Company overview

Vion is an international producer of meat, meat products and plant based alternatives with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany. Vion has sales support offices in thirteen countries worldwide. Our four Business Units Pork, Beef, Food Service and Retail, provide fresh pork, beef, meat products, plant based alternatives and by-products for retail, foodservice and the meat processing industry.

We supply customers in our home markets of the Netherlands and Germany, as well as in other countries all over the world. Our headquarters are located in Boxtel, the Netherlands.

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Our production locations

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Our worldwide sales support offices

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Our brands & concepts

Our wide range of brands and concepts is tailored to the needs of our customers.

Our products

From pork to beef, from burgers to schnitzels, from organic to vegetarian, and many more… discover the variety in wholesome food products Vion has to offer. Find out more in our online product catalogue.

All parts of the animals have value

Vion valorises all parts of the animals in the best possible way. Animal by-products that are not used for human consumption are used for animal feed or other purposes.

An average pig of 119 kg produces 62 kg of meat; and an average bovine of 575 kg produces 184 kg of meat. The remaining raw materials are used for a wide range of other products.

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Vision, purpose & positioning

Vision

Vion believes in a world where people enjoy safe and healthy food with good taste and good quality from sustainable sources. On a planet that is under pressure from the overuse of resources Vion wants to demonstrate that Vion acknowledges the reality of today and the impact of our industry.

Purpose

By bringing people together we build future proof protein chains and provide Food that Matters. Since our products are an important protein source for the human body, Vion is aware of its vital role in a healthy lifestyle. Our products are at the center of the plate and reflect and meet the requirements of consumers with respect for animal welfare and product integrity.

It is our purpose to make a difference by leading our industry and making a positive impact on people and the planet. Vion is at the center of the food supply chain and we see it as our role to connect and balance demand and supply. By building lasting relations with people and share expertise we continuously make the chain stronger.

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Food that Matters

  • Healthy and tasty food
  • From upgraded demand driven food chains
  • Providing a fair price for farmer and other chain partners
  • Produced with respect for animals and people
  • Setting the standards on reducing environmental impact

Strategic focal point

Implementing Building Balanced Chains to give farmers a future and customers a difference.

We want to be the reliable partner within the food supply chain that provides people around the world with safe meat, meat products and plant based alternatives . We strive to be a leading actor in the consolidation and professionalisation of our industry.

All Vion’s undertakings are aimed at strengthening the long-term relationships with our business partners. It goes without saying that another major goal is to increase our company’s value for the benefit of all stakeholders: shareholders, suppliers, customers and employees.

With customers and the future in mind

Vion is a player in the middle of the meat, meat products and plant based alternatives supply chain. We have long-term relationships with our farmers, logistic partners and customers, to deliver safe and healthy food to consumers all over the world.

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Besides investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure to guarantee food safety, the innovations of our products and production methods help us meet the growing demand for sustainable processes and greater animal welfare. All this is done in dialogue with our stakeholders.

By participating actively in the societal debate around the meat industry we share knowledge and insights to bring balance in this debate. We also wish to contribute to solutions that enable our industry to implement best practices regarding the four major themes: animal welfare, supply chain (including traceability, transparency and product integrity), the environmental impact of meat production, and human health. In our CSR report you can read more about our CSR ambition. With this report we intend to stimulate the discussion with our stakeholders on these relevant items.

We are proud of the essential role that our company plays in the food industry. Delivering quality, in an open and transparent manner, with an eye for sustainability. All the while ambitiously working towards improved performance. That’s the way we do business at Vion.

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Management & supervision

Management board & executive committee

Members of Vion’s management board are CEO Ronald Lotgerink and CFO John Morssink. The management board is supported by the executive committee in achieving the objectives of the company and implementing the strategic objectives set out in the strategy and business plan. In addition to the management board members, the other members of the executive committee include Binne Visser (CHRO), David de Camp (COO Beef), Simon Morris (COO Food Service), John de Jonge (COO Pork) and Philippe Thomas (COO Retail).

Ronald Lotgerink – CEO

1960, Dutch nationality

Chairman of the management board and executive committee

Ronald Lotgerink has been appointed CEO of Vion per 1 September 2018. Lotgerink started his career at KPMG. In 1989 he joined Zwanenberg Food Group as CFO. In 2007 he was appointed CEO at Zwanenberg Food Group. From 2014 – 2018 he was a member of the supervisory board of Vion. Ronald Lotgerink is well versed in the challenges of international meat markets and has extensive experience with branded products, private labels and the meat processing industry.

John Morssink – CFO

1966, Dutch nationality

Member of the management board and executive committee

John Morssink has been appointed CFO of Vion as per 1 November 2018. Morssink has extensive international management experience.

