Dairy company Ausnutria once again shows good results in the first half of 2019. With a revenue growth of 22 percent compared to the first half of 2018, revenue increased to € 403.3 million. The increasing sales of its own brands of infant and toddler nutrition based on both cow and goat milk contribute significantly to this growth. This also increases the gross profit margin to 52.1 percent and the net profit (from operating activities) of the company for the first half of 2019 amounted to € 55.7 million. An increase of 63.8 percent compared to the first half of 2018.
Growing sales of own brands
The worldwide demand for its own brand Kabrita infant nutrition based on goat's milk continues to grow. Sales of these goat milk products increased by 45.3 percent in the first half of 2019 to € 169 million compared to the first half of 2018. In China, Ausnutria's market share in the goat milk bottle feeding segment even increased to 64 percent. The sale of its own brands of infant formula based on cow's milk also resulted in a growth of 20.7 percent to € 180.7 million.
For the sale of its Dutch brands Kabrita infant formula based on goat's milk and Neolac organic infant formula based on cow's milk, Ausnutria works worldwide with its local sales offices and distributors who are responsible for selling these products in their market in close cooperation with the Dutch headquarters. In the first half of 2019, Ausnutria expanded its network with new distribution partners in South Korea and Thailand. Ausnutria has local sales offices in Brazil, the United States, Russia, the Middle East, Europe and China. At the beginning of this year, Ausnutria started a new sales office in Mexico.
The shift in its product portfolio to own brands of infant nutrition continues in the first half year of 2019. Ausnutria has chosen to use more of its production capacity for the production of its own infant formula brands. The decrease in sales of private label products for other global customers in the first half of 2019 is the result of a reorientation. Custom made private label products remain a spearhead of the organization's policy.
The Dutch company contributes significantly to the results of the Ausnutria group. The organization is investing in its production locations in Ommen, Kampen, Leeuwarden and Heerenveen in order to continue to meet the growing demand and requirements from the international market in the future. Bart van der Meer, CEO Ausnutria B.V.: “In addition to the daily operation, we are working on a number of large projects. There are interesting collaborations and investments planned that will further strengthen Ausnutria's position as an innovative & key player in infant and toddler nutrition. The future expansion of our production location in Heerenveen plays an important role in these plans.” The organization expects to be able to share more news about this in October 2019.