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9. Product information

A product specification is available for every product manufactured by Sonneveld. The QA&Care department keeps the specifications and labels in a range of languages updated. These specifications are published on the internet and intranet. These product specifications can assist you in drafting your own labels. Specific information and questionnaires are dealt with by the commercial Liaison Officer. The Sonneveld Customer Inquiry Policy states that questionnaires will not be completed if they are largely covered by our product fact sheets and this customer document. This is intended to avoid copying errors.

9.1 Product specifications

Our product specifications use a set format, so that you can find information in the same way for all products. Every specification includes the following elements: Product information, nutritional information, information on allergens and information about GM products.

As well as the article name and number, a version number and publication date are shown on all pages.
The product fact sheets include a description of the product, instructions for use and dosage information. The physical characteristics and the ingredients are specified on the same page. A rounded percentage is shown against each ingredient. The source of a number of ingredients is also shown (including oils and allergenic ingredients).

Additives are indicated using E-numbers.

The packaging, the net weight and the storage conditions are also shown. The storage life of the product is stated.

The second page shows the 14 allergens in a table, as these are identified in the European Labelling Directive. You are obliged to specify these allergens on your own labels.
Nutritional values are subdivided into fat content, carbohydrates, proteins and dietary fibre, water and acids and salts. A statement of the total contents then follows, together with the calorific value per 100 grams (kJ). A clear distinction is made between ingredients of vegetable and animal origin.

The TFA content of the product is also shown on the nutritional value page. Since the start of SpecsPlaza (a specification system for bakery industry) are all product specifications available.

9.2 Miscellaneous specifications and declarations

Genetically modified organisms

Genetic modification is the alteration of genetic material in a plant, animal or micro-organism. The genetic modification of organisms to obtain improved yields can be broadly termed biotechnology. The difference between this and selective breeding is that heritable material from an organism is placed directly in a plant (for example), so that the plant takes on a specific property. A plant made using biotechnology is a genetically modified organism.

Sonneveld wish to avoid any mandatory requirement to declare GMOs. Sonneveld have therefore decided not to use any ingredients which are required to be declared as GMOs. We have GMO or IP declarations available for all raw materials.

On the basis of these declarations we can guarantee that all products delivered to you by Sonneveld Group BV satisfy the relevant legislation EC 1829/2003 and EC 1830/2003 and therefore require no GMO labelling.

Animal origin

With the exception of raw materials based on egg and milk derivates, Sonneveld make no use of raw materials of animal origin.


What are dietary fats?
Dietary fats are fats which occur in our food. They are an essential element of a healthy pattern of food consumption. Dietary fats which are liquid at room temperature are termed oils.
The Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport recommend a diet with a fat consumption representing a maximum of 35% of daily energy intake.

How are fats categorised?
Fats consist for the most part of fatty acids. There are different types of fatty acid, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. For simplicity we often talk of saturated and unsaturated fats. The type of fat also determines solidity: the more liquid the fat is at room temperature, the more unsaturated fatty acids it contains. Unsaturated fats are healthy because they play an important role in preventing heart and vascular disease. Unsaturated fats help to keep the cholesterol content of the blood within healthy limits. They are also required for the creation of cells within the body.
Saturated fats are less healthy because they may raise cholesterol levels in the blood. A higher cholesterol level gives a greater risk of heart and vascular disease. We should therefore eat as little saturated fat as possible.

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats
These terms refer to the processing of oils. Oils contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids and are liquid as a result. In order to make oils more firm in texture they may be "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" Partially hydrogenated fats are much used in the food industry because they can provide the product with a desirable texture and solidity.

Trans fatty acids
Trans fats, like saturated fats, are less healthy because they can elevate cholesterol levels in the blood. A higher cholesterol level gives a greater risk of heart and vascular disease. We should therefore eat the smallest possible amount of trans fats. These fatty acids are naturally present in milk fat and meat. They are also created by the hydrogenation of oils, which produces trans fatty acids. Until a few years ago the level of trans fatty acids in margarine, low-fat margarine, bakery and fried products was fairly high. This has now changed. Production techniques have been modified, and the bakery industry are currently working hard to reduce the trans fat content in those foods to the lowest possible level.

Sonneveld and Trans Fatty Acids

In recent years we at Sonneveld have invested considerable energy in lowering the trans fatty acid content of our products. In order to support our customers we have reduced the percentage of trans fatty acids without allowing the percentage of saturated fats to rise. Where necessary Sonneveld have moved to raw materials with a reduced trans fatty acid content. The trans fatty acid values for all relevant raw materials are known, and these are stated on the product specifications. We are therefore proud to state that our products have a trans fatty acid content of < 1% of energy.

Country of Origin

This information sheet conforms with our standard for product information, but the list of ingredients shows the country of origin against each ingredient. This information sheet can be requested separately via Customer Service or your contact person within Sonneveld Group B.V.

EKO Quality Mark

A number of our products are provided with the EKO quality mark. The label and the product specification indicate whether a product has been made using ingredients originating from ecological agriculture. Following approval by Skal, the EKO quality mark has been granted to Sonneveld (company number 001619).


EU Directive 2001/58/EG dealt with information on hazardous preparations, and imposes a requirement on us to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). A copy can be provided on request.


Suitable for vegetarians : yes
Suitable for vegans : no
Kosher : available on request
Halal : yes

9.3 BakkerijPlaza

As part of the sectoral organisation for suppliers of bakery ingredients Nebafa, Sonneveld Group B.V. participate in the BakkerijPlaza project. BakkerijPlaza involves the construction and organisation of an "information square" from where our customers (primarily bakers) can obtain information on the preparation of a legally compliant label. The roll-out of the project is currently in progress under the oversight of the GZP Product Board.

BakkerijPlaza consists of two components:

1 SpecsPlaza; This is a central location where participants in the bakery supply chain can place their product specifications.

2 RiskPlaza; This contains an overview of the hazards of each raw material.

The BakkerijPlaza is an initiative of the Dutch bakery sector, but other sectors and various other European countries are watching developments with interest. Sonneveld were positively audited on RiskPlaza in February 2008. This means that our customers no longer need to carry out demonstrable control of hazards. Sonneveld were also the first participants to be automatically linked with Specsplaza, allowing product information sheets to be directly updated within the database.

BRC Halal Kosher RSPO Skal

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