Our history goes from field to fork
The Swedish agriculture movement has a long tradition of cooperative collaboration. Join us on a journey through Lantmännen's fascinating history, from the late 1800s to today's international group in agriculture, machinery, bio-energy and food.
The main aims of the early cooperatives were to improve quality control, reduce purchase prices and transport costs and facilitate the exchange of experience between farmers. To start with, local associations were formed, but the need to establish larger trading partners soon became apparent, and the next step was often to form regional associations at county level.
A cooperative organisation
Characteristic of a cooperative company is democratic control, fair distribution of profit and equal financial investment from members. To start a cooperative as an economic association requires a minimum of three entities (individuals and/or enterprises), common rules on membership and governance (statutes) and payment of the agreed contribution. The economic association is then registered with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), making it a legal entity. Lantmännen is a producers’ cooperative. This collective name refers to producers of goods or services collaborating in marketing, distribution, sale, processing and purchase of materials & equipment.
Svenska Lantmännens Riksförbund was founded in 1905 in Stockholm. Hugo Hamilton, then County Governor of Gävle, was appointed Chairman.
The First World War rages, but Lantmännen still manages to grow stronger. Education and scholarships are important elements of the business.
The tough economic times of the early 1920s caused Lantmännen great difficulties.
A period of regeneration as a new national association is born.
The Second World War casts a dark shadow, but there is still room for optimism at Lantmännen
Farming is mechanised and harvests increase.
The unions are declining, but the number of members reaches its peak.
The journey through Lantmännen’s history continues. We are now in the 1970s.
Cereals and overproduction are hot topics.