Profile Royal Cosun is an agro-industrial group that processes arable crops and other vegetable raw materials. Cosun is a cooperative of some 9,200 Dutch sugar beet growers. The cooperative has been processing its members’ sugar beet since 1899. Over the years we have added new activities to our portfolio, nearly all of them relating to agriculture or horticulture.

We produce a wide range of ingredients and intermediate products from vegetable raw materials such as sugar beet, potatoes, chicory, fruit and vegetables for the international food industry. We also make products that are sold to consumers through the foodservice (out-of-home and wholesale outlets) and retail channels. We are increasingly developing ingredients for non-food applications. We supply products to the animal feed sector, develop building blocks for biobased chemicals and produce bio-energy (green gas).

Of all the 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. Inulin is a dietary fibre that reduces the sugar and fat content of foodstuffs. 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. Cosun Biobased Products is a fledgling business specialising in the development and production of functional green chemicals and materials based on renewable vegetable raw materials. Its innovations are used in a wide range of applications.

Royal Cosun has a joint research and development centre: the Cosun Food Technology Centre (CFTC). In close collaboration with the business groups that make up Cosun, CFTC improves the use of agricultural raw materials, innovates process technology, optimises energy management and, in cooperation with customers, develops new products. CFTC also works with a variety of institutions and universities in the Netherlands and abroad.