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Byodo quadruples its daycare catering capacities

 

Mühldorf – 04.06.2024: Byodo Naturkost GmbH in Mühldorf am Inn is investing in a project close to its heart and expanding its daycare catering capacity from the current 600 to up to 2,500 meals a day. To this end, the organic company is remodeling the building and installing a completely new production kitchen. From September, the first 100% organic meals will be produced and delivered in the new kitchen.

 

Since 2017, Byodo Naturkost has been supplying nurseries and kindergartens in the districts of Mühldorf and Altötting with lunches made from 100% organic ingredients. But even much earlier, the company was involved in the organic lunch box campaign, where all children starting school can look forward to a healthy break. “As an organic pioneer, it is a matter close to our hearts to provide even the youngest children with 100% organic meals,” says Stephanie Moßbacher, Managing Director of Byodo Naturkost. “It is an investment in the health of the youngest children in the region – soon even more children will be able to enjoy a DGE-certified meal every day.”

 

With around 600 meals a day, the existing kitchen is currently working at full capacity. The new kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment will have a capacity of up to 2,500 meals a day from September 2024. “The positive response from the facilities and the steadily increasing demand have prompted us to expand the range even further,” says Marcus Hofer, Operations Manager at Feinsinn Bioladen und Genussküche. “There is still capacity available from September, so anyone interested is welcome to contact us.”

 

The meals are freshly prepared every day, then cooled and delivered to 17 facilities by electric car. The food is gently heated there at lunchtime. The so-called Cook & Chill process ensures optimum preservation of nutrients. The “DGE Quality Standard for Catering in Daycare Centers” ensures wholesome and health-promoting meals through, among other things, particularly low-fat and nutrient-sparing preparation, sparing use of sugar and salt and seasonal ingredients.

 

For the conversion, the organic company is relying on regional and proven partners, some of whom were already involved in the expansion of the warehouse and the construction of the associated Feinsinn organic store.

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Gold award for the Feinsinn gourmet cuisine from Byodo

In-house gastronomy is one of the first to receive new organic certification

 

Mühldorf – 23.04.2024: Feinsinn – Bioladen und Genussküche, a Byodo Naturkost company based in Mühldorf am Inn, is one of the first catering businesses in the region to be awarded the new state organic certificate for out-of-home catering (AHV) in gold. Since it opened in 2016, employees and guests have been able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake in 100% organic quality.

 

The gourmet cuisine in the “Feinsinn” organic food store has recently been awarded the new gold organic seal for out-of-home catering, which is awarded for an organic content of 90-100%. Since its opening, diners at the Feinsinn Genussküche have been able to rely on 100% organic ingredients in all dishes. The kitchen team has always cooked fresh and exclusively with organic products out of conviction. For eight years now, Byodo Naturkost has been contributing to the national Organic Strategy 2030, which includes the expansion of organic out-of-home catering as a key measure.

 

Among the regulars in the Feinsinn Genussküche are the approximately 110 employees of the organic company Byodo Naturkost, to which Feinsinn belongs and which has its offices directly on the floor above the store. “Top quality, maximum enjoyment and 100% organic – we place the same demands on the dishes in our gourmet kitchen as we do on our Byodo products. Both our employees and numerous external guests appreciate this outstanding culinary offering every day,” says Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher. Feinsinn Operations Manager Marcus Hofer adds: “Our guests have always been able to rely on the organic quality of our dishes, we only work with organically produced ingredients out of conviction and are also regularly inspected by the organic inspection body. The new organic label now communicates this even more simply and clearly.”

 

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture adopted the new Organic Out-of-Home Catering Ordinance (Bio-AHVV) at the end of 2023. This is accompanied by three new organic seals in gold, silver and bronze, which show guests at a glance how high the organic content of the restaurant is. This makes it easier for consumers to choose organically produced food and dishes when eating in the canteen, in restaurants or on the go.

 

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New dual leadership at Byodo Naturkost

Second managing director at the side of founder’s daughter Stephanie Moßbacher

 

Mühldorf – 19.03.2024: Since 01.03.2024, the organic company Byodo Naturkost has been managed by a dual leadership team. The 43-year-old business administration graduate Bernd Hochstädter joins the Byodo management team alongside the founder’s daughter Stephanie Moßbacher. With the new management board – consisting of the management and an authorized signatory – the company is positioning itself strongly for the future in order to continue to operate effectively on the market.

 

Byodo Naturkost has gained an experienced manager with special expertise in sales in Bernd Hochstädter, who holds a degree in business administration. Since March 2024, he has therefore been responsible for Sales & Purchasing / Logistics as the second Managing Director. Bernd Hochstädter’s professional career has taken him from a commercial apprenticeship to an MBA degree and finally to Vice President of an internationally operating sustainable company.

