New cross-border merger within the co-operative sector
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- 05 January 2001
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The Dutch dairy group Campina Melkunie has merged with the German dairy group Milchwerke Köln Wuppertal.
The two companies’ representatives approved the merger in late December and it took effect on January 1 creating the second cross-border co-operative dairy group after the marriage between MD Foods and Arla last year. In fact, the Campina Melkunie/Milchwerke Köln Wuppertal merger is the first between co-operatives from three countries as the agreement also includes a small Belgium co-operative, De Verbroedering, which like Milchwerke Köln Wuppertal has been associated with Campina Melkunie for years.
“With ever stronger international competition, it is important that there are co-operative based international alternatives to the large private companies,” says Campina Melkunie’s Group Information Manager Jeen Akkerman.
The new company will be known as Campina Melkunie. The group has 12,000 co-operative owners, receives 6 billion kg milk per year and has a turnover of approx. DKK 25 billion. In Denmark, Campina Melkunie supplies double cream to FDB.
Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.