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ForFarmers strengthens organic feed position

Organic feed producer Reudink, subsidiary of ForFarmers the Netherlands, has acquired Van Gorp Biologische Voeders (Van Gorp Bio). Reudink will take over its employees, a specialized feed mill and its customer portfolio. Van Gorp Diervoeders, located in Waalwijk, is not part of the transaction.

Position

With the purchase of the biological feed production of Van Gorp Bio Reudink strenghtens its leading position in the Dutch organic animal feed market. “There is an increasing demand for organic food and therefore also for organic animal feed. We want to further expand our position in this market. Acquiring Van Gorp Bio seamlessly fits this ambition,” says Wilfred Jonkman, managing director of Reudink.

Van Gorp Bio, like Reudink, focuses with feed solutions on organic livestock farmers active in all species. Van Gorp Bio’s organic feed is produced in a feed mill in Schalkwijk, both for their own clients and other feed manufacturers. In the year 2017, Van Gorp Bio sold 67.000 tonnes of feed and had a turnover of approximately €31 million with an EBITDA of €1,2 million. Van Gorp Bio has twelve employees, including the current managing director, Arno van Gorp, who will remain involved for the time being to facilitate a smooth integration.

Improve

Arno van Gorp: “We are convinced that merging with Reudink, and therefore with ForFarmers, offers added value for both our organic customers and our employees. Reudink’s ambition to continue to grow internationally in the organic market by offering both innovative concepts and advice to customers appeals to us and gives us the confidence that this part of our company will continue to improve.”

The price paid by ForFarmers for the share transaction to acquire Van Gorp Bio is based on a multiple over EBITDA, in line with historically paid multiples. Payment takes place largely today, on transfer of the shares. After a maximum of three years, a final payment will be made related to predetermined objectives to be achieved. As of today, the results of Van Gorp Bio will be consolidated in the results of ForFarmers Nederland. Over time, Van Gorp Bio will be fully integrated into Reudink.

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