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Annual CSR Report 2020


For a long time, people thought black swans didn’t exist. Swans are supposed to be white. But people were wrong. Black swans do exist. In 2008, the economist, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, introduced the ‘black swan’ as a metaphor for situations that are completely inconceivable. Events that occur all the same and subsequently have gigantic effects. Pandemics have occurred before to a greater or lesser extent, and while the global COVID-19 pandemic may not have been a true black swan, the impact of COVID-19 has certainly been unprecedented.

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VanDrie Group in three parts

A unique family business.


The world around us


Progress of CSR objectives


VanDrie Group expressed in figures

Key figures
from 2020


Value creation model


Our mission:

To create maximum customer value through our unique chain, while at the same time taking responsibility for our people and our impact on animals and the climate.


Six interviews on the basis of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The VanDrie Group talks to:

Marcel van der Vliet and Iliana Axiotiades

Marcel van der Vliet, Sales and Procurement Manager at VanDrie Ingredients and President of CELCAA and Iliana Axiotiades, a fellow board member of CELCAA and also Secretary General of Coceral, talk about the importance of a ‘solid and predictable trading climate’ for the EU and the rest of the world.


Martijn Mellema and Jaap Alders

For HR manager Jaap Alders and operational manager Martijn Mellema of T. Boer & zn, 2020 was certainly a year to remember, as the COVID-19 pandemic meant that they had to take even more important choices than usual. Read here which choices our meat processing companies made during the pandemic.


Wiebe Mulder and Gerard van Beek

Developments in legislation and social trends are occurring at an ever-increasing pace. This requires not only a further acceleration in Research & Development (R&D) by the sector, but also greater cooperation and knowledge exchange.


Bjorn Roelofs, Ruth Bouwstra and Jos van Arkel

Quality is the foundation of all products that the VanDrie Group supplies, and our cooperation with independent vets plays an important a role in that regard. A three-way discussion about animal welfare, animal health, data and the opportunities that these offer when it comes to utilising the power of the chain.


Paulo de Waal

Located on the Po plain in northern Italy, the home of the world-famous Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, are the three branches of Zoogamma. Whey, a residual waste flow from the production of cheese, forms the basis for the calf milk powders and dairy raw materials produced by the company, a subsidiary of VanDrie. Read how Zoogamma is producing more and more sustainably. 


Arjo Bronkhorst, Gerco van de Brug, Renger Hazeleger, Wouter Vermeulen

Every year, lorries belonging to the VanDrie Group’s regular logistics partners drive around three million kilometres. Since the first load was transported, about 25 years ago, a great many things have been learned, developed and improved together in order to reduce the CO2 impact of this fleet. A discussion about organising the logistical flows in an increasingly smart and efficient way.


Our people

The best moment of the day changes according to the age of the animals: from a calf licking your hand to a group of satisfied animals stretched out asleep in the stall.

Bert van Middendorp - veal farmer

VanDrie Group in five highlights


We actively connect with customers and consumers, we fulfil our customers’ wishes, we are committed to the eco-design of our products (improving sustainability) and we spread risks across our sales channels.



We limit the impact on the environment and the surroundings, we optimise our raw material flows and we prevent waste.



We safeguard the intrinsic value of animals in the entire chain and improve animal health in general, and in doing so reduce the use of antibiotics.



We use our unique tracking & tracing system and mitigate the risks of food safety violations.



We train our employees to meet the high demands required by law and society.