DMK and its people
We are a company that has its roots in Germany. Milk is a natural product given to us more than 700,000 cows that live all over the Republic of Germany and without which we could not produce any milk or yoghurt, and neither curd nor cheese. However, the centre of DMK is our people: all those who make a contribution so that we can do business successfully and responsibly. We would like to introduce you to some of them.
“Today’s society is becoming more and more interested in how milk is produced. The implementation of high standards in the Milkmaster Programme is therefore a top priority for us dairy farmers. We have to explain authentically to the public how we live from our cows, with and for them!”
Amos Venema, Deutsches Milchkontor eG dairy farmer
Around 7,700 employees at more than 20 sites develop, plan, produce and market the product range of the DMK Group. Many of them have been with DMK for many years. Classic office jobs and a large number of hands-on tasks in the production facilities are performed daily by motivated and qualified staff members.The continuous and up-to-date training and professional development of DMK’s employees is and will remain essential to the future success and competitiveness of the organisation.
Our dairy farmers
“DMK has made it its mission to work as economically and sustainably as possible and thereby protect the interests of a wide range of stakeholders. That is also one of the concerns of the Council for the Future and Sustainability, of which I have been a member for several years. Where can we create value, achieve efficiency improvements and safeguard the future of the company and the members? The supreme objective of all considerations is competitive milk prices for the dairy farmers.”
Dagmar Bottenbruch, start-up investor, management consultant
6,841 dairy farmers and a further 37 contract suppliers – these are the farmers from whom DMK sourced its milk in 2017. It is processed and packaged as milk for the retail trade or made into other products such as ice cream, yoghurt, curd, cheese and milk powder. The dairy farmers work on their modern farms with a lot of dedication: the traditional day of a farmer in the dairy industry starts around five o'clock in the morning and is by no means finished after eight hours. For this reason, too, it is important to DMK to make sure the farmers' work pays!
The people in our environment
DMK is connected to a number of stakeholder groups: some of them are business partners, we work with others on projects and programmes, and many others support DMK with constructive criticism. All these people are important partners in DMK’s success and sustainability. We introduce some of them here.