Duynie, the Dutch group that bought the long established James & Son feed co-products business a year ago, has consolidated the UK operation under a single brand and is looking to expand though organic and acquisition growth.
The Dutch business, part of the Royal Cosun Group, acquired James & Son from Agrifirm - also based in The Netherlands, in June 2014. It has now dropped the James brand and is trading under the Duynie responsible feeding banner to both simplify the company’s identity and explain its business. This unified brand has been rolled out across UK operations since early 2015.
UK managing director Tom Hall estimates that Duynie handles between 550-600,000 tonnes of co-products in the UK annually and around 4-5 million tonnes across Europe. It is the third biggest feed co-product handler in the UK, behind ForFarmers DML (1 million tonnes) and the KW operation within AB Agri. The main commodities handled are moist and liquid co-products from breweries and distilleries; potato and fruit processing products; and dry materials arising from cereal, bakery and confectionery manufacture.
These feed materials can be supplied to farmer customers in straight form or as a range of moist blends for ruminant feeding.
Mr Hall says Duynie is differentiating its offer from competitors by investing significant sums with its suppliers and customers to ensure it is a reliable and unobtrusive partner. He says the business has invested over £2 million at supplier premises in tanks, pumps and outloading facilities. This both reduces its effect on the host processor’s business operations by lessening the frequency of vehicle movements and minimising the environmental impact through better control of odours, spillages and mess on site.
At the same time, £1.5m has been spent on liquid feed product storage tanks for farm customers. As well as making the products easier to handle and reducing wastage, Mr Hall says the larger tanks enable farmers to buy ahead when prices are favourable, enabling them to manage feed price volatility better.
The drive towards a more sustainable agriculture favours the feed-co-product sector, argues Mr Hall. Including greater volumes of such products in rations both helps the processing sector and reduces the volume of crop commodities that have to be imported from across the world. The Duynie Group specialises in co-products, and its feed business is now active in eight EU member states. The Group also has subsidiary companies using food and drink co-products to make a range of products from starch-based wallpaper pastes to cat litters.