The thirteen members of the NZO process milk in 40 locations throughout the Netherlands. The dairy is produced into a wide range of dairy products: from dairy drinks, baby & infant food, cheese and desserts to ingredients for the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector.
‘Creating the future of dairy to bring health and inspiration to the world, naturally.’ That is the mission of Arla Foods, an international dairy cooperative founded in 2000 and owned by 8,500 dairy farmers from seven countries: Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Arla Foods is the largest organic dairy cooperative in Europe and has been active in the Netherlands since 2009. The history of Arla Foods’ philosophy on the production of natural, healthy and high-quality dairy products begins as early as 1918 – and lives on today more than ever, as Arla Foods Netherlands strives to make it easier for people to live healthier lives, thanks to good food.
In the factory in Nijkerk, around 300 people work day in and day out on the production of fresh dairy products (such as milk, buttermilk, yoghurt and custard). These products have travelled as sustainably as possible from cow to refrigerator, with respect for people, animals and our planet. By 2050, Arla Foods wants to operate net climate neutral worldwide. Arla Foods Nederland carries various brands, such as Arla, Melkunie, Apetina and Lurpak. Within these brands, Arla Foods has put successful, innovative concepts on the market such as Arla Organic, Arla Lactofree, Arla Skyr, Melkunie Breaker and Melkunie PROTEIN.
Ausnutria produces and sells its own brand of infant formula from both cow’s and goat’s milk. For the business market, it also offers private label production of infant formula and the production and sale of dairy ingredients. With its own brand Kabrita, Ausnutria is the world market leader in goat milk based infant formula.
The company wants to contribute to the availability of healthy and nutritional infant formula so that parents and caregivers who rely on the use of infant formula for their child, have access to high-quality products.
Ausnutria’s headquarters are based in Zwolle. The company has additional production facilities in Heerenveen, Kampen, Leeuwarden and Ommen. The company focuses on the global market, including China. .Its parent company Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd. is based in Hongkong.
We are Royal A-ware, a family business with a passion for good food. We are specialied in the production, ripening, cutting and packaging of cheese and the production of daily fresh dairy, cream, milk powder and tapas. Royal A-ware is an entrepreneurial and customer-driven organisation, creative and innovative in creating shorter, more sustainable agri-food chains with (international) partners. At Royal A-ware more than 3.000 employees work at our branche in a.o. The Netherlands and Belgium.
As an active chain partner in agri-food, we enjoy working with dairy farmers, customers, and suppliers on surprising innovations and tasty products. We work from consumer to cow and use the experience we have gained in our more than 130 years of existence.
With our years of craftsmanship, clever use of technology, and knowledge of consumer trends, we always look for the best and most sustainable solution. As a family business, we feel personally involved with each other, our relations, and our environment. Pleasant and safe cooperation based on trust contributes to the success of our organization and employees and the best taste of our products.
Royal A-ware – driven by taste
420 enthusiastic colleagues work at Royal Bel Leerdammer towards the success of Leerdammer®. They do this from the production locations in Schoonrewoerd, Dalfsen and Wageningen. On average, about 70,000 tons of cheese come off the conveyer belts. That means around 700 million kilos of milk from around 1300 dairy farms. 16 transportation companies make sure that this milk is picked up and brought to the factory. Most of the cheese goes to Germany, Italy and France, but Leerdammer is for sale in no less than 27 countries. Since 2002, Leerdammer® has been part of the international Bel Group and is proud of its position as one of the 5 core brands of the group.
With real attention for people, nature and the environment, CONO Kaasmakers aims to make the most delicious cheese according to its own, unique craftsmanship in taste and texture.
The cooperative wants to become a leader in socially responsible entrepreneurship, and strives for an honest margin across the entire chain.
CONO Kaasmaker’s cheese factory is located in the center of the Beemster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here its cows graze four meters below sea level, on fertile soil of blue clay. From their milk, CONO cheese is made, including Beemster cheese, the leading brand of the company.
DOC Kaas U.A. is a Dutch dairy cooperative founded in 1895. On 1 April 2016, DOC Kaas B.V. merged with the German dairy company DMK Group and the member dairy farmers of DOC Kaas U.A. are co-owners of this company. Since then, the milk of DOC Kaas U.A. members has been processed by the DMK Group which, on an annual basis, values about 5.5 billion kg of milk into cheese – including Uniekaas, the oldest Dutch cheese brand -, daily fresh dairy and other dairy products that are sold worldwide. It also produces baby food, ice cream and health products. The DMK Group supplies about 5,500 dairy farmers whose milk is processed in about 20 production locations, two of which are in Hoogeveen. With a turnover of EUR 5.5 billion, DMK Group is one of the leading companies in the dairy industry within Europe.
