In honour of Avebe’s centenary, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander awarded the Royal Warrant. Today, at a festive symposium, the Royal Warrant was presented by René Paas, the King’s Commissioner in the Province of Groningen, to Chairman of the Board of Directors Bert Jansen.
The fact that Avebe received the Royal Warrant is a special event for the Provincial Executive of Groningen too. In his speech René Paas said “You are not the first cooperative to be awarded the Royal Warrant, as ten others went before you. However, Avebe is the first cooperative in Groningen to be given this honour.”
Bert Jansen referred to Avebe as a strong and healthy cooperative. “I’m proud to receive this Royal Warrant on behalf of the cooperative. The crown on one hundred years of working together.” Marijke Folkers-in ’t Hout, chair of the Supervisory Board, closed the symposium with the words “Royal Avebe, it is an honour for those who have worked hard to make Avebe stronger over the past one hundred years.”
100 years of connecting and innovation
On 11 November 1919, the deed of the potato-starch sales office the Coöperatief Aardappelmeel Verkoop Bureau (AVB) was signed. From that day, eleven cooperative potato-starch factories sold their potato starch together to ensure they could sell their products better and take a firm stand against the private trade. Over a period of one hundred years, Avebe has become the global leader in the area of potato starch and protein. However, the cooperative made its mark on more than just the market for potato starch and protein. By guaranteeing the continuity of starch-potato cultivation, offering members an attractive price, and by being an interesting and good employer who contributes to the continuity of employment, Avebe has made a relevant contribution to the development of the reclaimed peat areas.