During his career he has worked in various positions at Ahold, among which Financial Director of Albert Heijn Supermarkten. Morssink also worked as Director Control & Strategy at Post NL and as CFO a.i. of Kwantum / Home Fashion Group. Given his previous role as CFO of Vion’s Pork division (2016-2018), he knows the business and processes.

Binne Visser – CHRO

1970, Dutch nationality

Member of the executive committee

Binne Visser has been Chief Human Resource Officer at Vion since 3 September 2018. Over the last 23 years Binne Visser has built up broad international experience working in senior management roles in human resources management. As the owner of the organisational consultancy firm PAMpeople (partner in people management) he helped various organisations in the area of organisational development, change management, culture development and restructuring for almost 10 years. His most recent position was that of HR and Communications director at Kramp Groep, a product supplier in the agricultural sector, where the focus was on transformation and digitisation. Prior to this, he worked as HR director at ForFarmers, where the emphasis was on the merging of various business units and preparations for a public offering.

David de Camp – COO Beef

1973, American nationality

Member of the executive committee

David de Camp has been appointed COO Beef of Vion per 1 July 2020. In the course of his career, he has acquired in-depth knowledge and extensive expertise in the meat industry and is constantly implementing this in his modern management. He joined Vion in 2016. During his career at Vion he took up several management positions. In 2019 he took over the position as Director Operations Cluster North. In his position as COO Beef he will focus on the implementation of the new Vion strategy. This means, among other things, the development of sustainable food chains and the future of Beef.

Simon Morris – COO Food Service

1970, British & Canadian nationality

Member of the executive committee

As of July 2020, Simon Morris has assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer Food Service. Simon joined Vion in March 2019 as Chief Sales Officer SALOMON FoodWorld. He has worked in the food industry for over 20 years, holding sales, marketing and general management positions within brand oriented companies such as Maple Leaf Foods, McCain Foods and European Convenience Foods. Following studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada, he came to Germany in the mid 90’s as a professional football player and began his career in the food industry shortly afterwards. Simon completed a Master of Business Administration program with the Kellogg School of Management at WHU/Northwestern University in 2003 and is also Vice Chairman of the German Frozen Food Association (Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitüt).

John de Jonge – COO Pork

1968, Dutch nationality

Member of the executive committee

As of 1 January 2019, John de Jonge took up the position of Chief Operating Officer Pork. John de Jonge has worked in the meat sector for over 25 years. He has extensive knowledge of the sector and broad management experience. After his study at Wageningen University, he worked for several years as plant manager at Murris Meppel BV and Hendrix Meat Group. John de Jonge joined Vion in 2003. During his career at Vion he took up the position of among others plant manager, Manager Performance Center of the Fresh Meat division, Director Operations Pork, Director Business Unit Pork NL and Chief Supply Chain Officer for the Pork division. In 2018 he completed the INSEAD programme Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice (LEAP).

Philippe Thomas – COO Retail

1979, French nationality

Member of the executive committee

As of November 2019, Philippe Thomas took up the position of Chief Operating Officer Retail. With over 17 years of management experience within Vion, Philippe Thomas knows the business and markets. He joined Vion in 2002. During his career at Vion he took up several management positions. In his last job he was responsible for the Beef sales activities in Europe, as Sales Director Europe Industry & Retail Out of Home Markets. As COO Philippe will be responsible for all retail operations and sales in the Netherlands, Germany, and worldwide.

Supervisory board

The supervisory board of Vion has the following members: Tine Snels (chairman), Rogier Jacobs (vice-chairman), Theo Koekkoek, Marieke Bax and Ton van der Laan.

M. (Martine) Snels

Chairman
1969, Belgian nationality

Former functions:
Member executive board GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and FrieslandCampina and various management positions at Nutreco and Kemin Industries Ltd.

Main other positions:
Member supervisory board Electrolux Professional AB (Sweden) and Resilux NV (Belgium)

R. (Rogier) Jacobs

Vice-chairman
1960, Dutch nationality

Function:
CIO ASML

Former functions:
CIO Cofco International, CIO Cargill INC and various management positions at Océ, Toyota, Ericsson and Capgemini among others.

Main other positions:

T.P. (Theo) Koekkoek

1971, Dutch nationality

Function:
Agricultural entrepreneur

Main other positions:
Chairman Advisory Board Stichting Achmea Rechtsbijstand, Chairman board Agriprofocus, Member Advisory Board coöperatie Cosun, Chairman Advisory Board Aeres and Chairman Supervisory Board Efteling.

