Monthly Archives: May 2013

Building of Frisian dairy plants officially underway

The Queen’s Commissioner for Friesland John Jorritsma drove the first pile for the cheese factory of A-ware Food Group and ingredients factory of Fonterra Europe on Monday. This ceremony officially launched the construction of two dairy plants at the Heereveen business site IBF off the A7 motorway. A-ware Food Group and Fonterra expect the cheese factory and ingredients factory to be operational by the end of 2014.

Dairy Chain Friesland: the meeting of supply and demand for jobs throughout the dairy chain

Dairy Chain Friesland is the Frisian approach to seizing the opportunities arising in the dairy sector both now and in the future. Dairy Chain Friesland is the approach of the further education sector (Wageningen UR / UCF) and Dairy Campus Leeuwarden intended to respond by means of an ongoing ‘Frisian learning curve’ to the fast-growing demand for well-educated personnel and entrepreneurs in the Feed to Food chain.

Sneek-based yacht builder receives order for Volvo Ocean Race

Equip-lite Europe will be helping to build large, 65-foot yachts that will be taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race, which will be starting in October 2014. The Sneek-based company will be supplying the main halyard blocks. The company is also negotiating on the supply of the deck and rigging fittings.

Online collectors’ paradise Catawiki continues to grow

With more than 1.5 million visitors a month and about 100,000 users Catawiki in Assen has developed in a few years into the world’s biggest online catalogue and auction site for collectors all over the world. When it was launched in 2008 Catawiki was still run by two people working in an attic, but it is now a company employing twenty people operating internationally and there is a pressing need for more personnel.

Bertelsmann acquires stake in Kalooga

Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), the strategic venture capital fund of Bertelsmann – Europe’s biggest media company – has acquired a minority stake in Kalooga. The fast-growing Dutch company based in Groningen, has teamed up with BDMI to help accelerate its international expansion.

Drenthe Dairy Academy underway

Drenthe’s new dairy academy is now underway at DOC Kaas in Hoogeveen. The academy is an initiative by eleven dairy companies and seven training organizations. They are seeking to share one another’s knowledge of the dairy industry in order to provide their employees with refresher courses and train new staff. Many employees in the industry are due for retirement. The purpose of the academy is to transfer the available knowledge.