Joined forces

On Monday 11 June 2018, the shareholders of Foppen Groep B.V. in Harderwijk and Klaas Puul Beheer B.V. in Volendam reached an agreement on a merger between the two companies. Both
Foppen and Klaas Puul are renowned companies in the salmon and shrimp processing branch and have a long history as family-owned businesses in the food processing industry. This year, the organisations, respectively, celebrate their 100-year and 50-year anniversaries.

The current management teams of Foppen and Klaas Puul will be in charge of the new combination, led by CEO André van de Padt. “The merger of these two wonderful organisations will provide us with a stronger market position and it allows us to serve our clients even better. By applying and implementing all our expertise and experience into our processes, we can respond even better to the market requirements and opportunities”, says Van der Padt.

“Merging with Klaas Puul gives us a stronger innovative capacity and access to a diverse range of products on the global market. This way, we will be able to offer our clients high-quality salmon and shrimp products, now and in the future, whereby the highest standard in food safety and a consistent production quality are the number one priorities”, says Jan Foppen.

Sander van den Berg, CEO of Klaas Puul: “Our new production facilities for the processing of shrimps in Volendam and Edam offer the combination of flexibility and additional production capacity which will, in turn, create scope for a further development of our product and client portfolio on both a national and international level”.

The management boards expect to finalise the merger completely in August 2018, subject to the approval of the works council of Klaas Puul and the Authority for Consumers & Markets, and to continue under the name ‘Dutch Seafood Company’. All employees, clients, and stakeholders have now been informed about this intended decision.


Foppen is a leading salmon smoker with headquarters in Harderwijk and production sites in the Netherlands and Greece. The company was founded in 1918 and over the past 100 years the Foppen family has overseen its successful expansion. Foppen is known for its innovations, high product quality and front-runner position in the USA. In 2017 the company generated sales of approx. €150 million. For more information, please visit:

Klaas Puul

Klaas Puul is a leading shrimp processor with headquarters in Volendam, the Netherlands and production sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Morocco. The company was founded in 1968 and over the past 50 years the Mooijer family has overseen its successful expansion. In 2016, H2 Equity Partners invested in Klaas Puul which allowed the company to build new state-of-the-art production facilities. Klaas Puul is known for its high-quality products, broad product range, and excellent service levels. In 2017, the company generated sales of almost €175 million. For more information, please visit: