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Oils Margarines Sauces Mayonnaise
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Vandemoortele Group

Vandemoortele Group is a European food group that manufactures and sells high-quality food products. The activities of the Vandemoortele Group can be split up into two basic product groups: Frozen Bakery Products and Margarines & Fats.
 
High-quality food products...

Vandemoortele Group is a European food group that manufactures and sells high-quality food products. The activities of the Vandemoortele Group can be split up into two basic product groups: Frozen Bakery Products and Margarines & Fats.
 
... mainly for retail and professional users (B2B)

The main target group of the Vandemoortele Group are retail clients, with private labels, and professional users such as artisan bakeries, food service and industrial clients. They appreciate the quality and user-friendliness of Vandemoortele products
 
"We love food"

Food – good enough to love. Food is about taste, a wide assortment and user-friendliness. The Vandemoortele Group guarantees food products that offer all of this. And what’s more, Vandemoortele customises food to suit the needs of customers because at Vandemoortele, the customer is king!
 
Our vision:
We are a family controlled group which is and wishes to remain active in the production and / or sale of food products in Europe.
We wish to create value within a perspective of continuity. To achieve this, we focus on specific activities where we hold or can establish a leading position and in which we can grow in a sustainable and profitable manner.
These activities are margarines & fats and frozen bakery products. We want to expand these activities dynamically on the basis of innovation, quality and operational excellence.
Our mission:
We are committed to satisfying the needs and expectations of our customers by offering them innovative, safe and high quality food products.
With our extensive portfolio of margarines, fats and frozen bakery products our primary focus is on professional users for whom quality, variety and convenience are essential.
We wish to achieve this with respect for society and the environment and with the conviction that the personal development of our employees must go hand in hand with the development of our Group.
 
Although the Vandemoortele Group is not a public limited company, it applies the "2009 Belgian Code on Corporate Governance". Vandemoortele has won the Belgian Best Board Award for non-quoted companies.

The Board of Directors lays down the overall policy of the Vandemoortele Group and reports to the shareholders. In its ranks, the Board of Directors has four representatives of the family shareholders, one representative of the Gimv-XL fund and four independent representatives. The Board of Directors is chaired by Karel Boone.

The Board of Directors assigns operational management to the Group Executive Committee. The six GEC members are directly responsible for their respective divisions or services and in addition share joint responsibility for the whole of Group activities.
The GEC is chaired by Jean Vandemoortele.
 
1899 signalled the start for Vandemoortele. What started out as a single factory in Izegem (Belgium), as a result of fresh initiatives and takeovers developed into what has become the dynamic Group the company is today.
1899-1945
Founding and growth into national producer of bulk edible oils
The first factory was set up in 1899 by Constant Vandemoortele and his son Adhemar. The company grew from local manufacturer and supplier to the soap and cattle feed industries into a national producer of bulk edible oils.
1946-1997
From national oil producer to European producer of oils and fats
The company expanded from being a national manufacturer of edible oils into a European producer of oils and fats (crude oils, refined oils, bottled oils, margarines, fats and mayonnaise). The creation of Vamix (1978) added a new segment to the Group, namely frozen bread and bakery products. And with the creation of Alpro in 1980, the company was able to guarantee expanded production of soy drinks and related products adding another important activity to the Group. 
1998-2008
Focus on and expansion of three activities


Vandemoortele focuses on packaged consumer goods. It closes down its upstream activities (crushing and refining) and its oil bottling and mayonnaise production activities (except for Belgian brands). The focus is on three core activities: Soy Foods, Lipids (margarines and fats) and Bakery. The acquisitions perfectly fit the strategy of expanding the core activities: Cottes France (artisan bread - 2004), Colombus Food Belgium (donuts - 2004), SoFine Foods the Netherlands (tofu and meat replacers - 2006), Erkens Bakkerijen the Netherlands (patisserie - 2006), Gourmand Poland (bread and pastries - 2007) and Panavi France (bread and pastries - 2008).
 
