Who are we?
A company with expertise in plant extraction...
For 50 years, Berkem has demonstrated expertise in plant extraction and developed vegetable extracts for the food and cosmetics markets. This independent SME is specialised in the extraction of active ingredients, polyphenols in particular.
Recognised for its knowledge and skill in grape and pine extracts, Berkem designs and manufactures a wide range of active ingredients derived from plant materials, which are then offered to manufacturers for use in formulating their products.
The company is based in Dordogne, where it benefits from an ideal location in the heart of the vineyards and close to the pine forests of Landes, two plants of preference.
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Berkem makes use of its integrated R&D laboratory and its industrial equipment, to manufacture plant-based product ranges, selected for their active molecule composition and properties.
Continuous improvement to the production processes and an in-depth understanding of the plant world make it possible to develop new assets on a regular basis.
At Berkem, responding to the specific needs of each customer is paramount. This is why the company also develops tailor-made plant extracts to guarantee exclusive solutions.
...with a personal touch.
Berkem prioritises being close by and available to its customers. A personalised relationship is developed with each of them in order to provide unique solutions adapted to their needs. The human dimension, the implementation of a short decision-making cycle and an adapted management system ensure reactivity within the company, and the best possible response times.
On a daily basis, all employees are involved in ensuring the correct functioning of the company. From research to production, from sales to management, Berkem encompasses a diversity of trades and skills that contributes to its performance.
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Berkem is a company in Groupe Berkem, an actor within the chemical industry, which has a high capacity for innovation as well as very reactive and effective resources.
Research and development of processes for plant extraction, production of natural active ingredients.
Development, production and sale of preservation an dprotection solutions for wood.
Tailor made freeze-drying, enabling to extend shelf life of products while keeping their active bases.
The company also becomes eligible for the Research Tax Credit for its support for its customers’ development projects.
Berkem celebrates its 50th anniversary and makes a commitment to corporate responsibility, following the guidelines of ISO 26000.
An independent SME with a human touch
of experience in plant extraction and chimical formulation
of plants processed each year
site de 6 Ha
plus de 50 000 m2
d’usine et de bâtiments, dont
5 000 m2 couverts
euros of turnover in 2015 on european and international market, including 50%
generated through exports and 10%
in industrial investment and R&D budget
Evolution of the turnover of the group Berkem (in million €)
Gender equality index at Berkem
The 4 indicators are the following:
- Pay gap between women and men
- Differences in pay increases
- Increase of female employees returning to work after maternity leave
- Distribution of the 10 top earnings by gender
Regarding the result of the gender equality index obtained by BERKEM, for the year 2020, it is impossible to be calculated insofar as the evaluation of the indicators taken into consideration is less than 75 points, according to the regulations administered by the Ministry of Labour.
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Presence in more than 35 countries, thanks to its distribution network and 2 subsidiaries (France and the United States).
Since its creation, Berkem has maintained a tradition of quality products and authentic service. Its goals are to lead innovative projects and to satisfy its customers.
It success is based on 5 fundamental values.
Certifications and commitments
The role of the company's Quality system is to verify the reliability, safety and compliance of the full range of products sold. All of the products offered by Berkem are manufactured in France at the Gardonne production facility, certified ISO 9001 since 1996 and ISO 22000 since 2011.
In addition, with a view to constant improvement, Berkem adheres to the UIC’s (French Union of Chemical Industries) “commitment to progress” procedure. This programme aims to reduce emissions of pollutants into the environment, and to improve employee safety. In the interests of transparency, the company is committed to following the guidelines regarding good practices and good conduct within management systems defined by the UIC internationally.
Upon request, the company can also offer its customers several certifications or respect certain commitments:
- Cosmetic market: Cosmos, respect for cosmetics GMPs.
- Food market: HACCP, Cosmos, Kosher et Hallal.
- - Raw materials are controlled and monitored from the moment of reception.
- - At certain key stages in production, the parameters defined upstream are verified.
- - Each lot of finished products is analysed following international norms, client specifications and Berkem’s own standards.
Berkem also offers its support in achieving a better understanding of the different regulations regarding the nature of extracts and their uses.
Finally, the company regularly evaluates its suppliers and is subject to audits from certification bodies and customers to verify its full compliance with their technical specifications.
Berkem has been committed to corporate responsibility and following the guidelines of ISO 26000 since 2014. The implementation of this sustainable development policy is a concrete demonstration on the group's values.
All action taken as a responsible chemical manufacturer is measured and integrated in terms of individuals, the environment and the economy. To this end, working groups meet regularly, involving a variety of employees of the group and other external stakeholders, with the aim of furthering the development of this corporate responsibility and the actions that arise from it.
The objectives of this implementation of this sustainable development policy are: