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fenaco can trace its roots back some 150 years. A summary of the most important events in our history.

The fenaco cooperative has existed in its present form for just 30 years. However, its origins date back 150 years. A summary of the most important events in fenaco’s history.

2021
April

Opening of new centre for sustainable crop protection

The opening of the new centre for sustainable crop protection AGROLINE Bioprotect in Aesch near Basel demonstrated the huge expansion of beneficial insect breeding capacity being undertaken by fenaco and its commitment to sustainable crop protection.

April

Merger of DiVino and Rutishauser to form Rutishauser-DiVino SA

DiVino SA took over the operations of wine producer Rutishauser Weinkellerei AG. In the future, the two companies will trade under the joint name Rutishauser-DiVino SA.

April

Launch of Innovagri technology platform

The new technology platform promotes innovation and new technologies within Swiss agriculture. It aims to test innovative sustainable crop protection methods and to roll these out rapidly to Swiss farmers.

2020
October

First AGROLA hydrogen filling station

The first AGROLA hydrogen filling station opened in Zofingen (AG), next to LANDI’s Zofingen store. fenaco und AGROLA are members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association, which aims to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations across Switzerland.

FiBL-Mitarbeitende prüfen Pflanzenextrakte im FiBL-Labor. Foto: Marion Nitsch
August

New partnership with the FiBL

fenaco and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL entered a strategic partnership. The aim of the first joint project was to launch a copper substitute for the viticulture industry.

Pflanzenschutz AGROLINE_1
July

fenaco Pflanzenschutz and UFA-Samen Nützlinge become AGROLINE

Fenaco combined the strengths of its fenaco Pflanzenschutz and UFA-Samen Nützlinge divisions to launch the new AGROLINE brand.

April

Strategic partnership with Provins

fenaco and Provins entered a strategic partnership. Provins continues to operate as an independent Valaisian company within fenaco.

2019
September

fenaco becomes a member of digitalswitzerland

fenaco became a member of digitalswitzerland. This partnership underscores fenaco’s ambition to take a pioneering role in smart farming.

2018
December

Signing the electromobility roadmap

The Swiss Federal government’s electromobility roadmap is designed to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. 50 firms and organisations, including fenaco, committed themselves to the initiative.

Digitaler Pflanzenschutz AGROLINE Service Bausteine
June

fenaco signs digitalisation charter

The Swiss Federal government and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including fenaco, signed the Charter on the Digitalisation of the Swiss Agriculture and Food Industry.

June

Commissioning of silo in Auhafen

After two years of construction and around 40 million francs of investment, fenaco began operating its transshipment platform and grain reception point in Auhafen von Muttenz (BL).

Steffi (25) befüllt sorgfältig das Warenpaket der fenaco Erfolgsbeteiligung.
May

Launch of fenaco profit-sharing scheme

Thanks to a positive business performance, fenaco was able to launch a profit-sharing scheme for LANDI members to mark its 25th anniversary. During the first year, over 11,000 farmers registered for the programme.

January

Acquisition of the Swiss Grana Group

fenaco acquired the Swiss Grana Group’s grain-trade business, enabling it to enter the international grain market.

2017
Laden von Cadar in Savagnier mit Team
January

Cadar joins fenaco

fenaco acquired Cadar AG, based in Fleurier (NE). The retail wholesaler will continue to trade as an independent company in the future. The acquisition provided a boost to the expansion of Volg’s network of stores in Romandy.

2016
Dousset Matelin
November

Integration of Dousset Matelin

fenaco acquired the majority shareholding in renowned CLAAS retail partner Dousset Matelin located in Neuville-de-Poitou, France. This acquisition strengthened the agricultural technology business area and represented the first cross-border knowledge transfer in this sector.

Forschungskooperation mit Agroscope
October

Research partnership with Agroscope und ETH Zurich

To expand their collaboration, fenaco and Agroscope signed a framework agreement for their research partnership. Initial joint projects were launched in the fruit-growing, vegetable-growing and cereal seed sectors. fenaco also supports the new ETH Professorial Chair in Molecular Planting Breeding through its donation to the ETH Zurich Foundation.

2015

New logistics centre in Lahr

LANDI Schweiz AG’s logistics are built around two large distribution centres: the existing centre located at the headquarters in Dotzigen (BE) and a new one with excellent transport links in Lahr, Germany. It is operated by LahrLogistics, a joint venture between fenaco and the ZG Raiffeisen cooperative.

Pierre-André Geiser

New Chair of the Board of Directors

Pierre-André Geiser was elected Chair of fenaco’s Board of Directors, succeeding Lienhard Marschall.