M. (Marieke) Bax

1961, Dutch nationality

Former functions:
Various functions Sara Lee Corporation (among which head strategy and M&A Europe for meat, foodservice and textile division), CFO e-commerce company, managing partner governance and communication firm Gooseberry and initiator Talent to the Top.

Main other positions:
Member supervisory board VastNed Retail (chairman remuneration and appointment committee), member advisory board Fonds Podiumkunsten, Senior advisor Deloitte Disruptive M&A and Fellow Deloitte Center for the Edge.

A.T.C. (Ton) van der Laan

1953, Dutch nationality

Former functions:
CEO Nidera, plaform leader Cargill, CEO Provimi, senior vice-president Unilever and managing director Philips DAP.

Main other positions:
Chairman supervisory board of Royal De Heus, member supervisory board Dümmen Orange, vice-chairman supervisory board Rain Forrest Alliance and Non-executive director Marel.

The supervisory board has appointed an audit committee and a remuneration, selection and appointment committee from among its members. The members of the remuneration, selection and appointment committee are Tine Snels (chairman) and Theo Koekkoek. The members of the audit committee are Marieke Bax (chairman), Rogier Jacobs and Ton van der Laan.

Corporate governance

Vion Holding N.V. is a public limited liability company under Dutch law with its registered office in Best, the Netherlands. Vion is exempted from applying the Dutch legal regime for large companies, the so-called large company regime (structuurregime), because Vion is an international holding company.

Vion has a two-tier board. The management board is responsible for managing the company. It is supervised and advised by the supervisory board. Both boards are accountable to Vion’s general meeting of shareholders. The management board is supported by the executive committee.

Vion’s corporate governance consists of rules based on Dutch legislation, its articles of association, the Dutch Corporate Governance Code, and Vion’s own code of conduct.

Shareholder

Stichting Administratiekantoor SBT (SBT) is the sole shareholder of the company. SBT has issued depositary receipts for its shares in the company. The depositary receipts have been issued without cooperation of the company. All depositary receipts are held by Noordbrabantse Christelijke Boerenbond, Rooms-Katholieke Vereniging van Boeren en Tuinders-Ontwikkeling (NCB-Ontwikkeling). The board of SBT consists of five members. According to the articles of association of SBT three out of five board members are appointed by NCB-Ontwikkeling. The other two board members are also appointed by NCB-Ontwikkeling as holder of all depositary receipts. At this moment one board member of SBT is also member of the board of NCB-Ontwikkeling. NCB-Ontwikkeling is related to Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (ZLTO), mainly because the board of NCB-Ontwikkeling consists of the same members as the board of ZLTO and the members of NCB-Ontwikkeling are also member of ZLTO. ZLTO is an association for entrepreneurs working in agricultural sectors and has approximately 15,000 members in Noord Brabant, Zeeland and the southern part of Gelderland. NCB-Ontwikkeling acts as the investment fund of ZLTO.

Dutch Corporate Governance Code

On 8 December 2016 the revised Dutch Corporate Governance Code (the Code) was published. The revised Code applies as of the financial year 2017. Because Vion is not listed on a stock exchange, applying the Code is not mandatory. Vion applies the Code nevertheless because it provides a sound and transparent system of checks and balances within a company to regulate relations between the management board, the supervisory board and the general meeting of shareholders that contributes to confidence in the good and responsible management of companies and their integration into society.

In accordance with the Code’s “comply or explain” principle Vion deviates from the Code’s principles and best practice provisions in a number of instances. Generally speaking, this is the case where the provisions are not compatible with its legal structure and the nature of its business or are specifically written for listed companies with a widespread ownership.

The required changes as a result of the revised Code have been made in amongst others the rules of procedure of the management board, the supervisory board, the audit committee and the remuneration, selection and appointment committee.

More information about corporate governance can be found in our annual report.

Governance documents

Please find below download links to the English governance documents.

Rules of procedure and rotation plan

Remuneration

More information about the remuneration policy can be found in our annual report.

Articles of association

The articles of association of Vion Holding N.V.

Good Business Practice

Our Good Business Practice Guide provides a clear and concise summary of how we interact with each other within our company and how we respond in certain situations. The guide contains information on our code of conduct (standards and values), whistleblower policy and our approach towards information security and fraud prevention.

Please find below the Good Business Practice Guide in various languages:

Whistleblower policy

Vion is committed to conducting business at all times in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, the Vion code of conduct and all company policies. Therefore, it is important that Vion is aware of all possible violations, especially those that are against the laws and regulations or violate our code of conduct and policies. Our whistleblower policy is intended to encourage everyone within Vion to report suspected irregularities in good faith and substantively. More information regarding the whistleblower policy can be found in our Good Business Practice Guide.

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