Roger Cornelis and his wife Maria Mattheeuws set up a butcher’s shop in Wetteren. After a few years they move into a larger facility in Mariakerke due to their tremendous success.
Start meat company
Roger Cornelis decides to sell his butcher’s shop and start a meat company in Destelbergen, specialising in the production of cooked meats and salted hams.
The business expands with a meat hall named CORMA (CORnelis- MAttheeuws).
Dry salted hams
Roger Cornelis conducts trials for the production of raw hams based on the ancient Flemish dry salting process. The results exceed expectations and Vleeswaren Corma begins the production of dry salted hams, cured for 6 months.
Sole proprietorship becomes BVBA
The sole proprietorship becomes a BVBA, a private limited liability company under Belgian law. The dried hams account for 10% of total turnover at this point.
The urge for a distinctive brand name to replace the former Flemish Farmer Ham is pressing. That name is ‘Ganda Ham’, a name that references the place of origin (Ghent).
Roger Cornelis loses his associate and partner Maria Mattheeuws. He identifies the need to reorganise the operation.
Vleeswaren Corma NV
Roger Cornelis leaves the daily management of the company to his son Dirk. BVBA Corma becomes Vleeswaren Corma NV.
Corma NV obtains the ISO-9002 certification, the first in the sector. Proving once again its complete dedication to quality. Throughout the 1990s, the companies achieved a growth of 10% per year. From 3 to 10 million Euros.
Corma makes structural efforts towards environmental care and obtains the Environmental Charter. The installation of a water purification facility also takes place that year.
Creation of First Selection. The idea behind this company is to facilitate export along with other companies.
Acquisition Le Larry
Gino and Nadine De Clercq approach Dirk Cornelis within the purview of an acquisition of their goat cheese company Le Larry. The acquisition is finalised in 2004.
In order to address the rising trend towards prepackaging, Corma expands its slicing department.
Ganda acquires the meat company of Ronny en Annie Hoste, producers of hams in Maldegem. Today, "Brugse Hammen" are one of the products produced there.
Expansion and diversification product range
Expansion and diversification of the product range, with wild boar ham and Angus Beef among others.
Originating from a desire to do sustainable business, investments are made in solar panels. Over 1000 solar panels provide Ganda annually with approximately 225,000 kWh of green electricity. About 8% of its total electricity demand.
Heat recovery system and heat pump
The heat recovery system and heat pump become operational.
Because satisfied workers make for satisfied customers, an HR scan is introduced. The first sustainability report is also written up.
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Eager to see how Ganda Ham is actually made? Come and visit our company and see for yourself.
It is possible to visit the company every day from Monday to Thursday. Do send us a mail to request a visit.
Corma Vleeswaren nv
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