DMK and FrieslandCampina in joint venture
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina and German DMK Group (DMK) have signed a manufacturing contract. The plans are to produce cut cheese or mozzarella at DMK sites in Hoogeveen, Netherlands and Georgsmarienhütte, Germany, which FrieslandCampina is then marketing.
The raw milk needed is supplied by FrieslandCampina. DMK supplies production equipment and manufacturing know-how. In this context DMK will continue to modernise the Georgsmarienhütte site. The agreement will come into force in 2019.
The two dairy companies see the co-operation as a win-win situation and Ingo Müller, CEO of the DMK Group, says, “We process around eight billion kilos of milk every year. The co-operation with FrieslandCampina is part of our new raw materials strategy. In the future, our raw milk will come from several sources. First and foremost we process the milk of our members and market our products. Secondly, we process milk via works wage contracts such as with FrieslandCampina in Hoogeveen and Georgsmarienhütte. This enables us to make the best possible use of our plant structure.”
Hans Meeuwis, president of Dairy Essentials at FrieslandCampina adds, “We have a strong cheese assortment and we want to continue to grow with cheeses such as mozzarella. The co-operation with DMK fits in well with our strategy of expanding our capacities through selective partnerships and our own investments. This contract allows us to expand our product range, creating value for our owners and service to our customers.”