 

“The organic growth market has immense potential for the future and I am delighted to now be able to play an active role in shaping it,” says the experienced business economist. Sustainability is one of his favorite topics, to which he also attributes a high level of innovation. “I am delighted to now be able to combine sustainability and my hobby of healthy and enjoyable eating professionally”. Despite working internationally in larger companies, he describes his working style as pragmatic and “hands-on”.

 

Stephanie Moßbacher, previously the sole managing director, is looking forward to working together. “After four years as sole Managing Director, I can now concentrate more on expanding the Byodo brand and look forward to working with Bernd Hochstädter,” explains the Managing Partner. In future, Stephanie Moßbacher will be responsible for quality and sustainability management as well as her favorite topics of marketing and product management in addition to the commercial area. Working in partnership with customers, suppliers and the team is at the heart of the Byodo philosophy. “As the daughter of the founder, I see it as my task to transform this message into the future and to constantly convey the meaningfulness of what we do at Byodo,” explains the 34-year-old.

 

Christian Bäumer has been Commercial Director at Byodo Naturkost since February 2023 and is responsible for Finance, Controlling, Human Resources, Warehouse, IT and Administration. He has now been appointed as an authorized signatory and thus completes the new management team. “I am grateful for the trust placed in me and look forward to taking on even more responsibility in the company and supporting Byodo in its further growth,” assures Christian Bäumer.

 

The new management committee agrees that speed and the courage to shape the future have absolute priority when it comes to current and future challenges. “We want to shape the market successfully and sustainably with a clear pinch of Byodo purpose,” the three decision-makers assure us.

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25 of 39 years part of Byodo

Organic company honors long-standing employees

 

Mühldorf – 27.02.2024: The Mühldorf-based organic food company Byodo Naturkost paid tribute to its long-serving employees at the start of the year. 9 Byodos was honored by the shareholders Michael Moßbacher and Andrea Sonnberger for a total of 155 years of service.

 

Some of the long-standing Byodos employees have already completed their training at the organic pioneer in Mühldorf and have remained loyal to the family business ever since. Benedikt Wagner has been with the company for 10 years and now visits organic food stores as a sales representative in the field. Cristine Hoffmann looks after Byodo customers in the office and had her first day of training 15 years ago. Warehouse specialist Juliane Zens also started with her – she takes care of incoming goods in the Byodo warehouse.

 

Petra Bentlage, who has held various positions in the company and is now responsible for all personnel matters, also celebrated her 10th anniversary. Claudia Krauß was honored for 15 years. She started in sales at Byodo Naturkost, initially in the office and is now a sales representative.

 

Horst Friedrich, also a sales representative in the field, and Gabriele Zierhofer, customer service, have been part of the Byodo team for 20 years. At that time, Byodo Naturkost still had an office and warehouse in Edisonstraße in Mühldorf. The company shared the building with the organic muesli manufacturer Barnhouse, which is still based there today.

 

Two Byodo veterans were honored for 25 years of service: Gabriele Tekles, Head of Customer Service, and Johann Greff, Warehouse Manager. They complemented the Byodo Naturkost team, which was still very small at the time; “we were just a handful of people”, as founder and owner Michael Moßbacher described it at the award ceremony. Incidentally, the first Byodo website also went online in the same year. The company itself was founded 39 years ago.

 

Partner and Byodo founder Michael Moßbacher, partner Andrea Sonnberger and managing director Stephanie Moßbacher thanked the jubilarians with flowers, a gift voucher and a warm hug. This long-standing affiliation with the company shows once again that the organic company has not only been on the “common path” – true to its company name – but has also always been on the right path with its value orientation in its daily activities.

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"The value of quality runs through the entire company"

Byodo Naturkost receives IFS initial certification at “Higher Level”

 

Mühldorf – 24.01.2024: Byodo Naturkost GmbH has been audited for the first time according to the strict requirements of the IFS standard and met them with a score of over 95 out of 100 %. The organic company has thus secured the “Higher Level” award and has received independent confirmation that it meets the highest quality standards and product safety criteria.

 

The International Featured Standard (IFS) is regarded as one of the most demanding and therefore strictest quality certificates in the food and beverage industry. During the 2-day audit in November 2023, Byodo Naturkost put all processes and measures that serve quality management and guarantee product safety to the test. This ranges from corporate policy and organizational structure to the individual processes in the specialist departments.

 

The organic company was audited in all areas of the company: Byodo supplies the retail trade with its branded products, serves the catering trade and communal catering businesses with the bulk packs of the Byodo CateringLine and also offers raw materials and private label products. Due to these diverse divisions, the company was certified in accordance with both IFS Broker – for trading activities – and IFS Logistics Standards – for warehouse management from goods receipt to order picking. The certificates thus prove to the existing customer base as well as new regional and international interested parties the high level of customer orientation and product safety.

 

“The value of quality runs through your entire company. If you do something, you do it right,” said IFS auditor Sissy Wokensky. She was also impressed by the excellent and unique team spirit. These words of appreciation were followed by the corresponding certificate with the “Higher Level” award for the special achievement. The IFS Broker requirements were met with over 95%, and Byodo Naturkost even achieved over 97% in the IFS Logistics area.

 

Quality has been a very high priority at Byodo Naturkost since it was founded almost 40 years ago and is also firmly anchored in the culture as a central corporate value. The family business has imposed strict quality guidelines on itself, which go far beyond the legal requirements and are practiced on a daily basis. “In addition to 100% organic ingredients in our products, our concept of quality also includes the strictest analytical parameters and sensory tests. Sustainability and service quality towards all our business partners are also part of this. The annual objective audit of our quality management based on the IFS criteria is an important building block here, and we are very pleased with the positive result,” says Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher.

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Even more vouchers for a good cause

Feinsinn donates 1,500 euros to Anna Hospizverein

 

Mühldorf – 20.12.2023: After the outstanding success of last year’s deposit voucher donation campaign, the customers of Feinsinns – Bioladen & Genussküche in Mühldorf outdid themselves: The proceeds of 1,500 euros were recently donated to the Anna Hospizverein in Polling.

Almost 300 euros more than last year were collected in the donation box next to the deposit machine. Everything is made up of very small amounts that barely exceed one euro and which Feinsinn customers do not miss, but which can do a lot of good in total. The Feinsinn organic food store topped up the round sum of 1,500 euros out of its own pocket.

 

The Anna Hospizverein accompanies people in the last phase of their lives and also offers bereavement counseling and palliative medical services. As not all services are covered by health insurance, the association is dependent on donations. A large proportion of the costs are for staff, explains Managing Director Petra Zimmermann-Schwier: “At the end of life, you need people, not things.” She was all the more delighted to receive a cheque for 1,500 euros for the work of the hospice association, which store manager Sarah de Crignis and Feinsinn operations manager Marcus Hofer presented shortly before Christmas.

 

It goes without saying that the deposit donation campaign will continue in the new year. Feinsinn also supports other social and ecological projects such as collecting corks, which are recycled and the proceeds of which benefit a NABU crane conservation project.

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Byodo takes on the Veganuary Workplace Challenge

Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher sets a good example

 

Mühldorf – 19.12.2023: Byodo Naturkost GmbH is taking part in the Veganuary Workplace Challenge for the first time in January 2024. The organic company is inspiring around 110 employees at its site in Mühldorf am Inn to follow a purely plant-based diet for a month.

The Veganuary Workplace Challenge at Byodo starts with an anonymous survey among employees about their current eating habits. In January, they can exchange ideas in a Veganuary Teams Chanel and are provided with recipes, tips and information about vegan nutrition several times a week. The gourmet kitchen integrated into the in-house organic store “Feinsinn” will offer a new vegan dish every day so that employees can easily switch to a plant-based meal at work. In addition, the quarterly health breakfast, which all Byodos customers can attend free of charge, will be vegan in the first quarter. The Veganuary Workplace Challenge at Byodo ends with another survey to find out what the vegan month has achieved in the team.

“At Byodo, we want to inspire as many people as possible to adopt a sustainable lifestyle – starting with our employees,” explains Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher. “The Veganuary Workplace Challenge is therefore a great initiative for us, and as a vegetarian myself, I’ve been at the forefront of it since I was a child.”

 

The family business Byodo Naturkost recognized the importance of a plant-based diet early on. Because while Veganuary was founded in the UK in 2014, Byodo launched the first vegan organic mayo here in Germany – an absolute innovation almost 10 years ago. The same applies today: wherever possible, animal ingredients are avoided. To achieve this, the pioneer of organic enjoyment refines the ideal recipe until it lives up to the Byodo promise of enjoyment and contains as few additives as possible. In the vegan mayo, for example, the egg was therefore not replaced with conventional soy or pea protein, but with mild sunflower protein. For Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher, one thing is clear: “For me, organic, regenerative agriculture and conscious, predominantly plant-based nutrition are the path to a sustainable future.”

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"The best frying olive oil on the market" turns 20

Byodos Roast Olive Mediterranean is also Best Organic 2024

 

Mühldorf – 20.11.2023: Byodo Naturkost has two reasons to celebrate: the Roast Olive Mediterranean received the Best Organic 2024 award and was highly praised by the jury. At the same time, the customer favorite will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the organic company’s range next year.

