18 January 2018
First large-scale specialised production facility for non-GMO feed in The Netherlands
Today, ForFarmers (the Netherlands) announces the reopening this year of the feed mill in Deventer, which was closed on 1 January 2015. This production facility, located next to the operational mill, will immediately undergo intensive renovation. The decision to put the mill to use again fits in with growing feed sales and increasing demand for non-GMO feed (with non-Genetically Modified Organisms). The renovated plant, with a maximum production capacity of 250K tonnes, can therefore be fully deployed for the production of non-GMO and VLOG-certified (Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik) compound feed.
The interest, especially within the German market, in non-GMO dairy products, is on the rise. ForFarmers has identified that as a result, the demand for non-GMO feed continues to rise, especially in the ruminant sector (dairy, beef, goats and sheep). This is why ForFarmers has decided to reopen the feed mill in Deventer and to fit it out specifically for the production of non-GMO and VLOG-certified compound feed. VLOG is a German association responsible for certifying and issuing the ‘Ohne Gentechnik’ label (non-GMO). The reopening of the plant also brings with it an increase in the total available production capacity to continue to meet the growing demand for ruminant feed.
First specialist fully non-GMO production location
David Fousert, Director Ruminants ForFarmers the Netherlands: “The reopening of our plant in Deventer, as the first large-scale specialised production facility in The Netherlands for 100% non-GMO certified feed for ruminants, is good news both for us and for our customers. With this, we are responding to an important and growing demand from the market. Moreover, we are optimising our own production process for this type of feed. As a result, we are keeping the costs for the complexity of this supply chain under control and we can pass on these savings to our customers”.
Renovation and redesign
ForFarmers plans to reopen this plant still this year, taking into account a renovation period of 9 months. The renovation, with an investment of over €3 million, will start immediately.