Gracesa (Grasas del Centro, S.A.) is a company that processes meat by-products. Our activity involves fusing and processing raw materials for animal feed, including melted lards, animal fats and processed meat proteins. Our facilities are located in Paseo de Estación in Ciempozuelos. With experience in the sector going back more than 40 years, we have the best available technologies (BATs) on the market for processing meat by-products. This gives us the capacity to process 40 tonnes of raw product per hour.
Gracesa’ s quality and environmental policy is based on our commitment to providing our customers with products that are suited to their manufacturing processes, that correspond to the demand existing on the market and that meet their expectations, complying with the legal and regulatory environmental and sectoral requirements applicable to the activity and its environmental aspects, as well as other requirements to which the organisation subscribes.
Our customers’ high degree of trust in us will enable us to grow in line with the market, ensuring the right positioning for our
organisation and increasing our relationships with new markets and increasingly demanding customers
By means of a specific document base, Gracesa’ s quality and environmental system is designed to ensure that the production processes are carried out in a controlled manner and under common quality and environmental protection guidelines, thus increasing their effectiveness and efficiency.
To control and ensure the continuous improvement of our processes, products and services, maintaining a suitable balance between our production process and the environmental setting of our facilities.
Our production process
The facilities currently process between 300 and 350 tonnes of by-products per day, which means that between 70,000 and 90,000 tonnes of by-products are processed each year.
We have a maximum production capacity totalling 600 tonnes per day or approximately 150,000 tonnes each year.
The production process at GRACESA’ s facilities has been developed in such a way that high-quality products are obtained. To achieve the above, inspections are performed by an accredited laboratory to check the quality of the products.
We therefore guarantee that animal protein is obtained by means of fusing by-products of category 3 animals collected from slaughterhouses, cutting rooms and points of sale, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 October laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 (Animal by-products Regulation).
The raw materials received are shredded and inserted in the various cooking boilers (digesters) where fat is rendered.
Once the fusion has occurred, we can separate it from the solids by means of a separation system, after which it is necessary to purify it in order to eliminate the suspended particles it may contain or, in some cases, water.
The solid residue resulting from the separation of the fat may undergo drying treatment, so as to obtain the optimal degree of humidity, and subsequent milling, in order to reduce its size and obtain animal flours and fats that will be used for making animal feed and manufacturing fodder, fertilizers and other products.
Gracesa’ s facilities include storage tanks for melted fats, lards and tallow (finished products) that are made of stainless steel to ensure optimal preservation of the products, with a capacity of around 2,500 tonnes, as well as specially designed vents for storing processed animal protein (PAP), with a capacity of approximately 500 tonnes. The above guarantees our supply and a satisfactory service for our customers.
In turn, we provide this service with our own vehicles and staff in order to guarantee the traceability of the products.
The production process does not generate any wastewater. The wastewater stems from the cleaning of the facilities and the transport vehicles and from the toilets.
Upon the basis of the principle of respect for the environment that governs Gracesa’ s activity, the leachates, condensates and filtrates from the production process are treated in the facilities’ new Regenerative Oxidation System (TRO).
The cesspools existing in the production area remain watertight, in such a way that they guarantee that no spillage originating in these areas is channelled directly to the integral sanitation system without any prior control.
Gracesa has a specific separation network for rainwater from the urban area, which is directly connected to the sanitation network in Ciempozuelos (Madrid). There is also a connection for the industrial waste waters, once they have passed through the industrial discharge inspection point that is fitted for this purpose.
PET FOOD SECTOR
Technical Data Sheets
Here you can download the technical data sheets of our products in PDF format:
ISCC is the first international certification system that can be used for sustainability and the saving of greenhouse gases for all kinds of biomass and bioenergy.
Directive 2009/28/EC, which constitutes the basis of the ISCC scheme, establishes for the member states of the European Union that liquid biofuels will only receive financial aid and be taken into consideration for the achievement of renewable energy quotas if the biomass used is produced in a sustainable manner.
The aim of the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) system is to establish a transparent international scheme for the certification of biomass and bioenergy.
Gracesa has been certified as a Leading Company in Business Growth 2019 by CEPYME. This achievement sets Gracesa as one of the top 500 small and medium companies of the year.