As a raw materials supplier, Royale Lacroix has set up a continuous improvement policy. Its quality management is able to assure you maximum safety.
Thanks to careful selection of our raw materials, as well to keeping close watch over our suppliers and making constant improvements in our internal quality system, we are able to bring you a level of reliability well beyond today’s legal standards.
This constant search for improvement has led to our being awarded the following certificates:
- Maintain and continuously improve our certifications (FSSC 22000, Organic and RSPO).
- Target and adapte the customer requirements in order to provide the best value for money.
- Preserve a food environment and supply products in accordance to laws.
- Inform, train and raise staff awareness in order to remain an engaged and motivated team and achieve the objectives.
- Select reliable and regular suppliers
- Identify and lead the improvement actions of the system management for food security.
- Measure customer satisfaction through yearly surveys.
- Conduct and evaluate internal food security audit & hygiene audit (4x/year) .
- Ensure & evaluate yearly training of staff about good manufacturing practices and good hygiene practices, HACCP, Security, RSPO, Food Defense and Food Fraud.
- Evaluate suppliers according to yearly non-compliances.
Margarine was invented in 1869 in France in a contest organized by Napoleon III to search for a product to replace butter, which at that time was expensive, rare and spoilt quickly. The French pharmacist Mège-Mouriès (1817-1880) made a white emulsion from fractionated beef fat, milk, and water that he called margarine (from the Greek margaron = pearl or pearl white).
Margarine is an emulsion composed of fat (80% minimum) and an aqueous phase containing water or milk (20%).The kind of oil or fat entering into the composition of a margarine is very variable and determines the nutritional characteristics of the final product.
Royale Lacroix has a full automated manufacturing process that makes it possible to get texture and plasticity answering to the most pointed specifications.
According to its use or type and thanks to our different packaging systems, we propose more than five different product sizes (from 500 g to 20 kg).
Our Logistics Department guarantees our customers timely transport under controlled temperatures, for optimal food safety.
The manufacturing process consists in fixing (hardening) an emulsion of lipids (fat) and water and/or milk through a crystallization process.
- Reception and oils storage
The refined vegetable oils delivered by tanker are kept in stainless-steel triple walled tanks.
- The major oils used are palm, rapeseed, copra and sunflower oil. They come mainly from Europe, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
- Preparation of the aqueous phase
The aqueous phase is made of water, salt, sugar, and various ingredients intended for conservation and acidity regulation.
- Preparation of the emuslive phase
The emulsive phase is made of lecithin and food-grade monodiglyceride fatty acids. It serves as an interface between the aqueous and lipid phases.
Weighing consists in weighing out, according to established formulas, the proportions of the various fats, emulsive, and aqueous phases in the mixture. Vitamins, colourings, and aromas are added at this stage.
Churning consists in emulsifying these various elements.
Crystallization consists in fixing the aqueous phase in the lipid phase.
A high pressure pump sends the emulsion, which is a liquid at 50°C, through tubes cooled at -25°C, which it leaves in solid form at a T° of -15°C.
The crystallization line supplies the packaging/packing systems with formats of from 200 g to 20 kg.
- Storage of the end products
The storage halls have a capacity of more than 1000 T under controlled temperature.