The History

The origins of Roerink Food Family lie in Twekkelo, a rural area near the town of Hengelo in the Eastern Netherlands. The story began in 1981 when Diane Roerink began selling artisan-made dairy products from the old clog-makers shed on her parent's property. Gerjhan Roerink made these products on the farm using exclusively fresh grass-fed milk from farmers in the direct vicinity.

New developments followed rapidly after 1981. In 1985 a second shop was opened and the first products found their way to a supermarket. Ten years later, the Twekkelo products could be found in just about every Dutch supermarket. Yet Twekkelo products are still being produced at the very same place where Diane Roerink once began.

In 2011, Twekkelo took over the recipe and trademark of HEKS’NKAAS® from a grocer in Losser. HEKS’NKAAS® has since found its own modern production site on the Hinmanweg in Oldenzaal.

Since the takeover of HEKS’NKAAS®, an umbrella name has been created: Roerink Food Family. To date, this name covers Twekkelo, Zuivelhoeve shops and Heksenkaas BV.

In 2014, Roerink Food Family invested in the expansion of the organic goat farm, De Lingehof, which is a care farm with 1,500 goats. Fresh, spreadable organic goat cheese is made from the milk of these goats. From 2016, this cheese will be sold under the brand name of Happy Goat®.

In late 2014, Van der Poel Desserts became part of Roerink Food Family. Van der Poel Desserts is a unique business, a top quality ice cream producer. On 29 February 2016, after much deliberation between the Van der Poel family and Roerink Food Family, the business name was changed to ‘De Dessert Meesters' [The Dessert Masters]. This was to avoid confusion with the Van der Poel family's ice cream parlours.