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16-10-20

In Conversation with … QSHE manager Christian and Auditor Benno

At least once a year Benno Smith comes knocking on the door at the VanDrie Group's Dutch feed production sites. As an auditor at Lloyd's Register, Benno is responsible for the audit of GMP+ certification. GMP+ stands for Good Manufacturing Practice and is an important certification. All the animal feed companies in the VanDrie Group are GMP+ certified in order to safeguard the processes and products. Benno's audit starts every year with a cup of coffee with Christian Kievit, As QSHE manager,...

09-10-20

Sustainability underpins VanDrie Group’s Policy

Sustainability is one of the five pillars of the VanDrie Group strategy. Read our blog to find out what steps are being taken throughout the chain to increase sustainability even more!

28-09-20

VERSATILE FAT

Centuries ago it was no secret: animal fat is a valuable ingredient, rich in energy and taste. Moreover, it can be used in various products...

Since the corona outbreak, the hygiene and safety policy within our companies has been further tightened. This entails new measures and adjustments in protocols for the meat processing companies of the VanDrie Group. T. Boer & zn, ESA, Ekro and Ameco engaged Eurofins, among... More


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The Dutch agricultural sector is facing a large number of issues and challenges. How do we sustain a thriving countryside and a good earning capacity? How do we ensure a good environment and climate? No organisation or agricultural company is able to solve such major issues... More


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We produce various customer-specific veal products on a daily basis at our veal processing plants. It is a process that requires multiple forms of energy and effort. In order to deliver the best possible quality day in, day out, regular maintenance is carried out at the veal... More


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At our veal processing plants, the calfskin is removed from the carcass with the greatest care. Read in this blog what happens with the calfskins afterwards!  More


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The VanDrie Group employs people from all sorts of backgrounds, from all kinds of countries. This diversity adds shine to our company. We find this to be of value. We like to show you who the people behind the VanDrie Group are. More


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Since 2010, Ekro has been working with Headex and Faciloo, two agencies that specialise in hiring and housing workers from Lithuania. A well-oiled machine is how you might in the meantime describe the mutual collaboration between the job coach of the veal processor in Apeldoorn,... More


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Ensuring animal welfare is a continuous process in which veal farmers, transporters and regional managers can learn a lot from each other. To support this, veal farm Schakel organised several knowledge sessions about animal behaviour. More


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The corona measures have disrupted the entire world. Nevertheless, the VanDrie Group chain continued work ‘as per normal’. But how normal was that? For an answer to that question, we turn to our Italian colleagues. More


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This month is the 25th anniversary of Alpuro Breeding. It all started with a plan and an old Mercedes bus. These days, more than 35 calf rearing specialists drive through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark to support dairy farmers in raising their calves in a healthy... More


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In recent years, the VanDrie chain has made substantial investments in animal health management. This has resulted in a significant reduction in antibiotic use. We talk to Albert Wouters, head of calf Husbandry about the achieved results. More


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In Limburg, the Netherlands, young-animal feed has been produced from so-called by-products since 1958. Today, the products made by Schils find their way to customers in more than 75 countries. How did a local mill from Amstenrade grow to become a partner for countless farmers... More


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Many languages are spoken within the VanDrie Group. At ESA, one of our veal processing companies, our colleagues have at least 21 different nationalities. Kiflemariam and Haben are a perfect example of this. They are both Eritrean. We chatted with them about their work at ESA.  More


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The veal sector is on the move and every link is taking its responsibility. There’s an important role to be played in this respect by veal farmers. Herman Keurhorst, who has been a veal farmer for almost 25 years, is happy to seize this role with both hands. More


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Every workday, the planners in our meat processing companies get up early to work on a challenging task: planning the deliveries to customers.  More


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Several feed producers are active within the VanDrie Group. Tentego, based in Mijdrecht, is one of them. Tentego has been producing calf feed for 60 years and is still a major player today. How is the company able to continuously improve? More


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The VanDrie Group reached an agreement with Brons from Voorthuizen concerning a complete takeover. The agreement has been sent to the Autoriteit Consument en Markt (Consumers and Market Authority, ACM) for approval. The two family businesses expect the ACM to give its approval... More


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Knowledge of animal behaviour is crucial to the safeguarding of animal welfare. That is why last year the VanDrie Group organised three regional meetings for members of the Dutch Veal Farmers Association (VVK, Vereniging van Kalverhouders), regional managers and transporters on... More


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In the Netherlands, France, Italy and Belgium, our 1,100 veal farmers work day and night to provide calves with the best possible care. VanDrie Group provides support to veal farmers through experts: the regional managers.  More


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Being well and truly rooted in Japanese society as a Dutch family business comes naturally to the VanDrie Group.  More


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Hundreds of veal farmers in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy form the first link in our chain. Richard Frens is one of those farmers and talks about our cooperation. More


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In a time that sees much public debate being fed by prejudice and misconception, the VanDrie Group is taking the debate to its stakeholders during the fourth VanDrie Dialogue. More


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In order to supply the market with sufficient volumes, calves are being imported to the Netherlands. More than 75% of these calves come from the neighbouring countries of Germany and Belgium. More


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Our chain works at the highest level of food safety, quality and traceability. We invited the editors of Nederland Voedselland to visit two links in this chain. The editors ended up in a world of track & trace, valorisation and zero tolerance: at Ekro and Oukro.  More


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The 85th International Green Week was opened in Berlin on Friday morning, January 17. Following its culinary campaign in Germany, The VanDrie Group will be serving the visitors of the fair dry-aged veal canapé More


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Be a little better every day - it’s a full-time job at our R&D department. How does an organisation like the VanDrie Group remain relevant in a time when nitrogen emissions and animal welfare are high on the agenda?  More


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VanDrie veal farmer Marco van Hamersveld tells about his latest investments in animal welfare and sustainability! More


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The holidays are upon us, the time of enjoying a tasty dish with friends and family, Today we give you a sneak preview! More


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The VanDrie Group is a partner of Vallei Boert Bewust. A network of farmers who are actively involved in animal welfare, the environment and energy consumption. We took a look at the Frens-Stijnen family’s veal farm, where ‘Responsible Farming' is actually achieved. More


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The Italian freelance food journalist Sandra Salerno is a consultant and founder of "Un Tocco di Zenzero"; a blog that describes the latest trends regarding food and closely follows the latest developments on the perception of food. We asked her about the food trends in 2019 and... More


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Taking responsibility for people, animals and the environment is in the DNA of all the companies in our group. We are continually looking for better ways of fulfilling this responsibility. Our Animal Welfare Officers play an important role in this regard.  More


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Vitality, sustainable employability, increased workloads, an ageing population - all very relevant topics that are being talked about in many companies. As they are at the VanDrie Group. More


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The VanDrie daughter company Oukro is an important link in the calf chain. Oukro processes the calfskins that come from our veal companies and sends them to customers all over the world. More


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Marco Versmissen has been a truck driver for ten years. Not just a truck driver: he transports calves to and from veal farms for our daughtercompany Van Drie bv. More


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The VanDrie Group supports more sustainable production of calf feed. More


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Ekro intends to apply sustainable water management and to continue meeting the requirements of the Water Board district Vallei and Veluwe. More


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As Quality Manager Rozenn Levèfre, is responsible for the food safety of the products at our daughter company Tendriade in France.  More


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The veal products that leave our companies are certified according to the ISO 22000 standard Food safety management systems - requirements for an organization in the food chain.  More


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From 13 to 17 October, the Dutch Embassy in the Gulf Region and VanDrie Group are organising a Healthy Food Week.  More


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