In the Schrot&Korn “Best Organic” customer survey, selected testers put a range of organic products through their paces – or rather, their taste, mouthfeel, smell and packaging. Byodo Naturkost’s Roast Olive Mediterranean – a pure olive oil that can be heated to a high temperature – was convincing across the board. The “exceptionally high quality” and “excellent heat resistance” were praised many times, as was the Mediterranean olive note: “Finally I can fry with a tasty olive oil!” And more than once, Frying Olive Mediterranean has been described as “the best frying olive oil on the market”.

 

But that’s not all: in 2024, the Brat-Olive Mediterran will also be celebrating its 20th birthday in the range. But how can a product remain so successful for two decades? The frying olive oil is a symbol of the innovative strength that Byodo is committed to. Following the introduction of the “frying oil” category in the organic market in 1996 with a classic sunflower oil, olive oil, which can be heated to a high temperature, was added in 2004. From then on, it became an absolute customer favorite and Byodo’s top product. This is also reflected in the sales figures: In 2022, it was the best-selling organic product in the dry sector*. The organic pioneer therefore recently even introduced a variant of the frying oil: The Frying Olive Mild for those who appreciate a less strong olive flavor.

 

*bioVista (retail panel for the organic specialist trade), evaluation period: calendar year 2022 (as at January 2023)

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What makes Byodo tick

Shared values as the key to success

 


Mühldorf – 30.10.2023: If the “cultural fit” is not right, there is a high risk that new employees will quickly leave a company, according to a recent study. Byodo Naturkost GmbH works with a strong focus on values. This is why Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher recently took the time to explain the mission statement and corporate values to the new arrivals in detail.

 

According to an onboarding survey in 2023, technical induction is a clear focus for almost all companies surveyed (93%). At the same time, 28% of new hires leave the company within the first year because there is no “cultural fit”. So it’s not a lack of qualifications, but the fact that employees and companies don’t tick in the same way.

 

The organic company Byodo Naturkost from Mühldorf am Inn wants to actively counteract this and commit its team to shared values. Managing Partner Stephanie Moßbacher has now personally taken a few hours of her scarce time for this.

 

In recent years, Byodo Naturkost has focused intensively on its corporate culture. “We have clearly defined our vision, mission and values and drawn up guidelines on how we want to work and interact with each other,” says Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher. “Many of the team were actively involved in this process. That’s why it’s very important to me to pick up the new “Byodos” as well, so that we’re all on the same path together.”

 

During her workshop, Stephanie Moßbacher gave exciting insights into her personal journey at Byodo and her view of the company and its future. After presenting the company values – respect, doing business differently, quality, togetherness and innovation – the participants were asked to find an example of how each value is already being practiced in a positive way, as well as an example of where they still see potential for improvement. At the concluding lunch together, the Managing Director and the team were able to get to know each other better and strengthen their common bond.

 

Source: Haufe Onboarding Survey, May 2023

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Successful start to funding

Byodo draws a positive interim balance

 

Mühldorf – 19.09.2023: The new BIObegeistert promotion from the Mühldorf-based family business Byodo Naturkost has got off to a successful start. The first projects start with the new school year. The application deadlines for 2024 have already been set.

In May of this year, Byodo rolled out its new BIObegeistert promotion. Under the motto “Together for a sustainable future”, projects relating to sustainable nutrition are supported financially. After the first application deadline at the end of June, the organic company has drawn a positive interim balance.

 

“Although the funding was still very new, a number of schools and kindergartens have already applied with great ideas,” says Sabine Gillhuber, who is responsible for the project. “We are delighted to see how committed the teachers and educators are to teaching the children about sustainable nutrition.”

 

Most of the projects start with the new school and daycare year. Byodo subsidizes, among other things, a cooking course with organic food at the Grundschule Nord elementary school in Traunreut, a guided tour of a Demeter farm at the Don Bosco kindergarten in Neuötting and the continuation of the school garden and processing of the harvest at the Teisinger elementary school.

 

The next deadline for applications is 30 November and the organic company from Mühldorf am Inn is encouraging all schools, daycare centres, clubs and other voluntary organizations to apply with suitable projects. Further information and the cut-off dates for 2024 can be found at www.byodo.de/biobegeistert

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Company laptops from Byodo: donation instead of disposal

Second hand appliances for students in Malawi

 

Mühldorf – 21.06.2023: Living sustainability goes beyond organic products – which is why the organic company Byodo Naturkost from Mühldorf am Inn is giving functional hardware a second life. The company’s laptops enable low-income students in southern Africa to study at university through MalawiHilfe Schwindegg.

