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VanDrie Group


VanDrie Group: a family history.
The Dutch-owned VanDrie Group is not only the world market leader in veal, but also a company built on the best family traditions. It was in the early 1960s that Jan van Drie purchased his first newborn calf for fattening. Today, with more than 25 companies and an annual turnover of approximately € 2 billion, the group is the largest integrated veal producer in the world and thereby the global market leader in veal, calf milk replacer and calf skins.

Putting the calf on a pedestal.
Respect for people, animals and quality has been second nature at the VanDrie Group for generations. It forms the basis of our craftsmanship and partnership, and it’s the key to the product that is ultimately delivered: Controlled Quality Veal.

It’s fine structure and refined flavour, makes veal is a valued delicacy. It is also easily digestible and highly nutritious. Truly a meat for all menus. It thereby meets all the requirements of critical chefs and consumers around the world.

Safety first.
Safety Guard is the VanDrie Group’s integrated quality system which assures food safety and animal welfare throughout the production chain. The responsible use of antibiotics and environmental management are also regulated through Safety Guard. The basis of
Safety Guard is ISO 22000, the standard implemented throughout the VanDrie Group.
Safety Guard has also been configured to meet the demands of customers worldwide. IFS and BRC are housed within Safety Guard. At the core of Safety Guard is the traceability system.

The basis in every phase of the production process is the animal’s individual earmark,
the ID code, which remains associated with the animal and the meat. Even when the meat is reduced further in the deboning plant, the ID code remains associated with each cut of meat, making traceability down to the individual animal still possible. This is another example of the difference between the VanDrie Group and other veal producers.

The slaughterhouses.
The VanDrie Group’s production is made to measure. This begins at the farm, where calves are housed according to breed and origin. All veal products are delivered according to customer specifications. These may refer to the shape, weight and colour of the meat. Any desired cut can be produced during the processing of the meat. Products are packaged as requested by the customer: boxes, foil and product information stickers are produced according to agreed specifications. The VanDrie Group therefore delivers a tail or made concept, at any time of day, around the world. The VanDrie Group’s slaughterhouses in
the Netherlands, T. Boer & zn in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, Ekro and ESA in Apeldoorn, are the largest veal slaughterhouses in the world.

Exports to more than 60 countries.
With Europe as its most important sales market, the VanDrie Group exports its end product, veal, as well as calf milk powder, to more than 60 countries around the world. Within a few hours or a few days of ordering, customers have what they want. Careful delivery by land, sea and air is guaranteed, partly by the VanDrie Group’s own transport network. Veal is delivered according to the customer’s wishes as carcasses or cuts, fresh or frozen products, vacuum-packed in boxes or crates for butchers and consumers.



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