted by female insects of the Kerria lacca species living on trees in India and Thailand. Following the harvest, the raw material is refined into shellac in a gentle extraction process. This results in a raw material of food quality, which is suitable as a glaze for hard and soft dragées as well as chocolate dragées being refined with CAPOL® polishing agents. For specific customer requests which do not like to include shellac, CAPOL has developed some interesting alternatives.