Byodo Naturkost has been supporting Malawi Hilfe Schwindegg for many years. The organization supports pupils and students in one of the poorest countries in the world through educational sponsorships. The educational sponsors finance the tuition fees and in some cases also the living costs for young people who would not be able to afford a university education without support, even though they are qualified. “The students also need help with laptops and smartphones in order to be able to study at all, and this is where we help together with the used laptops from Byodo,” says Konrad Ess, first chairman of Malawi Aid, who personally handed over the devices on site.

 

Byodo Naturkost itself also frequently uses second-hand appliances instead of new ones. Environmentally friendly and resource-saving hardware is part of the organic company’s “Green IT” strategy. By acquiring a stake in Agotech IT-Systemhaus GmbH, the family business has brought a competent partner in this field directly into the company. Agotech also prepared the laptops for Malawi aid free of charge for their new use, including complete data cleansing.

 

Repairing instead of throwing away is another motto of sustainable IT at the Mühldorf-based organic company. Thanks to Agotech’s repair workshop, Byodo Naturkost can use many of its electrical appliances until they really have reached the end of their life or donate them to social projects such as Malawi Aid.

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Byodo promotes commitment to sustainable nutrition

Financial support for projects in the region

 

Mühldorf – 24.05.2023: Byodo Naturkost would like to support sustainable food projects in the region. To this end, the organic company is launching the BIObegeistert promotion under the motto: Together for a sustainable future. The first deadline for applications is June 30.

 

Whether kindergartens, schools, vocational schools or associations – anyone who wants to set up a project that combines the topics of nutrition and sustainability and actively involves young people can apply for financial support from Byodo Naturkost’s BIObegeistert program. The range of possible actions is wide.

 

“We see ourselves as pioneers of organic enjoyment – and now we want to inspire even more people and take them with us on our common path to a sustainable future,” says Sabine Gillhuber, who is responsible for the new Byodo promotion. When it comes to organic food and sustainability go hand in hand, and this is also how the company presents the projects it supports. “Setting an example is important, but being active yourself is even better. We want the campaigns to impart knowledge or values – also in a playful way, depending on the age group – and at the same time make young people want to lead a sustainable lifestyle.”

 

Applications are possible as of now. A convincing project description and an estimate of the required budget must be submitted. On this basis, the jury at Byodo Naturkost selects the best projects and determines the individual funding amounts. All applications received by June 30 will receive feedback by July 19. For all those who have a brilliant idea later, there is a second round of applications until November 30. All information, deadlines and application documents can be found at www.byodo.de/biobegeistert.

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Packaging-free shopping at the fresh food counter

Feinsinn now also uses reusable containers for cheese, sausage and delicatessen products

 

Mühldorf – 03.05.2023: The organic supermarket Feinsinn in Mühldorf now also offers the option of packaging-free shopping at its fresh food counter. Instead of sausage and cheese paper or plastic trays for delicatessen products, customers can now also choose reusable boxes from the Rebowl brand. These have been used successfully at the Feinsinn Genussküche for two years now and have been well received by guests.

 

Anyone who likes to shop without packaging has reason to be happy: at Feinsinn – Bioladen & Genussküche in Mühldorf, organic products can now also be bought at the fresh food counter without disposable packaging but in a so-called “rebowl”. These are reusable boxes for which a deposit of 5 euros is payable, which is refunded on return to Feinsinn or all other participating stores. The tins, which are available in various sizes, are then hygienically cleaned and can be reused up to 500 times. The test phase at the fresh food counter has shown that the concept also works for sausage, cheese and delicatessen.

 

Rebowls are probably not completely new to most Feinsinn customers, as they have been used in the gourmet kitchen for to-go dishes since 2021. Although the Feinsinn’s green center invites you to linger and enjoy a leisurely lunch, the gourmet kitchen also offers its daily changing organic dishes to take away. The alternative disposable packaging is made of compostable material and organic plastic lids. They cost a small surcharge at the Genussküche to provide a financial incentive for more packaging avoidance.

 

“The introduction of rebowls in the gourmet kitchen was a success right from the start,” says Operations Manager Marcus Hofer. “For many guests, taking away and exchanging the reusable packaging has already become a matter of course. We are delighted that the Rebowls are now also being increasingly accepted at the fresh food counter.”

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Byodo once again honored as a thriving company

Near-natural company premises for more biodiversity

 

Mühldorf – 21.03.2023: Byodo Naturkost GmbH from Mühldorf am Inn has once again been recognized as a Blooming Company by Blühpakt Bayern for its naturally designed company premises. In this way, the organic company is making an important contribution to preserving insect diversity.

