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GOAT’S MILK OF EXCELLENT QUALITY
Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren is the binding factor between some twenty goat companies and internationally operating dairy companies. For 15 years, we have ensured a well-organised, transparent chain of high-quality goat dairy products.
WHY CHOOSE MELKWEG AARTS & VAN HAAREN?
Top quality goat dairy
Milk fresh from the farm
Guaranteed quality assurance of the supply chain
Strategic cooperation with suppliers and customers
Delivery of smaller quantities of milk and full loads
Our core business is supplying goat’s milk fresh from the farm to internationally operating dairy companies. This milk is of high quality and is processed into cheese, drinking milk and milk powder. Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren is the connecting factor in the value chain of goat dairy products. Our success factor is entering into and strengthening a strategic partnership with both suppliers and customers.
The founders of Melkweg are Bennie Aarts and Emiel Van Haaren. At the time, they were looking for a better outlet for the milk from their own goat farms. Now, together with dedicated experts, they ensure the smooth running of the daily business. The back office takes care of quality assurance, track & trace, administration and controlling, planning, transport and marketing.
FRESH FROM THE FARM
Our transparent chain of goat dairy products starts at our almost 20 affiliated goat farms, all of which can be visited. One is located in Germany and the other farms are located in different regions of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is known for its long and solid tradition in dairy production.
The goats on these farms are carefully cared for by qualified farmers whose passion it is to make a good and healthy product. The farmers mainly use white milk goats of the Saanen breed. Together the affiliated farms account for approximately 32 million litres of milk a year, produced by a total of 30,000 goats. Melkweg collects fresh goat’s milk from the farms on a daily basis.
TOP QUALITY DAIRY PRODUCTS
The purchasers of the farm-fresh goat’s milk are mainly internationally operating dairy processors, based in the Netherlands, France and Germany. We supply fresh, healthy, raw goat’s milk of excellent quality without intermediate storage directly to the customer. The dairy producers turn it into cheese, drinking milk and milk powder. The high-quality end products find their way all the way to consumers in Asia and Oceania.
We supply both smaller quantities (from 10,000 litres per delivery) and full loads, depending on our customer’s demand. Our logistics system is set up in such a way that we are flexible in terms of the volume to be delivered and the desired time of delivery. For example, we can deliver a specific volume on a specific production day. We offer security of raw materials, so that growth ambitions can be realised. We can fulfil these and other wishes in mutual consultation. In our cooperation we strive for value creation in the dairy chain, for the long term.
QUALITY BEGINS WITH THE GOAT
QUALITY ASSURANCE OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Fresh milk is collected daily from the goat farms. Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren has set up a partnership with Germo Logistiek for this purpose. This company specialises in RMO (Rijdende MelkOntvangst, milk collection vehicle) transport and works exclusively with certified drivers. These drivers have an eye for the hygiene around the collection of the milk and they work according to strict protocols for cleaning and sampling, for example.
The COKZ, the Dutch control authority for milk and milk products, provides assurance on the safety and quality of dairy products produced in the Netherlands. Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren and the affiliated goat farmers are supervised by the COKZ (including EU hygiene guidelines)
The RMO driver takes a milk sample for each milk intake. This sample goes to Qlip for inspection. The goat’s milk is examined for composition (fat, protein, lactose and urea levels) and quality (cell count, germ count, butyric acid and cleanliness).
Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren was the first supplier of certified non-GMO milk in the Netherlands. Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren has been supplying non-GMO milk since 2016. Non-GMO means that no genetically modified raw materials were used in the feed for the production of the milk. Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren is VLOG certified (Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik).
QUALITY OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren is a member of NGZO, the trade organisation for Dutch-based collectors and processors of goat’s milk. All farms affiliated to Melkweg participate in KwaliGeit, the NGZO’s chain quality assurance system.
KwaliGeit takes care of quality assurance concerning all relevant parts of the operational management. Think, for example, of safeguarding animal health (Dutch dairy cattle are known for their good health), the quality of feed and water as well as quality assurance during milk production and cooling. The quality assurance system is in line with EU hygiene regulations.
Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren supports Heifer’s work with an annual donation. Heifer works together with poor small-scale farmers and their families and supports them to bridge the gap between poverty, food security and a living income while taking care of the environment. For example, Melkweg supported poor farming families in Africa whom received goats in the form of a living loan. More information can be found here: www.heifer.nl/en
Melkweg Aarts & Van Haaren BV
Slobeendweg 9, 5725 BJ Heusden
(municipality Asten), Nederland
Emiel +31 620 018 299
(purchase and sale, planning and finance)
Bennie +31 655 796 417
(purchase and sale, quality)