Annual overview

Creating Shared Value in 2017




Our suppliers:

Sustainable dairy farming

  • 1.3 billion kilos of milk

    … were processed by Vreugdenhil in 2017.

  • 8 litres of milk

    ... produces approximately 1 kilo of full cream milk powder.

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    76% participation 

    … in our sustainability programme. We reward our dairy farmers for their sustainability efforts, for which we are imposing increasingly strict requirements. 

    2016: 72% | goal 2018: >70%
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    87.5% outdoor grazing

    Our outdoor grazing percentage is higher than the Dutch average of 80.4%. Our outdoor grazing percentage increased by 1.9% compared to 2016, partly as a result of an increase in outdoor grazing incentive in 2017.

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    5 years and 258 days

    … is the average lifespan of our dairy farmers' cows. In 2017, the lifespan decreased by 67 days compared to 2016. The lifespan is, however, 45 days longer than the national average.

    Goal 2020: 6 years and 73 days
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Our suppliers:

Fair and environmentally friendly purchasing

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    100% sustainable

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

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    11% less CO2 emissions from milk transport

    ... compared to 2013, per kilogram of milk. In 2016 this was 8%. Objective: 20% less emissions between 2013 and 2020.

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    13% lower CO2 emissions other transport

    ... organised by us in 2017, compared to 2011, per tonne of product. 2016: 13%. Goal 2020: 20%. From Gorinchem, 91% of transport was by ship. From Scharsterbrug, 76% of transport was by ship.

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Our company:

Healthy and engaged staff members

  • 389 employees

    ... are working at Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, an independent Dutch producer of milk powders. In 2017, we had 8% more employees than in 2016.

  • 3.7% sickness absence

    2016: 3.5% | goal 2020: < 4%
  • ISO 45001

    ... is the safety standard according to which we intend to certify all sites. The first site is on the agenda for the end of 2018.

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Our company:

Environmentally friendly factories and offices

  • 5 sites

    ... including four production sites in Barneveld, Gorinchem (2) and Scharsterbrug, and an office in Nijkerk.

  • 780 million euros

    ... turnover in 2017.

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    20% less energy consumption

    ... per tonne of product in 2017 in comparison with 2005.

    2016: 16% less | goal 2020: 30% less
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    100% green electricity consumption

    ... of which 26% is from wind energy from our own dairy farmers.

    goal 2029: climate-neutral production by means of energy savings, green energy and green gas (own generation and purchasing)
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    5 stars

    is the BREEAM Outstanding New Construction certificate we obtained with our office in Nijkerk, one of the most sustainable offices in the Netherlands. The new factory in Gorinchem is also equipped with the most energy-efficient applications.

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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 supplied with our tasty and nutritious milk powders.

  • 75% export especially outside of Europe

    ... to countries around the equator, where the climate is not optimal for dairy farming.

  • 0.34 product quality complaints per 1,000 tonnes of product

    ... in 2017. Quality is given priority every day. All our production sites have been certified in accordance with the internationally recognised FSSC22000 food safety standard.

    2016: 0.26 product quality complaints per 1,000 tonnes of product | goal 2018: less than 0.30 product quality complaints per 1,000 tonnes of product
  • Good Food

    ... is important for a long and happy life. Milk is an important component of a balanced daily diet. Vreugdenhil's goal is to reach more people with all the goodness that milk has to offer. Milk nutrition in everyone’s daily diet!

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Our customers:

Clean drinking water

  • 4,000 Ethiopians given clean drinking water

    ... by means of a 130-metre deep well in a village in Ethiopia.This gives residents access to clean drinking water on an ongoing basis for at least 20 years. We will start a new drinking water project in 2018. From 2020 on, we will match every litre of water we extract from milk in the Netherlands to produce milk powder for the African consumer market.

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