 

The Blühpakt Bayern has set itself the task of stopping species extinction, especially among insects. Companies that design their open spaces to be close to nature and thus create a habitat for insects are therefore recognized as Blooming Companies. This is the second time that Byodo Naturkost GmbH has received the award.

 

The open spaces on the company premises are laid out as extensively maintained rough pasture, i.e. they are only rarely mowed. The particularly lime-rich and nutrient-poor soil ensures a year-round flower population that provides shelter and food for insects. The roofs of the Byodo office building and the associated Feinsinn organic food store are also greened.

 

But Byodo Naturkost is also committed to more insect protection and biodiversity outside its own premises. Since 2020, the organic pioneer has also been the sponsor of a 500 m² flowering area between Mühldorf and Weiding. The former field was transformed into a habitat for a variety of insects and other animals using native seeds. The flowering area is maintained by Maschinenring Altötting-Mühldorf.

 

With its commitment to more natural areas, the organic pioneer also wants to inspire other companies and private individuals to make open spaces and gardens as insect-friendly as possible. At bluehpakt.bayern.de there are numerous tips for “Blooming Gardens”.

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Best organic stores 2023: Feinsinn honored again

Atmosphere and advice score particularly well

 

Mühldorf – 07.03.2023: Customers gave Feinsinn – Bioladen & Genussküche in Mühldorf am Inn an overall rating of “Bronze”. In the “Best Organic Shops” competition organized by the organic food magazine Schrot&Korn, the organic supermarket won the award for the third time in a row, making it the best organic store in Upper Bavaria in its category.

 

At the end of last year, customers had the opportunity to rate “their” organic supermarkets and farm stores online. At BioFach in Nuremberg, the winning stores were chosen, including Feinsinn – Bioladen & Genussküche in Mühldorf am Inn in the category “Organic supermarkets from 400 square meters”. 249 customers rated the organic store in the categories of overall impression, fresh fruit, fresh MoPro (dairy products), product range, advice, price, atmosphere and an additional category that changes every year, which this year was: “Offers something special”. The fact that Feinsinn offers that certain something was confirmed by the participants with the bronze award, which was also given for the consultation. The unique atmosphere in the organic store was even awarded the silver medal.

 

“We would like to thank everyone for their participation and the many positive reviews! For the Feinsinn team, the high praise for our service is a great confirmation of their daily work. Friendly and competent advice – in addition to our beautiful premises – also contributes to the overall atmosphere,” says Marcus Hofer, Operations Manager at Feinsinn.

 

In addition to the evaluation, the customer survey also provided space for specific feedback and wishes for the organic stores. At Feinsinn, the results of the competition are therefore always evaluated and measures are derived. A frequently mentioned customer request last year was even more choice – in order to fulfill this, the natural cosmetics range was revised, new items were added to the beer and wine department and the vegan selection is also constantly being updated with new products. Anyone who has been wishing for more packaging-free products can also be pleased: a test phase is currently underway for the use of rebowls for sausage and cheese at the fresh food counter. The reusable containers have already been tried and tested in the gourmet kitchen.

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For a darker night

Byodo switches off advertising lighting from 9 pm

 

Mühldorf – 01.03.2023: Byodo Naturkost recently became a supporter of “Paten der Nacht”, a Germany-wide organization against light pollution. The Mühldorf-based organic company has adjusted the burning time of its advertising lighting and now switches off all lights at 9 pm.

 

“What microplastics are in our oceans, lakes and soil, artificial light is in our atmosphere,” says the organization “Godfathers of the Night”, explaining the problem of light pollution. A night illuminated by artificial light disturbs the biorhythm of humans, animals and plants. That is why the godparents of the night are actively campaigning for a reduction in artificial lighting in both the commercial and private sectors.

 

The associated project “10 p.m. – lights out” is specifically about advertising lighting. The organization is trying to persuade companies to switch off outdoor advertising lighting by 10 p.m. at the latest. The organic company Byodo Naturkost is participating in this project and adjusted the lighting times at the end of February.

 

“We are going one step further by giving the night an extra hour of darkness. In future, Byodo Naturkost and our organic store Feinsinn will be saying “9 pm – lights out”,” says Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher. “By taking part in this project, we also want to encourage other companies to rethink their approach.”

 

In addition to a financial contribution, Byodo Naturkost GmbH therefore also supports the sponsors of the night with its reach, e.g. in social media. Because the more private individuals and companies take part, the darker the night becomes and the more the environment benefits. Helpful tips for reducing light pollution can be found at www.paten-der-nacht.de.

