Martijn van Steenpaal
I work as Treasury Manager for VION Food Group. VION Food Group, headquartered in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), is a global food company that produces high quality foodstuffs and ingredients for people and animals. We specialise in fresh meat, processed meat, frozen vegetables and vegetarian products, as well as ready-to-cook meals and convenience food. We also produce the best possible ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical markets. VION Food Group employs over 27,000 staff worldwide and its annual turnover is € 9.0bn. This has made VION one of the leading companies in the Netherlands and a major global food company. Its head office provides support to its operating divisions. Together with the management of the various branches, the head office develops the corporate strategy and creates the preconditions to enable all branches to generate optimum business returns. As part of my role, I am responsible for cash management for the company.
I am from Royal Cosun, one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the Netherlands. It is owned by some 10,000 sugar beet farmers in the Netherlands, and has a turnover of a little less than €2bn. The business comprises three parts: Suiker Unie, which is the sole producer of sugar in the Netherlands with a total European market share of around 8%; secondly, Aviko potato products, including French fries and speciality potato products. The third part is more varied, involving natural food ingredients. Our treasury is quite small, with two and a half FTE. My primary role is running a full service front office, which includes cash management.