Annual report

Creating Shared Value




Our suppliers:

Sustainable dairy farming

  • 672 million kg of milk

    … was supplied by our ± 900 Dutch dairy farmers.

  • 100 litres of milk

    ... produces 13 kg of powdered milk.

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    72% participation 

    … in our sustainability programme, which applies increasingly stricter requirements. In 2015 it was 82%. The decline was because we removed outdoor grazing from the programme and rewarded it with a separate premium.

    2015: 82% | goal 2017: >70%
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    85% outdoor grazing

    Our 85% outdoor grazing percentage is higher than the Dutch average of 79%, but 0.7% lower than in 2015. We are therefore increasing the grazing premium.

    goal 2017: 91%
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    5 years and 325 days

    … is the lifespan of our dairy farmers' cows. In 2016, the lifespan fell by 21 days in comparison to 2015. Their lifespan is, however, 28 days longer than the national average.

    Goal 2020: 6 years and 73 days
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Our suppliers:

Fair and environmentally friendly purchasing

  • 3 large purchases

    Transport, ingredients (mainly from Europe), and tin, plastic and paper for packaging.

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    100% sustainable

    ... is the palm oil and soy lecithin we incorporate in our milk powders.

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    8% lower CO2 emissions due to milk transport

    ... in 2016 compared to 2013, per kilogram of milk. In 2015 this was 10%.

    Goal 2020: 20% less between 2013 en 2020
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    14% lower CO2 emissions other transport

    ... we organised in 2015, in relation to 2011, per tonne of product. 2016 figure follows mid 2017. 91% of the container transport organised by Vreugdenhil was transported by ship from the factory in Gorinchem  (in 2015: 93%)76% of container transport Vreugdenhil organised from Scharsterbrug to seaports was by water, while that percentage was just 32% in 2015.

    Goal 2020: 20%
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Our company:

Healthy and engaged staff members

  • 359 employees

    ... work at Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods. This is 5% more than in 2015.

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    13 lost time accidents

    ... in 2016, with the number of days absence varying from 1 to several days.

    2015: 9 | goal: 0
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    3.5% sickness absence

    2015: 5.4% | goal 2020: <4%
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    8.2 employee satisfaction

    ... we scored in the employee survey in 2016, in which 75% participated. We scored 8.2 for general satisfaction, compared with 7.8 for the industry and production benchmark.

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Our company:

Environmentally friendly factories and offices

  • 4 locations

    ... 3 production sites in Barneveld, Gorinchem and Scharsterbrug, and headquarters in Nijkerk.

  • 574 million euros

    ... turnover in 2016.

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    16% less energy consumption

    ... per tonne of product in 2016 sompared to 2005.

    2015: 12% | goal 2020: 30% less
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    100% green electricity

    ... and 29% of that originates from wind energy generated by our own dairy farmers. That brings our total quantity of renewable energy to 14%.

    2015: 13% | goal 2020: 16%
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    5 stars

    … is the BREEAM Outstanding certification of the office in Nijkerk we opened in 2016. We also opened the new low-energy milk powder factory in Gorinchem.

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  • Production process

    View the video of the production process of milk powder.


Our customers:

Nutritious and tasty products

  • 130 countries

    … are getting nutritious and tasty milk powders of Vreugdenhil.

  • 75% export especially outside of Europe

    ... where milk production is difficult.

  • 2 billion people

    ... world wide suffer from a ‘hidden hunger’. In 2016, we investigated the nutrient requirements of consumers in Africa. This showed that deficiencies in iron, zinc and vitamins A and B12 are the most urgent.

    Goal 2017: to investigate how we can further enrich our products.
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    26% fewer product quality complaints

    ... bacause quality is given priority every day. Our production sites are certified in accordance with internationally-recognised food safety standards. 

    2015: 16% fewer complaints | goal: to have 10% fewer complaints annually
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Our customers:

Clean drinking water

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    1 litre of clean drinking water

     in markets with water scarcity in Africa, for every litre of water that we extract from the milk for the African consumer market. That's the goal of our water project in Ethiopia.

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    4.000 Ethiopians now have clean drinking water

    ... thanks to the deep well we opened in de village of Guramba Bata in 2016.

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You can find the CSR-reports 2013, 2014 and 2015 on the Downloads page.