Olympia was established in 1946, under the name ‘Zuivelfabriek van Herfelingen’.
Kamiel Van Impe's father acquired the company NV Saica (a butter production facility) and subsequently continued to grow the company through numerous acquisitions.
In 1991, together with his sons Marc and Luc Van Impe, he built a completely new factory for manufacturing PE bottles for UHT milk and cream. This attracted international customers and major dairy groups such as Lactalis, Danone and Friesland.
A brand-new desserts division was set up in 2003 and this constant expansion culminated in the construction of a tower for evaporated milk in 2008.
After a devastating fire in the desserts division in 2012, an entirely new fresh food division was set up and investments were made in a production line for bag-in-box and bag-in-container products. Since 2015, we are on track to becoming the specialist in liquid ice-cream mixes and milkshakes.
Olympia is one of the few family dairy farms our country can boast of. Among the increasingly larger international dairy groups, Olympia has succeeded in conquering a special place in the dairy market with its delicious, high-quality and functional products.
Each day, milk is collected from the provinces of Flemish and Walloon Brabant, East Flanders, Hainaut and Namur. Olympia collects about 75 million litres of milk from these 220 suppliers and annually processes about 100 million litres to produce a wide range of products: milk in glass and PE bottles, concentrated milk, fresh and long-life cream, butter, desserts, base for ice-cream preparations, etc.
Olympia also manufactures products based on the specifications of industrial customers such as Danone, Lactalis and Campina. Besides the ‘Olympia’ brand, many private labels are also produced in Herfelingen: these are products with the customer's brand name on it, such as desserts for retail. Almost every supermarket chain in Belgium relies on Olympia for one or more fresh products.
The two brothers, Luc and Marc Van Impe, are continuing their father's legacy. The company philosophy is simple: by collecting the milk ourselves, we ensure a high-quality raw material, which we process into customer-focused, specific, and sometimes, unique end products.
The brothers have also diversified their activities within the dairy market through the holding company Pajot Dairy. In addition to the OLYMPIA brand, the PAJOT DAIRY group includes of BHA (specialised in the trading of all kinds of powder mixes), DHR (a milk collection company established in a joint venture structure with Danone Belgium), VITALAC (primarily known for its delicious Chocovit drinking chocolate bottles) and SUPEFRA (fillings for the bakery sector). Recently, the subsidiaries Olympia-Italia and GELATARIUM (both based in Italy) were established, with a view to developing various ice-cream markets in Europe.
The annual turnover of Olympia is approximately EUR 71 million. The company continuously strives to achieve a stable balance between industrial and non-industrial products. More than 30% of the turnover is invested in exports, mainly UHT cream.
Olympia employs 170 people, many of whom live and work in the Pajottenland region.
Our company looks forward to the future with full confidence, with due respect for sustainability and a long-term vision. Various processes are in place to ensure that we consume less energy and use water resources sparingly. The core of our philosophy continues to be: innovation and growth!
“As food producer, quality and food safety are of high priority for Olympia. This is why each step in the production process is described in detail and the risks identified based on the HACCP principle. Our own laboratory carries out daily analyses on raw materials, semi-finished products and finished products. The Quality Department ensures that all documents are kept up-to-date and that the quality system is continuously improved. Recently, these efforts were affirmed when we successfully obtained various certifications such as IFS, ISO and ACS. As a customer, you can rely on Olympia to provide a safe and high-quality product.”
At present, we have high-level certifications in:
Our permanent team consists of 170 people. In addition, we work with approximately 30 temporary employees.