Supply chain of Animex
The raw material department in our plant cooperates only with the best breeding farms in the country. After thoroughly verifying a given farm in terms of care for animal welfare and preserving traceability, we purchase eggs, which are placed in our hatchery.
We run our own hatchery, where goose eggs are delivered only from proven and contracted breeders, so that we have full control over the hatching process, as well as the quality and health of goslings.
White Kołuda Goose constitutes 98% of the geese that are reared in Poland. These birds are reared in a free-range system and fed mainly grass and oats. Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that geese have permanent access to water bodies and natural green areas.
It is crucial for appropriate development of their plumage.
At every stage of our process geese are treated with special care for their welfare and safety, especially at the last stage of their lives. After the geese are sent into a slaughterhouse, everything is done in accordance with humanitarian practices and European standards. Thanks to the world's unique technique of manual post-mortem extraction and division of fractions, we obtain the best quality raw material.
Goose down and feather is inherently the best insulation materials on the market. Down and feather protect the birds from cold and heat, allowing adaptation to changing climate.
Good quality raw material is only half of the success in feather processing - the way in which the raw material is processed is equally important. The ultimate goal is obtaining a finished product (down) - odourless, free of foreign matter, dust, excess of down feathers and so pure that it can also be used in products intended for allergy sufferers, children and infants. Therefore, in order to become a top quality down, the raw material must undergo an advanced production process and rigorous quality control.
The last stage of our process is a carefully planned shipping of the finished product to our customers. Depending on the customer's preferences, we can deliver goose down by sea, air or land. The SAP system ensures that the customer receives a product that is in accordance with the order.
Only pure white geese are reared in Poland.
No grey geese are reared (except by individuals). Thanks to decades long DNA improvement process, the species of Polish white goose is recognized all over the world.
As soon as the eggs arrive at our hatchery, an important stage, consisting of two phases: incubation and hatching, begins. The most important factors during this time are humidity, temperature and the appropriate frequency of egg rotation. The incubation period for our geese species is 31 days.
The Polish White Kołuda Goose (oat-fattened) is reared in completely natural conditions. Vast green pastures, free access to water and natural nutrition translate into the uniqueness of the final product, which is the globally valued Polish white down. Poland's climatic conditions, with hot summers and frosty winters, are conducive to the development of thick plumage. Goose feathers are designed to protect not only against cold in winter but also against overheating in summer. In Poland, geese are reared on family farms with many years of breeding traditions. Polish white oat-fattened geese are reared on a free-range basis, which allows the birds to enjoy freedom and stress-free life. Its feathers are characterised by high thermal insulation, beautiful white colour and long life.
Although mechanical picking is the easiest way to remove feathers, we do not hold to our unique principles In order to maintain the highest quality of raw material, we use a unique method of post-mortem, manual removal of feather cover. It is a time-consuming and costly process, but it allows to fully preserve the natural structure of down. It also greatly reduces the amount of fiber and damaged feather.
The exceptional technology of dividing into fractions means that different types of raw material are separated and processed individually.
We distinguish and separate four fractions of feathers of different structure:
- A1 - abdominal and thoracic
- A13 - neck
- A26 - wing
- A11 - side
This technique makes it possible to extract the best quality characteristics from each of these feathers. The method of obtaining feathers is unique in the world.
Feather processing plant
Processing of raw material into top-quality down requires a combination of appropriate knowledge, specialist skills and professional machines for processing goose feathers. Naturally, we combine all these qualities to produce a world's unique down.
The production process involves:
- Washing - the raw material is thoroughly cleaned of any surface deposits and residues, so that it can be sterilised.
- Sterilisation - a very precise removal of any microorganisms and mites to ensure that the filling is as clean and non-allergenic as possible
- Sorting - a precise process of separating down from feathers and mix of down and feathers. It is especially important for obtaining high-quality down.
- Dust removal - a process that consists in removing excess dust and down feathers (single pieces of down and feathers). In addition, in order to obtain the highest quality, we also use manual sorting of down.
Production and warehouse management in our plant is based on the SAP system, where each single bag receives an individual label containing complete data that enables precise identification of the origin of the origin, type, quantity and quality of raw material. Based on this data and its analysis, production plans are drawn up for each batch, determining the quality, quantity and intended use for a specific customer or market. The IT system is equipped with modern recording stations and scanners, which allows to eliminate the risk of mistakes and improve work efficiency and deliver the finished product to our customers.
Quality control is the responsibility of the in-house laboratory performing a full range of tests to verify for example:
- percentage of down,
- fat content,
- moisture content,
- organic matter content
Our laboratory carries out control at three stages of production:
- immediately after acceptance of the raw material in order to verify its original parameters
- during processing phases; for the control of the processing process
- after the final product is obtained; to confirm the final parameters of the produced down
In order to verify the quality of our products, we compare our reports and exchange knowledge with external research institutes and independent laboratories, such as IDFL Europe, IDFL USA and Q-TEC Japan.
We ship our goods all over the world. Many years of experience in planning efficient transport makes it easier for us to cooperate with many customers in Europe, Asia or North America. Our products are always shipped in accordance with the recommendations of our customers.
Animex pursues the principles of sustainable development in accordance with the well-known motto "think globally, act locally". We care about the development of our company, its global character and presence on global markets, while not forgetting about the immediate environment in which we operate.
Animex has set goals to be achieved in six areas of sustainable development, the monitoring and accomplishment of which ensures that the Company's mission and strategy are implemented, and that local communities and the environment also benefit from it.
The main areas of sustainable development are:
- product safety
- safety of employees
- animal care
- environmental protection
- supporting the local community
- creating added value for the company and its immediate environment.