ASA EU Study Tour 2016 – Denmark


In May 2016, 30 ASA Members travelled to Denmark to gain insights around how the country has achieved number 1 status in agrifood innovation (LEI Wageningen UR Report 2013-036; Renwick et al 2014) and how a country with the same population as Ireland and 2/3 of the land mass, scaled their agri-food industry to compete globally almost entirely through farmer owned businesses.


The intensive programme included visits to worlds third largest milk processor Arla, Danish centre for agrifood innovation, meetings with the national research centre SEGES, advisory, banking representatives and worlds third largest meat processor Danish Crown.


To read the first instalment of Michael Cox’s report, click here.

On-Farm Debt; Friend or Foe? – Read Michael Cox’s second report, click here

Innovation in Agriculture : Danish Perspective – Read Michael Cox’s third report, click here.

Denmark: The Land of Cooperatives – Read report four by Michael Cox here

Key learning’s from the trip were:


  • With the correct vision and collaboration farmer owned businesses can thrive in the global market place
  • Farm debts will pose a significant challenge moving forward, however all stakeholders are working together to identify solutions
  • Importance of brands in food exports and overcoming volatility issues
  • High levels of efficiency in milk and meat processing
  • Fostering an innovation culture to preserve margins at all stages of the agrifood supply chain.


To view presentations & briefing documents, click here