Resource and sparring partner for cooperatives



CO-OP Champions is a Netherlands based, specialized cooperative research and advisory institute promoting learning & leadership among cooperatives. Our database covers some 800 in food and agribusiness worldwide and 3000 cooperatives in our home market, the Netherlands.    

Many cooperatives struggle to preserve member ownership as their businesses continue to grow. Just to illustrate this with the ‘onslaught’ in Australia since 2007: Tatura, Sunbeam, Dairy Farmers Group, Golden Circle, ABB Grain, AWB, and Bega - once cooperatives of some sort, for different reasons they have all fallen into the hands of (foreign) investors. On 31 May 2011, SunRice just escaped, but for how long? And which one’s next - one doesn’t dare asking. Is Fonterra going to retain “100% farmer ownership and control”, following the introduction of its Trading Among Farmers scheme in November 2012?

We believe farmers should really think about building up their strategic postion in the food chain. You might not want to sell out now and lose the race of worldwide industry ...

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CO-OP Champions

Dr. Onno F. van Bekkum

Cooperative Strategist & CEO

Van Herlaerstraat 1

5324 EA Ammerzoden

The Netherlands

Mobile: +31 (0)6-3614 5231



Recent posts (EN):

Event: Case study: “Farmer Buy-out of Glanbia”
1 September 2011

Nyenrode Executive MBA Food & Finance,

Module on Cooperative Entrepreneurship

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Event: Case study: “FrieslandCampina to Go Global?”
9 September 2011

Nyenrode Executive MBA Food & Finance,

Module on Cooperative Entrepreneurship

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Article: “Window of Opportunity for Dairy Ireland”
3 September 2011

Published in: Irish Farmers Journal   

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Article: “Strategic Moves in World Dairy Industry”
1 December 2011

Published in: BoerenBusiness (in Dutch)   

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Ranking: European Agribusiness Cooperative Top 100
3 May 2012

Published in: NCR Magazine “Coöperatie+”

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Study: “NL Cooperative Footprint & Co-op Top 100” 
3 May 2012
Published in: NCR Magazine “Coöperatie+” (in Dutch)
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Commissioned Report:  Fonterra Farmers’ Second Vote on TAF”
18 June 2012

With PDF links to the report and various news articles

Presentation “European Agri Co-op Top-20: Strategies, structures & Internationalization”
22 November 2012, Swedish Cooperative Seminar

With slides and PDF handout