The founders of Hanegal, Ulrich and Fie, were front-line fighters for organic produce in Denmark. They have been active in the effort to develop organic produce in Denmark for many years, both by creating Hanegal and by working in various organisations related to the organic market.
The starting point was a farm near Silkeborg, which converted to organic farming in 1980. In the early 1990s, Hanegal developed the first system where sows, piglets and fattener pigs lived free range for their entire lives.
In 1994, an organic farm abattoir was established – the first purely organic abattoir in Denmark.
Hanegal’s farm abattoir also marked the beginning of the production of organic meat and cold cuts for Danish supermarkets, and even as early as 1998, there was a need for expansion and it was decided that the production of cold cuts would move to a new factory in Haderslev. During the period from 1998 to 2008, slaughter continued in Voel, but today production is concentrated in Haderslev.
We no longer have our own farm, but we have a close collaboration with our organic suppliers, where extensive consideration is shown for the welfare of the animals.
Activities have expanded significantly since the early 90s, and Hanegal has supplemented the previous range of organic cold cuts with completely new product groups, including:
- Organic ready meals
- Organic plant-based products
- Organic topping products
Produced without the use of any additives. We do not even use the few additives that are permitted in organic production. Our position is that additives are completely unnecessary when you use good raw materials and good craftsmanship.
We believe that everyone should have access to wholesome organic products. It should be easy to read and understand the list of ingredients.
At Hanegal A/S, we cover our energy needs with CO2 neutral and renewable wind energy. Read more about CO2 neutral and renewable energy here.