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In the year 1854, Peter Nijsen became the tenant miller of the combined wind and water mill in the village of Leeuwen near Roermond. This unique mill, which was driven by both wind and water, was owned by his wife and was the last remaining corn and oil mill of its kind. When the miller and his wife passed away in 1897, their estate was divided up amongst their four children. A year later the brothers Andries and Sjang bought out their other siblings.

In 1938, Jacques Nijsen (Andries’s son) took over the control of a grinding mill located in Veulen which had previously belonged to Jeu de Rosmulder of the village of Geijsteren. This mill had been founded by de Rosmulder in 1933 and stood on the site where our feed mill plant stands today. The take-over price paid by Nijsen was 11,500 Dutch guilders. At that time the mill was powered by a diesel motor. The mill’s principle activity was the grinding of grains for farmers which they then used to feed their livestock.
There were developments in the late 1950s/early 1960s when the mill started to produce complete animal feeds. Up until that point these had been supplied to customers by the sack only. There was a shift away from farmers mixing feed themselves towards mixing at the mill.

1n 1970, Pierre Nijsen took over from his father. It was also around this time that bulk transport came to the fore and there was an increase in the pelletisation of products. In 1970, the company had five employees and was producing annual volumes of around 4,000 tons of animal feed. By 1980, turnover had increased to 16,000 tons per year and eight people were employed by Nijsen Mengvoeders.

It was more or less by accident that the company, known at the time as Nijsen Mengvoederbedrijf BV, started collecting and processing food surpluses in 1989. One of our sales representatives was approached by an acquaintance who worked in the foodstuff industry. The acquaintance wanted to know whether dough-based products could be processed into animal feeds. Once a careful analysis of the nutritional value of these products had been made, it was decided to carry out a trial. We have been processing primarily dough-based products from that day on. Special equipment for this purpose was developed in collaboration with machine builders. We concentrated on semi-liquid products, particularly in the early years. In addition to dough-based products, this also included pastries, flans and bread.

When, at the beginning of the 1990s, environmental legislation was tightened and HACCP standards were introduced in the Netherlands, there was an increasing demand from foodstuff manufacturers for a company to provide a professional and reliable collection and processing service. Nijsen/Granico came into contact with manufacturers of products such as biscuits and waffles mainly by word of mouth. Nijsen/Granico produces high-grade ingredients for animal feeds from the various products it now collects. In addition to dry or dried ingredients, we also manufacture wet feeds for pigs.

In 1996, the Heuvelmans feed mill business in Hout-Blerick was taken over.

In 2008, the current managing director, Martin Derks, took over from Pierre Nijsen. In 2011 Jack Nijsen, Pierre Nijsen’s son, was appointed to Nijsen/Granico BV’s board of directors. On his appointment he became the third generation of the Nijsen family to sit on the board of the company. The tasks and responsibilities of the board are now shared equally between the two directors.

Nijsen/Granico has now grown to become a dynamic company with two separate divisions: Feed and Food. The Feed division currently employs 30 people and there are 50 employees in the Food division. The construction of a new building for Nijsen/Granico’s Food division was completed in 2006, making the company ready for the future.
Our new campaign, “Appetisingly better”, was launched in 2009. Over the last few years we have become specialised in purchasing and processing food industry waste streams to make ingredients for our animal feeds. These tasty products make our animal feeds more appetising, resulting in a good intake by the animals. This improves both the health and the yield of the livestock. And that is good for the animals and good for the farmer. We would like to emphasise that we are involved in the manufacture of feeds for animals, which also makes us part of the human food chain. As socially responsible manufacture and consumer food safety are issues which are very important to us, all of our processes comply with HACCP standards. Nijsen/Granico has been HACCP-certified since 1 February 2001 and the company is entitled to use the GMP+ logo. Both the Feed and the Food divisions are certified. Our knowledge, products and certificates all go to make Nijsen/Granico ‘APPETISINGLY BETTER’!