Best Star Meat supplies pork to other Van Loon Group businesses and to industrial customers. In addition, in its role of certifi ed supply chain manager for the Beter Leven (better life) quality label, it maintains all our contacts with the livestock farmers who are contracted to Best Star Meat. Best Star Meat is passionate about working with meat. Every day, we work together in a tightly-knit team to provide our customers with the best raw materials. 

Chain Management and Animal Welfare

Best Star Meat fulfills the role of chain manager within Van Loon Group. We have been a Beter Leven Keurmerk certified chain manager since February 2019. Best Star Meat processes exclusively pork from its own chain with at least a 1 star Beter Leven certification. With the innovative chain concept Varken op z'n Best (Pig at its Best), we are going one step further. This new concept involves cooperation with selected pig farmers, feed suppliers, veterinarians and breeders. With this innovative supply chain concept for Pork, we are increasing the quality of pork and make the chain transparent, sustainable and controllable.

Organic Meat

Best Star Meat is affiliated to the Dutch Association of Organic Pig Farmers, of which almost all organic pig farmers in the Netherlands are members. Best Star Meat purchases pigs from ZON Varken, who is a partner. ZON varken is focused on creating revolutionary pig farms, where pigs are raised under the requirements of the 3-star Beter Leven certification.

Use of Antibiotics 

Best Star Meat is also working to reduce the use of antibiotics. The strictest guidelines are applied with respect to antibiotics use and the farmers in our own chain are monitored in this. We strive to minimise the use of antibiotics without compromising animal welfare and food safety. This is done in cooperation with livestock farmer and chain partners.

Our chain partners

logo De Varkenspraktijk veterinarians
logo adVee Veterinarians
logo De Oosthof Veterinarians
logo De Heus Feeders
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Topigs Norsvin
PIC

Live Stock Coordinator

Ilonka van der Wagt

Livestock Coördinator
Foto Ilonka van der Wagt

Waelko Waalkens

Livestock Coördinator
Foto Waelko

Pork Print Tool

In 2021 we launched the Pork Print Tool in collaboration with HAS University of Applied Sciences. Van Loon Group uses this tool to monitor the carbon footprint of our pork production businesses. The carbon footprint indicates the amount of greenhouse gasses produced for each kilo of pork, from birth to slaughter. The total footprint from birth to slaughter has been mapped for 38 pig producers.