Over the years, together with the FrieslandCampina employees, the member dairy farmers have built an international dairy company that now spans the world

In late December 2008 FrieslandCampina is founded on two great Dutch dairy companies: Friesland Foods and Campina, which developed along similar lines in the 19th and 20th centuries.


It all began in the 1871 when farmers join forces in local cooperative dairy factories. One of the reasons for doing so, was the lack of refrigeration. The farmers had to work together to deliver the milk quickly to their customers. Another reason to join forces was to gain more power in the market.

Many of these farms from the 19th century are still with us today, and their farmers are just as firmly anchored in their regions and local communities as were their ancestors. Over the years, together with our FrieslandCampina employees, the member dairy farmers have built an international dairy company that now spans the world.

Our roots

FrieslandCampina has deep roots in the culture and commerce of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. We are a global company, but with a focus on local communities and customers. And not just in Europe, but also in many countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, in some of these countries for more than 80 years. Our farms, factories and products have long been a part of daily life in many countries across the globe.

Friesland and Campina

The name FrieslandCampina reflects our rich history. Friesland is a region in the north of the Netherlands known for its green meadows, blue skies, many lakes and splendid Frisian dairy herds. Campina is a wooded region of grasslands and meadows in the south of the Netherlands, so named by the Romans more than 2000 years ago.

Regional cooperatives during the 20th century

Later, local dairy factories merge into regional dairy factories. These smaller cooperatives begin joining together in the 1960s, creating the first big national Dutch brands.

  • DOMO, now one of our main ingredients brands, served the Northern provinces Groningen and Drenthe.
  • Coberco covered Gelderland and Overijssel in the East of the country.
  • In the west of the Netherlands, several cooperatives merged into Melkunie Holland in 1979. Melkunie Holland also acquired several privately owned dairy companies. 1979 is also the year that DMV Campina is established in the South.
  • DMV Campina and Melkunie Holland merge into Campina Melkunie in 1989.
  • In 1997 four major cooperatives in the north and east of the Netherlands merge to create Friesland Coberco, which later becomes Friesland Foods.
  • In 2001, Campina merged with the Milchwerke Köln/Wuppertal cooperative from Cologne, Germany and the De Verbroedering cooperative from the Antwerp region of Belgium.
  • In December 2007, Friesland Foods and Campina announce their intentions to merge. One year later, in December 2008, we receive the approval of the European competition authorities to become FrieslandCampina.