Ebro Foods is a food processing company involved in the manufacture and distribution of rice, rice-based products, pasta, sauces and other similar consumer goods. In addition, the company also produces grains such as quinoa, chia and bulgur through its brands SOS Vidasania and Brillante. Ebro Foods is among the world's largest producers of fresh and dry pasta and rice, with Europe, North America and South East Asia constituting its main markets. Rice accounts for 52% of Ebro's total sales, while the pasta division accounts for 48% of the business. Ebro Foods sources most of its raw materials from North America and Europe, although India and Thailand are key sourcing locations for aromatic rice varieties.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Ebro Foods publicly discloses commitments across the dimensions. However, it has room for improvement in all three given its role as a large food manufacturing company. Although it reports on the reduction of GHG emissions and water consumption, Ebro Foods has not set associated time-bound targets. Through the implementation of several region-specific programmes and initiatives, the company demonstrates efforts to enhance soil health, reduce plastic packaging and optimise the use of pesticides. However, it does not report on progress for any of these programmes. In the nutrition dimension, the company is committed to diversifying its portfolio by introducing more whole grains and low-calorie alternatives. It also reports on its activities to improve accessibility and affordability of healthy foods for vulnerable families and on its labelling guidelines, but it lacks strategic commitments relating to these topics. Neither was evidence found of workforce nutrition programmes, nor of responsible marketing strategies. Regarding social inclusion, Ebro Foods is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain, but it does not disclose evidence of the processes in place to evaluate these risks. The company commits to health and safety, and it discloses data on incident rates. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage or protecting land rights.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
EUR 2,646,523,000
(USD 2,962,716,000)
Major subsidiaries
Herba Ricemills, Riviana Foods, Catelli Foods Corporation, Panzani, Tilda
Consumer brands
Brillante, SOS, La Fallera, Sundari, La Gigala

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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