Sustainability rapport 2020

Our suppliers

Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods stands for quality, cooperation and sustainability. Dutch milk has an exceptional name and reputation worldwide in the field of milk production. That is why dairy farmers are our chief suppliers. Vreugdenhil supports dairy farmers in making milk production more sustainable, stimulating this transition and sharing knowledge.

In the Netherlands, dairy farmers and dairy companies are working together in the Sustainable Dairy Chain programme to create a future-proof dairy sector. In 2020 Vreugdenhil joined the SAI Sustainable Dairy Partnership. This global working group sets the standard for sustainable dairy farming based on the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF).

Topics in sustainable dairy farming

Gerrit de Groot)

Gerrit de Groot

Merwehoeve De Groot Herwijnen
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Fewer greenhouses at farms)

Fewer greenhouses at farms

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Care from calf to cow)

Care from calf to cow

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Encouraging outdoor grazing)

Encouraging outdoor grazing

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Nitrogen reduction)

Nitrogen reduction

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Enhancing biodiversity)

Enhancing biodiversity

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Ambitions , goals and results

Outdoor grazing rate


Our outdoor grazing percentage is higher than the Dutch average of 83.7%. Our outdoor grazing percentage rose by 2.1% in comparison with 2019.

Life expectancy of cows


years and 357 days

…is the average lifespan of our dairy farmers' cows. This is an increase of 50 days from 2019.

Sustainability participation


 participation our sustainability programme. We reward our dairy farmers for sustainability efforts.

Milk production


billion kilograms of milk

were processed by Vreugdenhil, of which approximately 700 million kilograms of milk come from our 820 Dutch dairy farmers.