From pioneer to global player
Tomassen: how it all started
Around 1930, the first duck farmers settled near the cities of Harderwijk and Ermelo. When the Zuiderzee waters were reclaimed to be used for agriculture, fishermen in the region became duck farmers.
The duck farmers initially focused on egg production only, until duck meat gained popularity in the 1950s. In 1964, Mr. A. Tomassen started his own poultry business.
By 1980 the company specialised in the slaughter of Peking duck for Chinese restaurants.
Peking ducks from Tomassen Duck-To are guaranteed to be of high quality. The selection programs, choice of feed, and the methods used to raise the animals all guarantee a low fat content, tender meat, and a world-renowned taste. We worked closely with popular Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands in the development of our products.
The way duck meat is prepared by chefs varies per region.
In 1998, A. Tomassen sold most of the business to an investment company, transferring a part of it to his son Gertjan Tomassen. Since then, our ducks have found their way to customers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Gertjan Tomassen bought back the business from the investment company in 2006
Driven by passion and Gertjan Tomassen’s growth ambitions, Tomassen Duck-To b.v. merged with Bangkok Ranch Co. Ltd. (Thailand) in 2007, with private equity funds joining as co-shareholders. Tomassen Duck-To subsequently became one of the largest producers of Peking ducks in Europe.
From there, the door to then Asian market was wide open. At the time, Bangkok Ranch consisted of a number of parent animal companies, a cattle feed factory, hatcheries, slaughterhouses, and street markets.
BR-Group was established in 2009 as the parent company of Bangkok Ranch and Duck-To holding.
Since the management buy-outs in December 2012, private equity funds are no longer co-shareholders in BR-Group
Took over Lucky Duck Int. Food & VSE
BR-Tomassen acquired Lucky Duck International Food in 2016. It also took over V.S.E. in Harderwijk, transferring operations and personnel to Ermelo.
We will continue to strive to remain the world’s most renowned supplier of duck products.