2009-today
Focus on business-to-business

Vandemoortele decides to focus on Bakery and Lipids and sells its Alpro soya division. In both Lipids and Bakery, Vandemoortele holds a leading position in Europe. Even more than before will the client be given an even more central position in the elaboration and execution of plans and projects.
 
Creativity and ambition

Creating new products, discovering new markets, doing what no one has done before us, that is what we mean by creativity. Creativity at Vandemoortele is about contributing to achieving the ambitions of the company, which are to secure and retain its position as market leader.
Creativity & Ambition
Creating new products, discovering new markets, doing what no one has done before us, that is what we mean by creativity. Creativity at Vandemoortele is about contributing to achieving the ambitions of the company, which are to secure and retain its position as market leader.
The customer is the professional user and retailer. Vandemoortele likes to support their ambition to supply fresh, tasty products to the end consumer. Packaging or products are adapted in collaboration with the customer. The customers’ requests are dealt with in a creative manner. The customer is able to realise his ambitions thanks to the flexibility and creativity offered by Vandemoortele. Because the customer…. Is always right at Vandemoortele.
Vandemoortele employees are also encouraged to be creative, to come up with new ideas, to think outside the box, to come up with solutions for problems. Creativity also helps employees to achieve their goal of giving the best of themselves and thus making a personal contribution to the growth of the company.
 
Ownership and accountability

'Ownership’... or in other words, taking responsibility. At Vandemoortele we are not afraid of taking important decisions, sometimes difficult decisions, but always decisions that we have thought through thoroughly. ‘Ownership’ at Vandemoortele always goes together with focusing on results. By setting specific results or objectives, it is possible to make sound decisions.
The customer is always right and he thus enjoys excellent coaching from Vandemoortele. Training and professional advice ensure that the products in turn are offered in the best possible way to the end consumer. After all, the ultimate presentation of tasty products is the customer’s responsibility.
Vandemoortele employees also take their responsibilities seriously when executing their tasks. Thanks to a well-designed system of job-descriptions and pre-defined objectives, staff know what is expected of them and they are able to work towards achieving these results. These Vandemoortele values motivate staff to take initiatives and work autonomously.
Integrity and trust

Integrity stands for honesty and sincerity. As a company Vandemoortele is a model of integrity and it also expects the same of its staff and suppliers. Vandemoortele products are manufactured and sold honestly. This is how trust is built up and maintained between Vandemoortele, its suppliers, customers and employees.
Integrity & Trust
Integrity stands for honesty and sincerity. As a company Vandemoortele is a model of integrity and it also expects the same of its staff and suppliers. Vandemoortele products are manufactured and sold honestly. This is how trust is built up and maintained between Vandemoortele, its suppliers, customers and employees.
Integrity and trust are central values at Vandemoortele and play a leading role in the collaboration with suppliers and customers. Honest practices and high quality products… the perfect ingredients for a long-term relationship.
Vandemoortele employees support Vandemoortele’s ethical way of working. Safe food products, respect for people, concern for the environment. They all play a crucial role in the daily tasks of everyone who works for the company. This ethical way of working and the corporate integrity strengthen the confidence that colleagues, customers and suppliers have in the company.
Margarines and fats

Vandemoortele is active in the retail market for margarines and fats and has an extensive range for bakeries and the catering sector. In addition our margarines and fats are extensively used in industry. Vandemoortele is one of the most important European players in the margarine and packaged fats business.
Frozen bakery products

Breads, pastry, American products and patisserie all form part of our range of frozen bakery products. Vandemoortele sells them to professional users and retailers. They bake and finish them as fresh, tasty products for the actual consumer. The products are marketed under known brands but Vandemoortele also produces customised recipes on request from the client. With the concept "
Croustifrance" Vandemoortele is able to approach the local supermarkets with a focussed total package based on full service, training and follow-up.
 
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