Flemish professional egg farms keep their laying hens in carefully controlled conditions with regard to temperature, climate and ventilation, feed, housing and care.
The packing centres carefully candle and sort the eggs fully automatically. They pack them by weight in the packaging requested by the client.
The quality of the eggs is closely monitored during every link of the production process. Fast through-flow from the producer to the shop guarantees fresh eggs for the consumer.
Each egg is given its own code. With this code, the egg can be traced back to the company where it was laid. The first digit of the code refers to the type of farming system of the laying hens (0: organic; 1: free range; 2: deep-litter indoor housing; 3: group housing). That is followed by the code of the country of origin (e.g. BE: Belgium; NL: Netherlands) and the registration number of the producer (awarded by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Protection of the Food Chain or FASFC).
Belplume, the Belgian quality system for amongst other things the production pillar, includes measures for the entire production pillar of egg farms. This promotes not only the quality of the eggs, but also animal welfare and optimisation of the entire production pillar.
Flanders also leads the way in the European egg product industry and exports egg products all over the world. There are egg products on the basis of whole eggs, the yolk or egg white. Since the demand for convenience products by consumers keeps increasing, new egg products and egg preparations continue to appear on the market.