Dutch ambassador visits Norfolk BOCM Pauls mill

Trip made to find out more about UK agricultural sector

BOCM Pauls, a UK-based animal feed company, has hosted a fact-finding visit by Her Excellency Laetitia van den Assum, ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, at its Tucks Mill in Burston, Norfolk. Producing more than 300,000 metric tons of pig and poultry feed annually for farmers in Norfolk and Suffolk, the mill is the largest operated by BOCM Pauls, which is owned by European livestock feed manufacturer ForFarmers B.V., headquartered at Lochem in The Netherlands.

The ambassador was at Burston to find out more about the UK agricultural sector and how BOCM Pauls operates as part of a program by The Netherlands Embassy in London. Accompanied by Dr. Henk de Jong, agricultural counsellor and Stella van Bemmelen, agricultural assistant, the ambassador was welcomed by Bert-Jan Ruumpol, CEO, ForFarmers B.V., Iain Gardner, CEO, BOCM Pauls and Nick Major, corporate affairs director, ForFarmers.

Following an introduction to BOCM Pauls by Gardner, Ruumpol outlined ForFarmers’ strategy, objectives and reasons for investing in the UK, while Major discussed the opportunities and challenges for the UK’s food and farming sector. Her Excellency was then shown around the mill by Ketill Lord, regional operations manager, BOCM Pauls, providing an opportunity to see the entire production process, from raw materials being delivered to finished feed products being loaded for delivery to farms throughout the region. The visit concluded with a discussion on how the embassy of The Netherlands might assist the company in its future development.