Maximising the value of raw materials
Policy & organisation
Financial and economic:
for customers, members and employees Supply chain responsibility:
cultivation of vegetable raw materials Sustainable processing:
optimising the production processes Investing in people is investing in the future
Royal Cosun is an agro-industrial group that is firmly rooted
in the primary sector. The businesses that make up the Cosun
group are Aviko, Duynie group, Sensus, Suiker Unie and SVZ. They
make food ingredients and products that are sold through the
food industry and the foodservice and retail channels. The Cosun
businesses are also increasingly making components for
Our strength lies in extracting the maximum value from biomass. Our ambition is to earn a good return on all our activities while respecting the environment, people and society. As a cooperative of sugar beet growers we are fully aware of our responsibilities in the supply chain for current and future generations. We have been bearing this responsibility for so long that it is now second nature. But that does not mean we no longer have any ambitions for sustainability. Quite the opposite!
Of the five businesses that make up Cosun, Suiker Unie and Aviko are the most widely known. They have traditionally produced sugar and potato specialities respectively. Sensus produces inulin from chicory for use in foodstuffs. Inulin is a dietary fibre that is used to reduce the sugar and/or fat content of food. SVZ processes fruit and vegetables into concentrates and purees for the food industry. The Duynie group is a trader and distributor of animal feed and develops advanced applications based on residual flows and by-products from the food industry.
In addition to developing products themselves, the Cosun businesses can draw on the expertise of their own research and development centre: the Cosun Food Technology Centre (CFTC). CFTC supports the business groups with innovative technology and new applications.
Royal Cosun was formed more than 110 years ago by Dutch sugar beet growers who joined forces in a cooperative. At the end of 2012, the cooperative counted 9,708 members/beet growers and had grown into a group with some 3,400 full-time employees and a turnover of about EUR 1.9 billion.