On January 25, 2017, over 300 shareholders gathered in Meppen for this year’s annual general meeting of the holding company Emsland-Stärke AG.
The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Mr. Gebhardt Bakker, opened the 14th annual general meeting and expressed his gratitude to the shareholders for their trust in the company. The annual report for 2015/2016 made it clear that the group had concluded a positive financial year.
During the course of the event, Mr. Udo Hinkelmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of the holding company Emsland-Stärke AG, presented more detailed information on the annual financial statement and the approved consolidated financial statements from June 30, 2016. The actions of the members of the Executive Board and those of the Supervisory Board were approved. This was followed by the election of Gerd Deuling as the new member of the corporation’s Supervisory Board; he will assume the tasks of Mr. Hermann Vortherms. The auditor for the fiscal year 2016/2017 was then also elected. Mr. Vortherms took over the chairmanship of the Emsland-Stärke GmbH Supervisory Board.
At the beginning of February, the main developments of the group were presented by the Executive Board and management at producer meetings in Wietzendorf, Wittingen, Golßen, Kyritz and Hagenow. Mr. Bakker, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Emsland-Stärke AG, also attended the meetings so that the producers could address emerging issues to all committees. Overall, the events were a success and had a very positive, trusting atmosphere.
The general thrust of the events was to request that the producers expand contract farming for the group based on the good market situation.