First large-scale specialized production facility for non-GMO feed in The Netherlands
ForFarmers (the Netherlands) has reopened its feed mill in Deventer, The Netherlands, which was closed on January 1, 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 250,000 tons, 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 specialty fully non-GMO production location
“The reopening of our plant in Deventer, as the first large-scale specialized production facility in The Netherlands for 100 percent non-GMO certified feed for ruminants, is good news both for us and for our customers,” said David Fousert, director—ruminants, ForFarmers the Netherlands. “With this, we are responding to an important and growing demand from the market. Moreover, we are optimizing 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 more than EUR3 million (US$3.72 million), will start immediately.