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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
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
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
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
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 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