September 2020

Buteressence is ending its Riskplaza audit + certification

From 2012 to September 2020, Buteressence was Riskplaza audit+ certified, in addition to our FSSC 22000 food safety certificate.

Guided by Riskplaza we have conclusively demonstrated that we are in full control of the defined raw material hazards for our flavour portfolio as included in their database. The Riskplaza scheme was developed in the past through a collaboration of the food business with the government (NVWA).
Initially focused on the bakery industry and therefore with a strong emphasis on the raw materials (ingredient groups) used in this important market sector.

We have made the decision to end our certification because we believe that the hazards identified by Riskplaza are less relevant to our specific flavour raw materials portfolio. Flavouring substances are often concentrated and defined substances that potentially have their origin in these ingredient groups but are significantly different in terms of composition and the level of processing.

The withdrawal of our Riskplaza certification obviously does not mean that we no longer carry out risk analyses of the raw materials used in the compounding of our flavourings. The actuality of it is guaranteed and forms an important element of the annual certification audit for our pending FSSC 22000 food safety certificate.

We sincerely thank the Riskplaza organization and the various certification bodies for their guidance and input over the years. It has given us further insights in controlling food safety and it enables us to continue to be a good partner for our customers who themselves are Riskplaza audit + certified.

March 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 and our business operations

The current coronavirus pandemic has the world in an oppressive grip, which has been translated into necessary but very rigorous restrictions in our daily life. Running day-to-day operations in many segments, including the food industry which is considered crucial, has proven to be very challenging.

Our thoughts initially go out to everyone who is in any way affected by this crisis and we admire the many people in care professions who provide the necessary relief and treatment.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and their families. In addition to this, continuity of our operations is equally important because we are an important supplier to the food industry. For both international and regional branded manufacturers and private label specialists, who themselves feel the enormous pressure on their shoulders to keep supermarkets and other retail outlets stocked.

In order to guarantee this continuity in deliveries as much as possible, we have meanwhile introduced a series of measures and initiatives:

  • Our raw materials are sourced worldwide. We monitor relevant developments in terms of availability and logistics and, where necessary, have adjusted stock positions and other purchasing parameters.
  • Our operations have been adjusted to reduce the presence of our staff on site where possible, combined with a wide range of measures to raise internal awareness and to prevent contamination.

2020 will certainly be a year to remember, but not in the way we had imagined it. In the context of our 150th anniversary, a number of festivities were planned for both our customers and employees. As a company, we decided to postpone these events to 2021 in order to fully focus on the health and supply priorities outlined above.

We want to thank our Buteressence employees for their efforts in these turbulent times.

If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact us on 0031 (0) 75 631 44 11.


January 2020

150th Anniversary Year

This anniversary year of Buteressence, the 150 year old flavour specialist located in Zaandam in the Netherlands, was festively kicked-off on Thursday 28th of November 2019.

Two important themes run characterize this jubilee year. Using the Dutch slogan “Lekker Bezig” (Tasty in Business) the company shows that it is constantly evolving to create and produce contemporary and distinctive flavours. In addition, the company is launching ambitious plans for the coming years for both improved production facilities and further upgrades of its portfolio range.

For Ton Toben, director-owner of the company, it is evident that the success and continuity is predominantly due to the 40 colleagues and the many customers that the company served over the years. An achievement to be proud of!

Buteressence mainly sells its flavours in the Benelux to well-known branded manufacturers, private label specialists and promising start-ups. Selling business-to-business the company from Zaandam is highly dependant for its own success on the competitiveness of its customers in today’s very demanding food market. Delivering customized solutions and a high level of flexibility are prerequisites for this.

To show our appreciation, a special event is scheduled for all customers on Thursday 18th of June 2020.