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Industry Agriculture
Founded 1919
Headquarters Veendam, the Netherlands
Products Starch, starch derivatives, protein
Revenue € 574 miljoen (2009-2010)
Number of employees
Website http://www.avebe.com/

Coordinates: 53°06′24″N 6°52′17″E / 53.10675°N 6.87130°E / 53.10675; 6.87130 The cooperative AVEBE U.A. (abbreviation of Aardappelmeel Verkoop Bureau) is an international Dutch starch manufacturer located in the north of the Netherlands and produces starch products based on potato starch and potato protein for use in food, animal feed, paper, construction, textiles and adhesives.

About 2500 farmers are member of AVEBE. The cooperation is divided into six districts (two in Germany and four in the Netherlands). AVEBE starch factories in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden processes about 3 million tons in potatoes.


The history of AVEBE is strongly connected with the history of the province Groningen, the many privately owned starch manufacturers in the area and the former starch company KSH (Royal Scholten-Honig) founded by Willem Albert Scholten in 1841, the first Dutch multinational.

The name AVEBE is derived from the Dutch words Aardappelmeel Verkoop Bureau (Potato Flour Sales Office) (AVB). The cooperative was founded in 1919 as a cooperative partnership between different potato starch manufacturers located in the province Groningen owned by potato farmers to ensure good market prices for their native starch. The farmer cooperatives successfully pushed the privately owned starch companies away from native starch into the production of starch derivatives. In 1948 the cooperation became one company and the name was changed to AVEBE. In 1956, the first derivatives were produced. In 1978, after bankruptcy of Scholten, forward integration of the potato starch industry in the Groningen was finalized as AVEBE took over a large part of the Scholten company. KSH was the last privately owned potato starch company left over in the Netherlands.

AVEBE is now worldwide the largest producer of potato starch and potato starch derivatives.

Recent developments[edit]

After further expanding in the 1980s and 90s the potato starch business in Germany and also expanding to other starch sources as wheat and tapioca, AVEBE farmers cooperative has reorganized its activities since 2006 again around the potato crop. AVEBE produces since 2005 a GMO-free amylopectin waxy potato starch (ELIANE) and is investing in a new refining technique to produce native potato protein (SOLANIC) for food applications. In 2007 AVEBE and National Starch Food Innovation entered into an alliance for developing potato starch derivatives outside Europe. Also in 2007 DSM Food Specialties and AVEBE started an alliance to develop a new enzymatically modifying starch technology (ETENIA).

External links[edit]

  • D. Strijker,Globalization of a potato starch co-operative: the case of AVEBE. In: P.H. Pellenbarg and E. Wever (eds)., International business geography. Routledge, London and New York, 2008, pp. 169–185. [1]
  • Dorien Knaap, Summary of dissertation, The W.A. Scholtencompany: the first Dutch industrial multinational, University of Groningen, 2004 [2]
  • Press release alliance National starch and AVEBE, National Starch Food Innovation, July 2007 [3]
  • Press release partnership DSM and AVEBE, September 2007 [4]