Feed manufacturer ForFarmers has grown its organic feed capacity in the Netherlands through the purchase of a dedicated organic feed plant.

The Dutch co-operative’s organic subsidiary, Reudink, has bought an organic feed mill in Schalkwijk from privately-owned Van Gorp Diervoeders. This business has two plants – the dedicated organic one, trading as Van Gorp Biologische Voeders (Van Gorp Bio) since 1990 and a conventional mill at Waalwijk making ruminant, small animal and horse feeds. This business, which originated as a flour miller in 1923, will continue to trade independently, and to distribute Reudink bagged organic products.

Reudink says the move strengthens its leading position in the Dutch organic feed market. Van Gorp Bio sold 67,000 tonnes of feed in 2017, generating earnings of €1.2m on revenues of €31m with sales throughout the Netherlands and in other European countries. The company toll manufactures for third parties as well as under its own brands, and the plant is HACCP, GMP + and SecureFeed compliant. The undisclosed sale price is based on a multiple of earnings with a three year earnout.

“There is an increasing demand for organic food and therefore also for organic animal feed,” says Reudink managing director Wilfred Jonkman. “We want to further expand our position in this market, and acquiring Van Gorp Bio seamlessly fits this ambition.”

Van Gorp Bio managing director Arno van Gorp, who will remain with the business for a transition period, adds: “We are convinced that merging with Reudink and therefore ForFarmers, offers added value for both our organic customers and our employees. Reudink has ambitions to continue to grow internationally in the organic market by offering both innovative concepts and advice to customers.”

● ForFarmers has completed its acquisition of the Belgian feed manufacturer Voeders Algoet, first announced in June. The business produces some 150,000 tonnes of ruminant and pig compounds each year.