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Emsland News 2023/24

The new issue of Emsland News is online!

Take a look at the news and read exciting articles from the sections Business & Investments, Raw Materials, Sustainability, Innovation, Employees, Apprentices & Trainees, Local Engagement and Milestones.


At the beginning of 2024, Emsland-Service-GmbH, a company of the Emsland Group, celebrated the graduation of six former apprentices. Rene Stroeve, Lukas Leferink, Fynn Geerds (Electronics Technician), Joss Hemme (Mechatronics Technician), Leon Klok and Waqas Amjad (Industrial Mechanic) successfully completed their training at Emsland-Service-GmbH.

Once the official handover of the certificates took place, the newly qualified specialists were at an internal ceremony by their department heads; Electronics and Mechatronics Technician Trainer, Herbert Ekelhoff; Training Manager, Uwe Plass; Works Council Chairman, Stephan Agnes; and the Managing Director of Emsland-Service-GmbH, Dr. Martin Grüne.

f. l.: Leon Klok, Lukas Leferink, Rene Stroeve, Fynn Geerds, Joss Hemme, Waqas Amjad

Together with the former apprentices, the colleagues looked back at the past three years and shared fond memories and personal stories. Uwe Plass explained the historical context of such a ceremony: It is a custom that dates back to the 16th century within the skilled trades. By being “absolved,” the apprentice was released from all obligations to his master and declared a “journeyman.” After the apprenticeship, the person was “released” or “absolved” and could move on.

Of course, we want our newly coined “journeymen” to stay, because the Emsland Group needs trained specialists like these men, and offers plenty of opportunities for further development in their respective professions, emphasized Dr. Martin Grüne.

The former apprentices were praised above all for their high level of commitment, their motivation and their courteous manner. The examination results speak for themselves — all apprentices passed their exams with excellence. Lukas Leferink was even one of the best exam takers in the district.

A highlight of the training was taking part in a photo competition organized by the Osnabrück – Emsland – Grafschaft Bentheim Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Industrial Employers’ Association (IAV), in which the apprentices came in second place. The group won 300 euros in prize money, which they will use towards team-building activities.

The Emsland Group is delighted that all six “journeymen” will remain with Emsland-Service GmbH as colleagues and valuable employees into the future.

We wish them all the best!

Investment in New Potato Flake Factory in Emlichheim

The Emsland Group presents its plan to expand potato flake production in Emlichheim. The company is planning total investments in the mid double-digit million range.

The Emsland Group has been successfully producing potato flakes since the year 2000. As the current market leader in the dehydrated potato sector, the company plays an important role in the food industry. In order to meet the increasing demand for year-round high quality potato flakes while maintaining and expanding market position, the Emlichheim site will increase production capacity. With the highest focus being on sustainable production methods, the additional production line will include new roller dryers and new facilities for potato washing, peeling, grinding and bagging. The investment will more than double the potato flake production in Emlichheim, enabling the Emsland Group and its customers in food segments – such as snacks and potato products – to grow together in not only quantity but also in quality.

The project kick-off took place at the beginning of January 2024. Commissioning of the production line is planned for the start of the 2027 potato campaign.

Echt vom Feld at the Green Week in Berlin

Our colleagues from Mecklenburger Kartoffelveredlung, a company of the Emsland Group, are currently at the ‘Green Week’ in Berlin presenting the new “Echt vom Feld” (Genuine From the Field) brand. With Manuela Schwesig, Minister President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Till Backhaus, Minister for Climate Protection, Agriculture, Rural Areas and the Environment of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, we have already welcomed two special guests to our stand. The two German Parliament members praised the Emsland Group’s commitment to the Hagenow location and even helped serve taste-testers of our mashed potatoes to visitors of the stand.

The new products have been well received and the story behind the new brand has been met with a positive response. So far, the visitors particularly liked the fact that the farmers who supply the potatoes to our plant are also the owners of the company — delivering the raw materials directly from the fields to their own factories for processing. The passion for the potato and the love for the region are both reflected in the taste of the products.

Through Sunday, you can visit us at our stand #2B in hall #5.2B, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Hall, to experience exciting discussions taste delicious products. Don’t miss out on our giveaway, a voucher from “Echt vom Feld,” free products and a great surprise gift — Be sure to visit the Echt vom Feld Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest pages for more information.

Find out more about the new brand at

New partnership in the area of technical specialties

The Emsland Group announces a new distribution partnership with Azelis, a global innovative solutions provider, for the Coatings, Adhesive & Sealants (C.A.S.E.) sector starting 1 January 2024.

Thanks to their strong customer base and wide portfolio in this segment, Azelis is ideally equipped to aid in the distribution of Emsland Group products in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Denmark and Norway. With this new partnership, the Emsland Group looks to strengthen our commitment to delivering high-quality products and excellent service.

For more information about our products and the regions we serve, please visit our contact page.

SCU Volleyball x Emsland Group pt. 3

Volunteering is one of the ways you can get involved in your community outside of work — it can be time-consuming but also a lot of fun.
Heinz-Jürgen Masselink is one of the Emsland Group employees who volunteers for his local sports club, SC Union Emlichheim Volleyball. In this video, Heinz-Jürgen gives insight into his job as a production planner at Emsland-Stärke GmbH and explains how his voluntary work is integrated into his free time.

Film: Christian Bardenhorst & Hinnerk Schröer

Emsland Group joins Science Based Targets initiative

The Emsland Group has joined the Science Based Targets initiative and is committed to developing science-based emissions targets over the next two years in order to achieve the 1.5 degree and net-zero 2050 climate targets. Our aim is to achieve the second target even before then.

The SBTi provides a comprehensive guide on how companies can develop and submit their emissions targets. It also includes information on the respective criteria that must be adhered to when developing the targets so that they can be verified as “science-based”.

With our commitment to the SBTi, we are sending a clear signal for climate protection.

The Emsland Group can be found on the SBTi website alongside all other companies that have also made a commitment or already have validated targets:

New distribution partnership with Alinda Velco S.A. Group

The Emsland Group announces a new distribution partnership with Alinda Velco S.A. Group in order to serve our customers in the region Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania.

Starting January 1st, 2024, Alinda Velco S.A. Group, will be taking over the distribution of our products in the above mentioned region for the food sector. We are confident that this transition will not only maintain, but also build upon the solid foundation laid by our previous agency.

With the Alinda Velco S.A. Group we are convinced that we have found a partner who can support our customer base in the above mentioned region, by providing not only efficient logistic and market development support, but also further strengthen our commitment to delivering high-quality products and excellent service.

We look forward in continuing this journey with you through our new partnership with the Alinda Velco S.A. Group!

Contact Information:

Greece & Cyprus: Alexandros Zakinthinos & Christine Kolotourou

Romania & Bulgaria: George Kypreos

Fresh wind from the north

Mecklenburger Kartoffelveredlung GmbH is presenting a completely new and own brand concept at Anuga 2023, which has a national focus. With this major step, the Mecklenburg company wants to completely revitalize its range of dried potato products and, in addition to a fresh, modern design, focus more strongly on its own corporate culture. From the results of market research, it became clear that customers want regional products, which at best come directly from the farmer. The Emsland Group has a unique position here, as the potatoes come from the farmers who also own the processing factories. The added value thus begins in the field and remains with the farmer until the finished product. This also explains the brand name “Echt vom Feld” (“Genuine from the Field”), which, according to Christian Kemper, Managing Director for Sales and Marketing in the Emsland Group, describes the story behind the products very well in three words. This is also very well received by retailers, who can view the concept at Anuga. The first visitors were very interested and rated the new brand concept very positively.

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