October 5, 2020
FrieslandCampina members' council appoints new board member, approves investment in Indonesia
On September 30, the members' council of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina UA decided on several proposals, as the board and management updated the council on developments within the cooperative, the company and the markets in which FrieslandCampina is active.
The members' council has appointed Frans van den Hurk to the board of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina UA. Van den Hurk is appointed for a period of four years, with the option of reappointment. The appointment is effective from December 15. Van den Hurk has been appointed to the supervisory board of Royal FrieslandCampina NV
Frans Keurentjes, chairman of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina UA welcomes the appointment of Van den Hurk, saying: "Frans has a great deal of experience as a senior administrator of a cooperative and is an experienced entrepreneur. He has a reputation for being a real team player, who is passionate about the cooperative cause and is committed to the interests of its members. As such, I am delighted to welcome Frans to the board of the cooperative and to the supervisory board of Royal FrieslandCampina NV. On behalf of the board, I wish him every success in these roles."
Van den Hurk owns a dairy farm in Lieshout, the Netherlands, and sat on the district councils of FrieslandCampina's legal precursors between 1997 and 2005. In addition, he held various senior management posts at Rabobank for nearly fourteen years. Van den Hurk will be succeeding Gjalt Mulder, who has indicated that he is unavailable for a second term.
The members' council has also approved the construction of a large new dairy plant and distribution centre for Frisian Flag Indonesia in Jakarta. As part of the plan, the current production site at Pasar Rebo will be converted into the production centre for local infant nutrition brands for Asia. The total investment amounts to about €250 million (US$293.5 million), which is crucial to ensuring continued growth in Indonesia, one of FrieslandCampina's largest and fastest-growing markets.
Hein Schumacher, CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina NV said: "This expansion will allow us to provide even more people in Indonesia with our nutritious dairy products in the future. In nearly a hundred years Frisian Flag -- or "Susu Bendera", as the Indonesians call it -- has grown into a brand known to almost everyone in Indonesia and it is the only dairy brand in the Top 10 FMCG brands. The construction of a new production site will allow us to continue to grow and contribute to the development of the Indonesian economy and dairy sector."
The construction of the dairy plant for the production of condensed and pasteurised milk is scheduled to begin in April 2021. Total production capacity will exceed half a billion kilos of finished product, with the possibility to expand to one billion kilos. The conversion of the Pasar Rebo production site into the central production centre for local infant nutrition brands for Asia is set to take place concurrently. Both projects should be completed by the first half of 2024.
Frisian Flag Indonesia is one of the largest dairy companies in Indonesia. It employs around 3,000 people, with some 2,000 vendors on the road each day working through distributors and supplying all 350,000 outlets across Indonesia with dairy products.