Case study – Aarstiderne
Aarstiderne is an all-natural, organic food company based in Denmark, founded in 1999. The company specializes in growing and packing organic fruits, vegetables, and protein into meal boxes. The meal boxes are delivered to over 40,000 households as well as businesses in Denmark and Sweden.
Aarstiderne aims to establish a closer relationship between farmer, customer, and the land. Transparency and ecological preservation are integral to the process. Besides being a leading organic food company, Aarstiderne also offers education programs. Children learn how to grow vegetables organically and cook with the fresh harvest straight from the field. Through its wholesome mission and best business practices, Aarstiderne has become a market leader in its segment in Denmark.
Riella Hollander, Fund Manager Triodos Organic Growth Fund: ‘Aarstiderne is a truly inspiring frontrunner in the European organic food sector whose mission and values we share. Aarstiderne is a well-run business, has a solid market position and an inspired, committed and sharp-minded management team. As a long-term, strongly aligned shareholder we are very much looking forward to help further expand Aarstiderne’s strong market position.‘
Triodos Organic Growth Fund has taken a 20% stake in Aarstiderne and plans to be a long-term shareholder for this mission-aligned business and will aid Aarstiderne in expanding its market share in a healthy and sustainable manner.