According to research conducted by the National Cooperative Council (Nationale Coöperatieve Raad), with revenue of € 9.6 billion, FrieslandCampina is the largest agricultural cooperative in Europe. Eleven of the 100 largest farmer-led businesses in Europe are Dutch businesses. Only France (29) and Germany (15) have more cooperatives.
Cooperatives have huge economic significance. In the Netherlands alone, cooperatives have combined revenue of € 111 billion. By comparison: the 43 companies listed in Amsterdam had combined revenue of € 253 billion in 2010. Cooperatives are also of major significance in terms of employment: listed companies have a combined workforce of 884,285 employees and cooperatives approximately 166,000 employees.
Dairy is the largest sector in Europe, both in terms of cooperatives (33) and share of revenue (28%). The sector also has excellent growth figures, and that prior to the abolition of the milk quota system.
The report can be found by visiting www.jaarvandecooperatie.nl