MVO - the association

MVO - the Netherlands oils and fats Industry, was established in 2013 by companies from the vegetable oils and animal fat industry. MVO is an association that covers the entire chain of fats and oils companies and that serves the interests of the sector. The association originated from the Margarine, Fats and Oils Product Board, which was abolished by law on 1 January 2015. There are fourteen members on this board who together look at the common interest of members and partners. Members and partners are companies in the oils and fats chain. For a complete list of members click here.

MVO stands up for the common interests of the Dutch oils and fats industry and is committed to making the industry more sustainable and strengthening the international competitive position of the sector. MVO is the spokesperson of its member companies.

Together with our members, MVO stands for a modern industry that is internationally active, competitive, transparent, safe, sustainable and innovative. MVO represents 95% of the businesses in the Netherlands that are active in vegetable and animal oils and fats.

The companies that are included are:

  • Oilseed processors
  • Producers of animal fat
  • Companies that refine and adept oils and fats
  • Traders in oilseeds, oils and fats
  • Fat Breeders
  • Storage companies and specialised transport companies
  • Companies that process oils and fats in food, feed, oleochemistry, biofuel or other bio-based products
  • The chain also includes companies that provide services such as laboratories, surveyors, knowledge institutions and consultancies.

MVO works together with national, European and international (branch) organisations. We stand up for the common interests of our members and is committed to strengthening the international competitive position of the sector and making the chain of oils and fats more sustainable.


Platform and consultation

MVO is an platform for producers, importers, processors and buyers, but also for consultation with the government and social organisations. Our priority topics are  quality & food safety, sustainable development , trade policy and biotechnology and nutrition & health.


Food and Feed Safety

MVO stimulates food safety throughout the industry. MVO takes the initiative, consults with various parties and the government and is a source of information in this area. This includes legislation and regulations regarding the use of pesticides, contaminants and transport and animal fat. Quality policy, training and knowledge sharing are also important points for attention within this theme. See also: the Food and Feed Safety section on the MVO website.


MVO participates in international consultations between companies, governments and NGOs to increase the sustainability of production and distribution. We particularly focus on the sustainable sourcing of oils and fats, biorefining and the use of renewable raw materials for the production of food, feed, materials and energy. MVO also pays a lot of attention to topics such as process innovation and sustainable business operations, including energy efficiency. MVO collects, analyses and publishes information related to biofuels, participates in platforms and conferences and represents sector positions in consultation with governments and other bodies. See also: the Sustainability section on the MVO website.

Nutrition & Health

MVO follows developments in National and European legislation and regulations, food policy and science. Important themes include NutriScore, product reformulation, vitamin enrichment, fatty acid composition and labelling. MVO provides information to specific target groups such as dietitians (newsletter Ter Perse) catering entrepreneurs (campaign 'Verantwoord Frituren'), and school kids (education programme ‘Smaaklessen’). See also: the Nutrition and Health section on the MVO website.

Trade Policy and Biotechnology

Given their global playing field, our member companies have a strong interest in an unrestricted import of raw materials to the European Union, the abolition of export duties and barriers, and trade liberalisation. MVO advocates for these interests, informs companies and contributes to the social debate about WTO matters, free trade agreements, preferential arrangements and autonomous tariff measures. MVO provides companies, government and politicians with trade information and statistics. Additionally MVO also informs its members on EU policy on biotechnology. See also: the Trade Policy section on the MVO website.

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