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Reorganisation on plan - results stable

Preliminary figures for the DMK Group

Bremen – WEBWIRE

CEO Ingo Müller: “We have completely restructured and stabilised a complex company with many branches in just two years. Pure suppliers of products are interchangeable; we have to and will continue to think about the customers.”

The DMK Group, the biggest German dairy cooperative, and one of the biggest suppliers to the German food retail industry, is continuing to build the DMK of the future: The dairy company’s realignment towards being a clear customer and consumer-based food producer, which was started in the summer of 2017, is reflected in the stable figures for the past fiscal year.

Based on the preliminary figures, total revenue in 2018 of EUR 5.6 billion remained at almost the same level as the previous year (2017: EUR 5.8 billion) and earnings slightly improved, at EUR 30.6 million (2017: EUR 29.6 million).

Ingo Müller, CEO of the DMK Group: “We have completely restructured a complex company with many branches in just two years. Based on this, we are now starting to restructure market development accordingly - price margin before quantity. This is an extremely ambitious plan for a company of our size, where we are fully on target in terms of implementation.”

Looking at the six business fields, Müller is already looking at completed construction sites, but also more areas of activity. Two strong business units, Private Label and Brand, focussed on ‘added value’ last year and successfully contributed to earnings accordingly. The business unit of Ice Cream, which was loss-making in 2017, is back on track and should be back in the black in 2019, according to DMK. At the start of the year, after a three-year construction period, the business unit of Baby Food successfully commenced activities at the new location in Strückhausen (Lower Saxony) and the supplementary food brand Alete was acquired at the end of March; all start-up measures should be completed in the Baby unit by the end of the year. The B2B business unit of Industry faced the big challenge of market volatility in the area of whey and powder in 2018. The International business area focused increasingly on key regions, which should be a key activity in 2019 as well.

Müller: “With all of these necessary, far-reaching changes and the investments that move us forward in the medium-term and the long-term - you have to have the necessary staying power. And we have just that because of our size.”

After stabilising the new organization in six business units, DMK has also been looking ahead: “We have to continue to think more about the customer. Pure suppliers of products are interchangeable. Things are happening on the demand side of things, which is where we are able to distinguish ourselves from the competition. And that’s where we have the opportunity to add more value. This is how we want to create a sustainable competitive advantage over competitors who are still really thinking purely in terms of products, which has previously been the norm for the dairy industry,” Müller says. “We will continue to emotionalize ourselves and our brands and shed the sobriety of the past. It’s going to be a long journey that we’ll have to do quickly, but paths are made by walking.”

The company plans to announce detailed results and release a further outlook on corporate restructuring in connection with the representatives’ assembly, which takes place in mid-June.

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