Member payments increase by 40 percent
In 2015, Koninklijke Coöperatie Agrifirm saw a net income of EUR76.2 million (US$84 million).
The sales volume of animal feeds and products for the plant-based sector experienced a positive trend. The initiated strategy, with a focus on core activities and accelerated result growth, was vigorously continued in 2015. The investment efforts, the implemented improvements in efficiency, and the transformation of the organization have made positive contributions to the result.
A clear focus on innovations and continued improvements within the operation yield benefits for customers and provide a solid basis for growth and market share. Based on its Dutch Farming vision, Agrifirm uses its knowledge, products and advice to help Dutch livestock farmers and growers to establish and further strengthen their top positions in the world.
The member company Agrifirm Feed experienced an increase of 100,000 tonnes in its sales volume. This caused Agrifirm Feed’s market share in the Netherlands to continue to grow. The innovative feed concepts Gemengd Voeren 2.0, Ruwvoer Totaal, SALDO MELKEN and TopStart made a significant contribution in this respect. In face of the pressure felt within the pig farming sector, this sector was supplied with a new product range of meat pig feed that resulted in lower feed costs per kilo of meat.
Due to the late start of the spring, the growth season was shorter than average, causing Agrifirm Plant’s revenues to be lower. In spite of this, the company achieved a 2 percent increase in crop protection product revenues.
Agrifirm’s cereal pool prices were above average payout prices in the Netherlands. The logistics restructuring was completed at Agrifirm Plant and the from-the-farm concept for the collection of cereals proved to be efficient. With the introduction of concepts such as NemaDecide Geo, Transformer and the use of eBee for creating Geo maps, Agrifirm Plant continues to further develop its leading position in precision agriculture and soil health.
European Agrifirm companies
The Agrifirm Feed companies outside the Netherlands performed well. Agrifirm Belgium realized an increase in its sales volume of more than 10 percent in the laying hen poultry farming sector. It is a remarkable achievement, while the egg contracts continued to be phased out in accordance with agreements. With concepts such as VIGOR, laying hen poultry farmers proved to be convinced of the added value of Agrifirm’s concept-based approach. This in turn attracted new customers.
The clear focus on cost control and efficient production and logistics also contributed to the positive result in the pig farming sector. Agrifirm Polska and Agrifirm Magyarország (Hungary) managed to achieve a higher sales volume, as well as improved financial results. A constant high feed quality, new concepts and being more in control proved to be the success factors.
Cost reduction, focus on core activities and an effective customer approach produced a positive result at the feed company Agrifirm Deutschland. Compared to 2014 a major improvement. The development of the plant activities is lagging behind.
In spite of a difficult season, BV Oldambt achieved an acceptable result. Export orders for dried roughage outside Europe were a significant contributing factor in this respect.
After the divestment of its operation in the United Kingdom (2014) and the termination of its operations in Germany, Agrifirm Co-products achieved a positive result. Greater synergy between Agrifirm Co-products and Agrifirm Feed is resulting in a higher sales volume of wet by-products in the Netherlands. In 2015 the wet compound feed concept for cattle experienced a definite breakthrough with Proti+ and Gluco+.