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Natural food retailer Byodo acquires stake in IT company

Win-win for both sides

 

Mühldorf – 15.02.2023: Byodo Naturkost GmbH is the new shareholder of Agotech IT-Systemhaus GmbH. With this step, the Mühldorf-based natural food supplier is driving forward its new digitalization strategy. Cyber crime and green IT are important future topics for the sustainable organic pioneer. The owner-managed company Agotech has relocated its offices to the Byodo headquarters in the Mühldorf Nord industrial estate.

For over 20 years, Reinhard Steckermeier and his company Agotech have been looking after all IT issues – from server architecture to software selection – at Byodo Naturkost. Agotech has now been transformed into a limited company with two shareholders – Reinhard Steckermeier and Byodo Naturkost GmbH. The many years of close and successful cooperation have prompted both sides to take this step. “Through our participation,” says Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher, “on the one hand, we are securing the comprehensive expertise that we have built up through many years of collaboration and joint projects. On the other hand, we are in a position to continue shaping the topic of green IT as a pioneer and stay ahead of the game.

Agotech Managing Director Reinhard Steckermeier sees the connection as a classic win-win situation. “We have the backing and infrastructure of a major partner who supports us in many ways, giving us the freedom to continue our positive development in important IT areas such as cyber security and green IT”.

 

The IT specialists, who were previously employed by Byodo, moved to the new company when the investment came into effect, thereby expanding their radius of action to include new customers and subject areas. However, they will continue to look after the administration, maintenance and infrastructure as well as the IT security of Byodo Naturkost GmbH. For the Byodo workforce, therefore, nothing has changed in their daily work. Agotech currently employs five people and is also training IT specialists for system integration.

 

In addition to IT security – cyber-attacks are mainly carried out on small and medium-sized companies, as they often do not take sufficient precautions for their IT security for cost reasons – the topic of green IT is also high on the agenda. As a sustainable company, Byodo Naturkost GmbH wants to continue to rise to the challenge of making its processes and tools as sustainable and digital as possible.

 

“Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role, especially in digitalization, and without IT security, our company is in danger. Instead of looking the other way, we are tackling these issues head on,” the two owner-managed companies agree.

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Byodo builds 16 new e-charging stations

Company cars fill up with solar power from the roof of the company building

 

Mühldorf – 26.07.2022: Byodo Naturkost is expanding its e-charging infrastructure at its headquarters in Mühldorf am Inn. In future, 16 new charging points will be available for the company cars. The organic company generates the electricity for this itself with the photovoltaic system on the roof of the company building.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new e-charging stations was held on July 6. All work should be completed in the fall and the stations will go into operation. 22 KW will be available at all wallboxes to charge fully electric vehicles from 0 to 100 % in around 4 hours. Byodo Naturkost is also currently converting its entire company fleet from hybrid to electric cars.

 

“We are very proud of our climate-neutral company building. However, a major CO2 factor so far has been the employees’ journey to the Mühldorf site in company cars. We have therefore decided to expand sustainability at the site in order to further reduce our carbon footprint,” says Byodo Managing Director Stephanie Moßbacher.

 

The organic company generates the electricity for the charging stations directly on its own roof. The photovoltaic systems on the office building and warehouse generate up to 500 kWp at peak times – this corresponds to an annual CO2 saving of around 300,000 kg. Byodo Naturkost uses most of this electricity itself. The family-run company only uses green electricity for its energy requirements and therefore does not use any fossil fuels at the site.

 

The new wallboxes at the charging stations are also climate-neutral and produced in Austria. With the gardening and landscaping company Bitzer & Bernhard from Mettenheim and the master electricians Schindler & Denk from Ampfing, only companies from the immediate vicinity are involved in the construction work at Byodo Naturkost.

 

While the newly built e-charging stations will be available exclusively for Byodo company cars, the company also offers public charging stations in the parking lot of the company’s own organic food store Feinsinn. Charging is also completely free for customers of the organic store – they can activate this function at the charging station with their Feinsinn customer card.

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100% recycling, 100% taste

Byodo switches to 100% recycled material for aluminum tubes

 

Mühldorf – 09.02.2022: Since 2022, Byodo has only been using tubes made from 100% recycled aluminum for mustards, mayonnaise and tomato paste. Not only does this save a lot of CO2 during production, aluminum can also be recycled an infinite number of times – if it is disposed of correctly.

Since the new year, the Mühldorf-based family business has only been packaging its tube products in 100% recycled aluminum. Byodo Naturkost GmbH is one of the first in the industry to take this step. A special alloy ensures that the material properties of the aluminum tubes are in no way inferior to those of primary raw materials. Best product protection for optimum taste has always been Byodo’s top priority.

 

The material for the organic pioneer’s new mustard, mayo and tomato paste tubes comes from the environmentally friendly recycling of production aluminum. While it was previously mainly used for cosmetic products, food can now also be filled into the tubes thanks to a specially developed alloy. Optimally protected from light and air, the taste and color of the organic products are optimally preserved.

