Roelof Joosten


Roelof Joosten (1958) is CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. since 2015. He has been a member of the FrieslandCampina Executive Board since 2012 and served as COO of FrieslandCampina’s Ingredients business group. He joined the company in 2004. Prior to being appointed to the EB, he was Managing Director of infant nutrition company FrieslandCampina Domo. From 1998-2004 he worked for Quest International (ICI). Before that, Joosten was employed at Unilever.

Joosten is currently also Chairman of NZO (Dutch Dairy Association). Joosten is a chemical technology engineer from University of Groningen. He took various post-graduate courses a.o. at Harvard University (USA).



Closing the dairy cycle

A successful breakthrough in the upscaling of the circular process depends on the fruitful multi-stakeholder cooperation between farmers, utility and waste management companies, dairy producers, technology providers, government bodies on a national and regional level. Roelof Joosten will explain in his speech that turning the circular
process in the dairy chain into a success requires an innovative approach, long-term efforts and awareness from everyone involved in the dairy chain.

FrieslandCampina aims for Climate-Neutral growth. Generation of renewable energy also helps to reduce CO2 emissions. Besides wind and solar energy, the production of biogas by means of manure mono fermentation at farms, is another option. Additionally, manure fermentation also reduces the methane emissions. Currently, FrieslandCampina is building the first dairy plant that will partly run on biogas from manure from its own farmers.

In 2015 FrieslandCampina updated its route2020 strategy in order to be able to better anticipate the rapid changes in the world and in dairy farming. With this update, FrieslandCampina formulated its purpose statement: nourishing by nature – better nutrition for the world, a good income for our farmers now and for generations to come. It gives guidance to the people involved and the operating processes throughout the entire chain. Sustainability is an important precondition for long-term business continuity. That is why it has been fully integrated into the strategy.

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