Solaranlage auf Scheunendach

Solvatec joins fenaco

fenaco acquired a majority share of the photovoltaic plant manufacturer Solvatec AG, thereby further cementing its position in the energy sector as a sustainable provider for producers and consumers in rural areas.

2014
Bison

Full acquisition of Bison

The IT service provider Bison was fully acquired by fenaco. Bison is one of Switzerland’s leading IT providers and specialises in the development and rollout of business software for SMEs.

2013

New centres of excellence in Bätterkinden and Perroy

fenaco Landesprodukte opened new centres of excellence in Bätterkinden (BE) and Perroy (VD).

2012
AGROLA

Establishment of the energy division

As part of the reorganisation undertaken in 2012, all business activities related to energy were brought together under a new department.

2010

A change at the top of fenaco

Martin Keller was elected Chair of fenaco’s Management Board, succeeding Willy Gehriger.

2009
Serco Landtechnik

Acquisition of Serco Landtechnik AG

Founded in 1947, Serco Landtechnik AG was known as Service Company AG until 2009. Since becoming part of fenaco in 2009 and 2010, it has been known as Serco Landtechnik AG.

2008
frigemo

Integration of catering supplier Kellenberg

Catering supplier Kellenberger Frisch Service in Zurich was acquired by fenaco. Today, Kellenberg is part of the trading companies of the fenaco company, frigamo. Other trading companies joined later.

Acquisition of Steffen-Ris

Steffen-Ris was integrated into fenaco. The company sells potatoes, carrots, onions, bananas, stone fruits and berries and is now a centre of excellence within fenaco Landesprodukte.

PV-Anlage bei LANDI Schweiz AG

New logistics platform in Dotzigen (BE)

LANDI Schweiz AG began operating a new logistics platform in Dotzigen (BE), supplying LANDI stores.

2007

Acquisition of Union fruits

Stone fruit specialists Union fruits joined fenaco and is now a centre of excellence within fenaco Landesprodukte.

2005
RAMSEIER: Restaurant im Sommer

Merger of Pomdor and Granador to become RAMSEIER

In 2005, Pomdor AG and Granador AG merged to form Unidrink AG, which was subsequently renamed RAMSEIER Suisse AG in 2008.

2003

New Chair of the Board of Directors

Lienhard Marschall was elected Chair of fenaco’s Board of Directors, succeeding Thomas Schmid.

Ernst Sutter

Purchase of the Ernst Sutter Group

With its acquisition of Ernst Sutter AG, headquartered in Gossau (SG), fenaco took over one of the largest corporations in the meat processing and production sector.

2002

A change at the top of fenaco

Willy Gehriger was elected Chair of fenaco’s Management Board, succeeding Ulrich Schlup.

New UFA AG compound feed plant

UFA AG began operating the Biblis compound feed plant in Herzogenbuchsee (BE). It was the largest, most cutting-edge facility of its kind in Switzerland at the time.

2001
TopShop

The first TopShop filling station convenience store

The first filling station convenience store opened. These days, LANDI cooperatives now operate around 100 of these TopShops supplied by the fenaco company Volg.

1999
RAMSEIER Suisse

Acquisition of Elm Mineral Springs

The fenaco company Pomdor, which is known today as RAMSEIER Suisse AG, acquired the Elm Mineral Springs from major beverage and brewing company Feldschlösschen Getränke AG, making fenaco one of Switzerland’s largest drinks producers.

1998

Orador and UFAG form UFA AG

Orador AG and UFAG Sursee merged to create today’s UFA AG, Switzerland’s leading animal nutrition company. UFAG Laboratories AG was also established in the same year, operating in the food and pharmaceutical analysis sector.

1996

Six fenaco regions become four

The six founding regions merged to form the four entities of Western Switzerland, the Swiss Plateau, Central Switzerland and Eastern Switzerland.

24.09.1993

The birth of fenaco

On 24 September 1993, representatives from six cooperative associations (UCAR, FCA, VLG, NWV, VLGZ and VOLG) signed the merger agreement at Restaurant Linde in Uettligen (BE), and the fenaco cooperative was born with Thomas Schmid and Ulrich Schmid at the helm as the first Chair of the Board of Directors and the first Chair of the Management Board, respectively.

1860-1993

The emergence of agricultural cooperatives

Around 150 years ago, during a period of crisis, far-sighted farmers in many western European countries began establishing self-help cooperatives for the procurement and distribution of agricultural products. Switzerland was no exception. At the end of the 19th century, the local cooperatives here united to form nine regional cooperative associations which took on key functions for their members and quickly launched partial cooperative partnerships.

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