No less than 59% of Europeans eat a meal without meat from time to time. To feed these flexitarians, you always need more sausages and veggie burgers. In addition to bioethanol, which is used as fuel, BioWanze manufactures Gluten, made up of the plant proteins needed to make these meat substitutes.
A “green” company for “green” products
BioWanze was created in 2009 in Wanze to produce “green” fuel and animal feed from Belgian cereals. A subsidiary of CropEnergies, itself a subsidiary of the German sugar group Südzucker, it is the largest bioethanol production site in Belgium. To develop the recipe for Gluten, which is a co-product of bioethanol, and to market it, BioWanze has teamed up with Beneo, another Belgian subsidiary of Südzucker, specializing in so-called “functional” ingredients for human and animal nutrition, manufactured from sugar beet, chicory, rice or wheat.
In 2019, BioWanze’s turnover reached 261 million euros and its profit 41.8 million. In 10 years, Südzucker and the Walloon authorities have invested 370 million euros in the Wanze site. Several entities are currently active there. They produce electricity and green energy, 300,000 m3 of bioethanol as well as animal feed and vegetable proteins, including gluten. Excess fiber is applied to fields as biological soil nutrients.
“The BioWanze site has a circular operation, it does not generate waste, says director André Tonneaux. Among our other projects: detergents for ecological soap and alcohol-free shaving foam. Some 50 million euros will be most likely invested in BioWanze over the next 10 years. We aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”