FrieslandCampina’s members’ council appoints new board member and approves growth investment in Indonesia

Date: 30.09.2020Source: Friesland Campina

On Wednesday, 30th September 2020, the members’ council of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A. decided on a number of proposals, and the board and management updated the council on developments within the cooperative, the company and the markets in which FrieslandCampina is active. The latter also with a view to the coronavirus that has flared up again in many countries in recent weeks.

The members’ council has appointed Mr Frans van den Hurk to the board of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A. Van den Hurk is appointed for a period of four years, with the option of reappointment. The appointment is effective as of 15 December 2020. At the same time Van den Hurk has been appointed to the supervisory board of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

Said Mr Frans Keurentjes, chairman of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A., of the appointment: “Frans has a great deal of experience as a senior administrator of a cooperative and is an experienced entrepreneur. He has a reputation for being a real team player, who is passionate about the cooperative cause and is committed to the interests of its members. As such, I am delighted to welcome Frans to the board of the cooperative and to the supervisory board of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. On behalf of the board, I wish him every success in these roles.”

Frans van den Hurk owns a dairy farm in Lieshout (the Netherlands) and sat on the district councils of FrieslandCampina’s legal precursors between 1997 and 2005. In addition, he held various senior management posts at Rabobank for nearly fourteen years. Mr Van den Hurk will be succeeding Gjalt Mulder, who has indicated that he is unavailable for a second term.

The members’ council has also approved the construction of a large new dairy plant and distribution centre for Frisian Flag Indonesia in the Jakarta area. As part of the plan, the current production site at Pasar Rebo will be converted into the production centre for local infant nutrition brands for Asia. The total investment amounts to about 250 million euros, which is crucial to ensuring continued growth in Indonesia in the future – one of FrieslandCampina’s largest and fastest-growing markets.

Commented Hein Schumacher, CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.: “This expansion will allow us to provide even more people in Indonesia with our nutritious dairy products in the future. In nearly a hundred years Frisian Flag, or ‘Susu Bendera’, as the Indonesians call it, has grown into a brand known to almost everyone in Indonesia and it is the only dairy brand in the Top 10 FMCG brands. The construction of a new production site will allow us to continue to grow and contribute to the development of the Indonesian economy and dairy sector.”

The construction of the new dairy plant for the production of condensed and pasteurised milk is scheduled to begin in April 2021. Total production capacity will exceed half a billion kilos of finished product, with the possibility to expand to one billion kilos. The conversion of the Pasar Rebo production site into the central production centre for local infant nutrition brands for Asia is set to take place concurrently. Both projects should be completed by the first half of 2024.

Frisian Flag Indonesia is one of the largest dairy companies in Indonesia. In total, Frisian Flag Indonesia employs around 3,000 people, with some 2,000 vendors on the road each day through distributors, working to supply all 350,000 outlets across Indonesia with dairy products. For more visit frieslandcampina.com

David Cox / IDM

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