The starting point for our activities is sustainable operations – both for the company and for the member dairy farmers. Sustainability is in the genes of our dairy farmers. From generation to generation, dairy farmers are continued with an eye for people, animals and the environment. Our sustainability programme Milkmaster offers member dairy farmers tools for this and makes the efforts and development in the field of sustainability visible.
FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy companies in the world with a cooperative tradition of more than 150 years. The company processes the milk from dairy farms into a wide range of dairy products and ingredients. This way, FrieslandCampina every day provides hundreds of millions of people throughout the world with valuable nutrients from milk.
Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. is fully owned by Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A., with 15,137 dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany as members. Through the cooperative, these member dairy farmers own and supervise the company. Together with its member dairy farmers, FrieslandCampina manages the entire production chain: from grass to glass.
FrieslandCampina provides consumers with dairy products, such as milk, yoghurt, condensed milk, dairy-based beverages, cheese, butter, quark, and cream. The dairy company supplies specific nutrition to specific consumer groups, such as children, the elderly, and sportspeople. Professional customers, such as bakers, pastry chefs, chocolate confectioners, chefs, and caterers can rely on FrieslandCampina for a broad product range, including creams, butters, desserts, and fillings. In addition, the Company supplies high-quality ingredients to international food producers and pharmaceutical companies.
In 2022, 9,927 member dairy farms in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium supplied over 9.5 billion kilogrammes of milk for processing into dairy products and ingredients. FrieslandCampina has branches in 30 countries and exports to more than one hundred countries worldwide. In 2022, FrieslandCampina employed an average of 21,715 employees (FTEs).
De Graafstroom is a producer of naturally matured round and square Gouda cheese located in Bleskensgraaf. Each year, it processes around 390 million liters of milk. Since 2009 the dairy factory has been owned by DeltaMilk, a cooperative of 150 dairy farms.
Passion and craftsmanship are the priority of the employees of De Graafstroom. They make optimal use of the milk in order to produce cheese in a sustainable way. A portion of the energy released during this process is recycled.
De Graafstroom believes that it is important to contribute to the conservation of our planet. On the basis of good custodianship, the company has worked towards a sustainable future since its founding in 1908.
Hochwald Foods Netherlands is a part of the Hochwald cooperative, one of the large milk processers in Germany. Its location in Bolsward produces sweetened condensed milk in small and large packaging, sterilized cream in small packaging, and ready-to-drink products (iced coffee, flavored milk beverages and evaporated milk in glass bottles). She also has its own tin factory for the production of cans and components. The Dutch company is heavily focused on export. As a producer of food for daily consumption, Hochwald is committed to protecting resources and the environment as much as possible.
Cheese factory Henri Willig prepares, packages and delivers first-class specialty cheese. In addition to trusted matured cheeses from regular and biological cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk, the company offers a broad range of herb cheeses. Willig is the leading supplier of Baby Gouda in various types.
The company was founded in 1974 when Henri Willig and his wife Riet expanded their dairy farm De Jacobshoeve in North Holland and added a cheese factory and store. Since then, the company has also added a production facility in Heerenveen and farms in Katwoude, Volendam, and on the Zaanse Schans. Nearly one million tourists visit the Zaanse Schans each year to learn about the craft of cheese making.
The cheese is delivered to its own Cheese & More by Henri Willig stores in and around Amsterdam. The company also exports cheese to 25 countries worldwide.
Rouveen Specialty Cheeses is considered one of the most versatile cheese producers in Europe. The cooperation processes various types of milk from her member dairy farmers into the most diverse cheese specialties.
Using their program Duurzaam Rouveen – which is about sustainability – they work together with their member farmers and employees on a cooperation that can be continued by the next generation, as is done with the previous generations. Over 100 years of craftsmanship on an unique location with delicious and fair cheese specialties!
As a Dutch producer of milk powders, Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods supplies tomorrow’s nutritional products and ingredients today. These are dairy-based and plant-based alternatives. The products are used for a healthy glass of milk, and as an ingredient for specific applications such as infant nutrition and medical nutrition. In addition, the milk powders are a high-quality ingredient for the food industry, for example for chocolate, ice cream and dairy products.
Vreugdenhil has locations in Nijkerk, Gorinchem, Putten, Scharsterbrug and Barneveld. The company processes more than a billion kilograms of milk per year.
Thanks to years of experience, Vreugdenhil, together with dairy farmers, suppliers, employees and customers, makes a difference for millions of people around the world. Care for tomorrow.
In 1935, the first bottle of Yakult, a fermented milk drink with unique bacteria, was produced in Japan by the scientist Dr Minoru Shirota. It was introduced in Europe in 1994. Now, over 40 million people enjoy Yakult products every day, across 40 countries and regions around the world. Yakult Europe is Yakult’s European headquarters and production site, located in Almere.