Our history

In 2022 Van Hessen is 120 years old! Even though past performance is no guarantee for the future, there are some certainties that offer a solid foundation. Besides an emphasis on integrity, transparency, and knowledge, a consistent theme throughout these years has been that Van Hessen is a reliable partner for its customers, suppliers, and employees.

Read more about our history in this VH Matters article.


In June 2017, the Van Hessen Group and SARIA joined forces in order to provide suppliers and customers in the meat processing industry and pharmaceutical industry worldwide with the very best products in the desired quantities. Van Hessen aims to be the best partner to suppliers and customers, as well as a good and stable employer for all employees worldwide. The combination of the Van Hessen Group and SARIA was a natural and logical choice. The activities of both companies were complementary and both groups shared many common values.

As the SARIA Group, we create value for our partners and the environment by acting as a reliable service provider and manufacturer of quality products for the agricultural, energy, animal feed, food, catering and pharmaceutical industries. Our extensive product and service portfolio is based on the transformation of animal by-products and organic residues into high-quality raw materials for new applications. This enables scarce natural resources to be conserved at many levels. Accordingly, our business model makes an important contribution to environmental sustainability. 

Van Hessen
Founded in 1902 as a family owned company, the Van Hessen Group evolved into one of the world's leading and reputable companies in the field of  natural casings. The growth of Van Hessen was both organic, as well as through acquisition. Next to being one of the leading casing companies, Van Hessen has  also been active as a processor of animal by-products and provides high-quality raw materials to the pharmaceutical industry.

By combining the passion and knowledge of our people, our positions in purchase, processing of casings and sales markets, our worldwide gutrooms and our product groups, we aim to be your preferred partner by constantly delivering the best product and the best services.