Bornholms Mosteri is a juice mill located on the sunny Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. We make delicious organic fruit juice and nectar while simultaneously creating jobs for socially marginalised people. People that due to psychical or mental disabilities are unable to manage an ordinary full time job. We take pride in purifying the original taste of the raw materials to foster the potential of both the ingredients and our employees.
Bornholms Mosteri produce organic fruit juice and nectar to leading restaurants, shops and cafés in the Nordic countries. We are certified organic by The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (pdf). See our assortment here.
Seen from the outside our juice mill probably looks like a fish factory more than anything else with its laid-back location on the harbour in Rønne. And that is in fact exactly what it used to be but as the herring disappeared it became the end of the fish factory and the beginning of Bornholms Mosteri. Inside we chop, cut, press, squash, bottle and pack our fruit juice and nectar day and night. We taste gooseberries with a hint of bitterness and work intensely to the smell of newly pressed apples. We gently work with the long stems of the rhubarb and taste the characteristic sweetness or sourness of the season. The ambition is to minimize sugar to create an authentic and unspoiled taste experience while artificial additives are completely out of the question…
Taste Is Always Key
The rhubarbs are grown on the island of Funen. We pick the berries and the flowers across the rest of Denmark and in our closest neighbouring countries. Our apple orchards on Bornholm are not certified organic, but we do not use pesticides and we have a dream of becoming self-sufficient with berries and apples from Bornholm.
Responsibility is the crux of Bornholms Mosteri. Over half of our employees consist of vulnerable citizens and we have committed ourselves to continually creating job opportunities for marginalized people on Bornholm. Today, the juice mill is operated with the help of Bodil, Mark, Michael, Anette, Jacob, Pia, Birgit, Lisbeth, Kim, Karina, Jessie and many more. They are our most important raw materials.
We Have Gotten a Taste for Social Responsibility
Bornholms Mosteri was originally started as a municipal occupational project in 2006, but was in June 2013 taken over by two companies from Bornholm – the Michelin-starred restaurant Kadeau and the fishery company Espersen. The acquisition took place to keep the current employees at the juice mill, to develop the company further and to create even more job opportunities for socially marginalized people. Due to psychical or mental disabilities many of our employees are unable to manage an ordinary full time job elsewhere.
As of June 2015 the group of owners was expanded by an additional two shareholders – the fishery company Ocean Prawns and ‘Den Sociale Kapitalfond’ (the Social Capital Fund) that since the privatisation in 2013 has acted as lender for Bornholms Mosteri and contributed with ongoing competencies and knowledge about our social responsibility.
“The idea for Bornholms Mosteri began in an orchard on Bornholm where old apple varieties for decades had been gathering sunlight and strength in the rough climate giving them incredible flavour. Why not make juice out of these great apples?”
“When you drink fruit juice and nectar from Bornholms Mosteri you also take social and environmental responsibility.”