KMC is unusual in the competitive world of modern business. We started as part of the co-operative movement that brought Danish agriculture from small-scale self-sufficiency to being Denmark’s major post-war export industry. Denmark was in fact one of the world’s earliest practitioners of the co-operative idea in its modern form.
The many small farmers in this tiny Scandinavian country pooled resources to invest in machinery and know-how so that they could become more competitive in world markets. The whole idea was to help each other get better and stronger.
An unusual company
Today, KMC is a modern company with a distinctive way of doing business that has evolved from our unusual background. We are still formally a co-operative company owned by the 1,500 or so Danish growers who supply the potatoes that are the basis of KMC’s production in Denmark. The members of the Board of Directors are elected by the growers and are at the same time part-owners.
This creates a unique, dynamic configuration where the owners, suppliers, management and Board have the same shared interest. We all work to make sure KMC is a prosperous company that makes the best possible use of the crops from the farmers who are its suppliers.
Suppliers to rely on
This means KMC has an uniquely stable production base that can be relied on to provide the customer with distinct long-term advantages – with more stable prices and more consistent quality. This also means that KMC growers have a shared interest in the long-term development and prosperity of the company.