We are a strategic partner for milk processing firms because we share market information and support customers when it is most needed. Farmel concludes many agreements with its buyers based on quoted prices, but also based on fixed prices. This manner of collaboration allows us to mitigate price fluctuations, offering our buyers a higher level of certainty and maximum flexibility so that they do not have to fully depend on their own dairy farmers. Doing business with Farmel is easy. We prefer to enter into long-lasting relationships and we conclude many long-term contracts. Farmel dares to innovate instead of holding back. We consider it important to be proactive and we are happy to contribute to the development of your new (dairy) products. Farmel does not easily give no for an answer and to us, a deal is a deal. We are happy to go the extra mile for our customers, because at Farmel we are Moved by Milk! Thanks to its large network of buyers, Farmel is always able to offer solutions when dairy processing firms and plants face calamities.
Farmel has many years of experience with the procurement of raw milk and dairy products. Having intensively worked together with our own 190 dairy farms, we know all the operational ins and outs. We intermediate for this group of Quality Milk Chain-certified dairy farmers in order to align supply and demand between the Dutch and international dairy markets. Farmel is right at the source of dairy products. Because there are no additional links in the supply chain, Farmel can guarantee quality and continuity as well as offer competitive prices. The large and consistent volume of milk produced by our dairy farmers enables us to respond flexibly to your needs.
In the Netherlands, quality requirements for dairy products are more stringent than stipulated by the European Union. The raw milk is under strict supervision from the Netherlands Controlling Authority for Milk and Milk Products (COKZ). Farmel's milk is of the highest possible quality and is widely used in premium products. Our quality is safeguarded by a quality system that runs throughout the supply chain. We closely supervise milking and storage, cleaning and disinfection, environment and waste, feed and water, medication use and animal welfare. In addition, Farmel has set its own requirements for total viable count, butyric acid concentration and purity.
Farmel concludes many agreements based on quoted prices, but we incorporate risk management by also concluding many agreements with buyers based on fixed prices. By doing so, we absorb price fluctuations and remove a great deal of uncertainty from our buyers.
By entering into multiple collaborations with contract workers, Farmel is always able to respond to our buyers' supply and demand. We have a unique and flexible position because we manage raw produce straight from the source.
All transport is organised and carried out by transport company Gebroeders Dunnink in Nieuwleusen. This is a certified transport company that attaches great importance to standards of hygiene, correctness and service. With a large fleet of milk tankers, Gebroeders Dunnink collects the raw milk from our farmers. When the milk is collected from the dairy farmer, a milk sample is drawn which is analysed in Qlip's independent dairy laboratory. The data is constantly monitored and additional quality checks are carried out via Z-net.
This long-standing, successful collaboration between Gebroeders Dunnink and Farmel has enabled us to organise transport from our farmers to our processors, plants and other buyers highly efficiently and sustainably.