FrieslandCampina Selects Verizon Business for Global Wide Area Network Transformation

FrieslandCampina, one of the world's leading dairy cooperatives, has chosen Verizon Business to provide an Internet-protocol-based wide area network enabling the organization to maximize the benefits of a secure, streamlined data communications platform. 

Verizon Private IP, a global MPLS network, will provide FrieslandCampina with fast and reliable links, including secure and simple remote access to business-critical applications, for workers that are in the office or on the road. FrieslandCampina is headquartered in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with 21,000 employees, members and partners around the world.

Verizon Business' professional and managed security services teams are helping ensure a smooth transition to the new network environment. Verizon Business' managed security services will help further safeguard critical company data. The objective is to enable FrieslandCampina to quickly maximize the full potential of its new network infrastructure to enhance productivity and support business growth.

FrieslandCampina's daily business operations depend heavily on its network infrastructure, which connects the cooperative's 16,000-member dairy farms and production and sales sites in 27 global markets, supporting customer orders and global supply chain activities.  The company, formed in 2009 from the merger of Friesland Foods and Campina, inherited disparate networks and service providers, which were time-consuming and costly to manage. The cooperative decided to centralize its wide area network with a single supplier to realize cost and management efficiencies, improve performance and support global growth.

Nuria Simo, corporate CIO at FrieslandCampina, said: "Our business strategy is to be a truly global, innovative, reliable and flexible organization, and having a single global network to support our operations is central to our plan. Our new network will provide a secure foundation for future strategic projects as our business grows, such as the move to a global voice-over-IP (VoIP) environment, and other IP-enabled communications solutions. Verizon Business was selected based on the company's global reach and proven leadership in all our critical IT needs of network, security, solutions and services. In addition, as an existing supplier, the company already had proven its worth as a business partner, and had invested time to understand our business."

Jeff Rallet, regional sales vice president for continental Europe at Verizon Business, said: "FrieslandCampina is a good example of a complex organization that is recognizing and realizing the value of information technology solutions to drive business forward. By harnessing Verizon Business' mix of technology and security solutions, enterprises can really take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the global marketplace. FrieslandCampina is well on the road to realizing the benefits of this approach, and we look forward to supporting the cooperative's future business ambitions as it continues to grow."

About FrieslandCampina
As Royal FrieslandCampina we reach millions of people in more than one hundred countries around the world, with our milk products, cheese, butter and ingredients. We are fascinated by the power and potential of milk. We aim to help people to move forward in life by getting more out of milk. We have more than 130 years of commitment to sustainable dairy. As a co-operative, we are a team and can depend on one another.

Our 16,000 member farmers and 21,000 employees demonstrate their expertise at every step of the dairy chain. We strive for ever higher levels of excellence, displaying innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship in all that we do. We serve our customers and consumers well to provide good financial returns for our owners, the farmers. At the same time we maintain a balance between nature, people and our business.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.