 

The new recycled aluminum tubes have several advantages: Firstly, the tube made from recycled material causes significantly lower CO2 emissions during production compared to packaging made from primary aluminum. Secondly, aluminum is a raw material that is only available in limited quantities on earth. But it can be recycled an infinite number of times. With tubes made from 100% recycled aluminum, Byodo closes the cycle for this valuable raw material.

 

Correct disposal is important for the eternal recycling cycle of aluminum. The tube should be emptied and placed in the yellow bag or the yellow garbage can. Very important: Unscrew the lid and dispose of it separately! Only in this way can the materials be sorted correctly, enter the correct recycling cycle and protect the earth’s limited resources.

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Andrea Sonnberger retires from the Byodo management board

Founder’s daughter Stephanie Moßbacher takes over

 


Mühldorf – 10.01.2022: After 27 years as Managing Director, Byodo shareholder Andrea Sonnberger is retiring from operational activities. She is thus placing the fate of the organic pioneer entirely in the hands of the founder’s daughter Stephanie Moßbacher.

At the end of 2021, Andrea Sonnberger stepped down from the management team and succeeded Michael Moßbacher as an active shareholder. For her, as for the Byodo founder, this means that although she is no longer active in day-to-day business, she is still involved in strategic, groundbreaking decisions. “Working in partnership with customers, suppliers and employees is at the heart of the Byodo philosophy. As an active shareholder, I would like to continue shaping this common path at Byodo.”

In 1994, Andrea Sonnberger joined the company management and became the second owner of Byodo alongside Michael Moßbacher. This also makes her a “veteran” of the industry and she has played a decisive role in shaping the organic movement. Together with the Byodo founder, she developed the company into a successful brand that is now sold and appreciated worldwide.

 

The 32-year-old Stephanie Moßbacher is now the sole managing director of the Mühldorf-based family business. The generational change at Byodo has already been underway for several years: Stephanie Moßbacher joined the company 6 years ago, held various positions in marketing and product management in addition to a management traineeship, and was most recently responsible for the management of both areas. In October 2018, she also became a partner in the organic company and has been managing the company together with Andrea Sonnberger since September 2020.

Even though the company faces different challenges today than it did a good 35 years ago, she wants to continue the success story in the spirit of her father and Andrea Sonnberger: “Together with the Byodo team, I want to inspire even more people to live a sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle – and thus make a positive contribution to a more sustainable world.”

To achieve this, it will focus on strengthening the brand, expanding digitalization and establishing a participative and modern management culture.

 

Stephanie Moßbacher and the entire Byodo team would like to thank Andrea Sonnberger for 27 years as Managing Director with a lot of heart and passion.

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Dine like little queens

Byodo nursery catering meets the high “DGE quality standard for catering in daycare facilities for children”

 

Mühldorf – 15.02.2021: Lunch for the children should not only be healthy and wholesome, but also particularly tasty, when the e-car from the Mühldorf natural food company Byodo delivers the menus for the now 12 daycare centers and kindergartens in the district of Mühldorf. The company has now received certification from the German Nutrition Society (DGE) for its balanced menu for young gourmets in the municipal facilities, which is made up of high-quality organic products from the region and season.

 

Certification is based on the “DGE Quality Standard for Catering in Daycare Facilities for Children”.

To this end, the entire process chain in the company was scrutinized closely. This includes planning, purchasing, preparation, disposal and cleaning for daycare center catering. Criteria such as staff qualifications and communication about the food on offer are also assessed. In addition, the health-promoting composition of the delicious children’s menus, which always consist of a nutritious main course in combination with a fresh raw vegetable salad or a dessert, is of the utmost importance.

 

The dedicated and highly qualified Byodo kitchen team passed all the criteria with flying colors, so that the company can now be pleased to have been awarded the DGE-certified status. This elevates the varied and healthy menu for the little ones, especially as the use of products made only from 100% organic raw materials is an absolute specialty. Marcus Hofer, the person responsible for Byodo nursery catering, is delighted to have successfully passed the test: “The certification was a process, but for us as a longstanding natural food professional it was not too big a hurdle. Many of the criteria are a matter of course for us, as Byodo products also have to meet very high quality standards. All we had to do was prove compliance. Nevertheless, we are of course delighted that our efforts are now visible to the outside world with the DGE logo. The town and parents can be sure that their children can enjoy an absolutely high-quality lunch.”

 

The dishes are prepared using the Cook & Chill method, which optimally preserves nutrients by cooling them down quickly after preparation. The food is then gently reheated in the regeneration ovens in the daycare centers and kindergartens directly before consumption.

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