Farm & Community

Our collective of Dutch farmer families are a close-knit community that uphold family values like togetherness. After all, it’s not just business it’s a family business.

The very reason why the cooperative was created was for neighbouring Dutch farmers to help each other and, in doing so, thrive as a community even in diffcult times. And to this day, our farmer families remain loyal to the same values on which their ancestors founded the farms.

We aim to pass on this sense of community with the farmers in Asia when we share our Dutch knowledge and quality standards with them.

Farmer Collective

What makes us special is that we are a cooperative that's run by and for farmers. Our 20,000 dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany all have a say in how the company is run, with representatives sitting in the supervisory board.

We created this unique structure to help build a stable environment for our farmer families. By ensuring they can find support for each other within the community, they can stand stronger, united by the passion for milk. Every link of the chain, from the sustainable way we farm our land, the care and methods we use, to the people involved is one inseparable unit within our cooperative.

We are now one of the biggest dairy cooperatives in the whole world. In fact, our members produce and process milk and milk products to be sold in over 100 countries all over the globe.

Not bad for something that started from such humble beginnings.

Dairy Development programme (DDP)

Over 140 years ago, our Dutch dairy farmers needed to work together to ensure their milk got to market without spoiling. What started as shared transportation led to shared technology and techniques, leading to the founding of the co-operative which in turn helped improve the livelihood of our Dutch farmers and their families.

Today, we share what we've learned with farmers in Asia. Through knowledge-sharing, training courses, exchange programmes and the establishment of local milk distribution and collection systems, the Dairy Development Programme (DDP) has supported over 40,000 local dairy farmers in Asia. By helping farmers here improve the quality of their milk, we can contribute towards the welfare of farmers in Asia. In some cases, we've even seen more than 25% growth in revenue for them.

And that's not all. It also means families in Asia can enjoy delicious quality milk.