Company overview

Vion is an international meat producer with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany and sales support offices in thirteen countries worldwide. Our three divisions: Pork, Beef and Food Service, provide fresh pork and beef, 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.

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, mission & strategy

We want to be a global leader and reliable partner within the food supply chain that provides people around the world with safe meat products, and we strive to be a leading actor in the consolidation and professionalisation of the meat 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 supply chain. We have long-term relationships with our farmers, logistic partners and customers, to deliver safe and high quality beef, pork and convenience products 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.

We aspire to be a game changer by participating actively in the societal debate around the meat industry. 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.

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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.

Management & supervision

Management board & executive committee

Members of Vion’s management board are CEO Ronald Lotgerink and CFO Joost Sliepenbeek. 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 (Group HR Director), Bernd Stange (COO Beef), Bernd Stark (COO Food Service) and Frans Stortelder (COO Pork).

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.

Joost Sliepenbeek – CFO

1963, Dutch nationality

Member of the management board and executive committee

Joost Sliepenbeek has been appointed CFO of Vion per 1 May 2015. He has extensive knowledge of financial management, and valuable experience in the retail and food sectors. Joost Sliepenbeek started his career at De Vleeschmeesters. He has also worked at KPMG Management Consulting and Gilde Investment Management. Additionally, during his career he has held various managerial functions within Royal Ahold, and was CFO of Albert Heijn, HEMA, C1000/Schuitema and Van Gansewinkel.

Binne Visser – Group HR Director

1970, Dutch nationality

Member of the executive committee

Binne Visser has been appointed Group HR Director of Vion per 3 September 2018. Over the last 22 years Binne Visser has built a broad experience working in management roles in human resource management. He previously was HR Director at Kramp Groep, a supplier in the agricultural industry, and worked for ForFarmers.

Bernd Stange – COO Beef

1960, German nationality

Member of the executive committee

Since 1 April 2014, Bernd Stange is appointed as COO Beef at Vion. Bernd Stange has been managing director of the business unit Fresh Meat Germany and the business unit Pork and Beef since 2013. He joined Vion in 2000, starting as managing director at A. Moksel. In 2006 he was responsible for the business unit Fresh Meat North before moving to the business unit Fresh Meat South.

Bernd Stange has worked in the meat sector throughout his professional career and has built up a deep knowledge of the sector and experience at management level.

Bernd Stark – COO Food Service

1958, German nationality

Member of the executive committee

Bernd Stark has been appointed COO Food Service as per 1 April 2014. Bernd Stark has been working at Vion since 2005, beginning as director at Salomon Hitburger. In 2011, he became the managing director of Salomon FoodWorld. Since 2012, he has been the managing director of the division Food Service in Germany. He previously was marketing director at Nestlé Schöller and additionally for the Mövenpick brand.

Bernd Stark is highly competent and his knowledge and expertise are of great value for the Food Service division.

Frans Stortelder – COO Pork

1959, Dutch nationality

Member of the executive committee

Since 8 March 2015, Frans Stortelder has been COO Pork at Vion. Frans Stortelder has a wide experience and excellent track record within the meat sector. He has been managing director of SturkoMeat Group, CEO of Vion’s predecessor Dumeco, managing director at Jutland Meat and has done several consulting programmes at EMAPlus for, among others, Sara Lee Foods and Groupe Smithfield.

Supervisory board

The supervisory board of Vion has the following members: Sipko Schat (chairman), Hans Huijbers (vice-chairman), Marieke Bax, Tom Heidman, Theo Koekkoek and Ton van der Laan.

S.N. (Sipko) Schat

1960, Dutch nationality
Chairman

Former functions:
Member executive board Rabobank Nederland and director Stichting Administratiekantoor SBT (shareholder of Vion).

Main other positions:
Member supervisory board OCI N.V., Rothschild & Co, Rothschild Bank AG, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd and chairman supervisory board VanWonen Holding B.V..

J.A.M. (Hans) Huijbers

1959, Dutch nationality
Vice-chairman

Function:
Agricultural entrepreneur


Main other positions:
Chairman Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (ZLTO), member board LTO Nederland, chairman steering committee Agricultural Innovation Noord-Brabant, member governing board food, farming and agriculture University of Tilburg, chairman advisory board HAS Den Bosch, member board Agriplace, member advisory board Staatsbosbeheer and member board council animal affairs.

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:
Board member Euroclear (audit- and risk committee), member supervisory board VastNed Retail (chairman remuneration and appointment committee), member board CLSA B.V. and member advisory board Fonds Podiumkunsten.

T. (Tom) Heidman

1959, Dutch nationality

Former functions:
CEO C1000 and Retail Network, operational and commercial director Albert Heijn, director Gall&Gall and interim-CEO Vion (26 January 2015 until 1 September 2015).

 

Main other positions:
Member supervisory board Euroma, Vermaat Groep, Remia and The European Candy Group and senior advisor Roland Berger.

T.P. (Theo) Koekkoek

1971, Dutch nationality

Function:
Agricultural entrepreneur


Main other positions:
Chairman board Agrifirm U.A., various functions Rabobank, among which chairman supervisory board Rabobank Altena, member board CDA, member advisory board Stichting Achmea Rechtsbijstand and member supervisory board Maatschappij van Welstand.

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:
Member supervisory board of Royal De Heus, member supervisory board Dümmen Orange and vice-chairman supervisory board Rainbow Alliance.

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 Tom Heidman (chairman), Hans Huijbers, Ton van der Laan and Sipko Schat. The members of the audit committee are Marieke Bax (chairman) and Theo Koekkoek.

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.

Annual report

Download our annual report here.

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