Last summer, in the South German Obergarching a new project was realized in a short time. Reichenspurner Hof expanded by 16 hectares of covered cultivation at the request of a large retailer. The company, that traditionally focuses on open field vegetables, will now also cultivate tomatoes, peppers and strawberries under glass.
30 million euros
In total, the Reichenspurner Hof is investing more than 30 million euros in the project. The project area is over 20 hectares in total. On an area of around 15 hectares, strawberries, tomatoes and peppers thrive in the greenhouse, whereas on the same location facilities are realised for administration, a packing hall and the technique area. After completion, 100 employees are expected to work there, and 20 to 30 employees will join the main harvest period between May and July. 50 employees are already employed, 30 of them from the region.
With the greenhouse complex, the Reichenspurner Hof wants to offer regional products for the domestic market year-round. This is achieved with different crops and staggered plant dates, as Peter Reichenspurner explained earlier. The production volume under the diffuse glass roofs correspond approximately to the harvest of 100 hectares of outdoor production. A higher plant population and an ideal climate would make this possible. The production is to be sold to their main partner Edeka and to be found in farmers' markets in Southeast Germany.
Trintech was called in to design, supply and install the water technical and electrical installation. Sales and marketing manager Gaston Pauwels: "The greenhouse is divided into four parts. Peppers, lighted tomatoes, a part of unlighted tomatoes and a number of smaller sections with strawberries. For all compartments we have installed our own drip unit (ProfiMIX) that regulates the irrigation. There is a recirculation system and the climate is controlled by a Hoogendoorn climate computer."
All types of units that are used at Reichenspurner Hof were designed, built and installed by Trintech. Nevertheless, the process has been fast, Gaston notes with satisfaction. "We started in May, and in mid-August the compartment with strawberries was completed. Recently, the last part of the peppers and unlighted tomato cultivation went into operation."
The Reichenspurners are regarded as pioneers in the industry, and have been cultivating asparagus as the only ones in the Chiemgau region for years. Their assortment also includes open field strawberries, as well as artichokes and pumpkins. The farm, once founded by the brothers Hubert and Peter Reichenspurner, is joined nowadays by their sons Maximilian, Daniel and Thomas.
A small impression of the project
For Trintech it was not the first time that they got to work in South Germany. With Andos Industriegüter as partner, the Dutch company is more often involved in the Bavaria region. "AnDos assists with the installation works and offers the first-line service to our customers. This means we have very short driving times."
It is not only at the Reichenspurner Hof project that Gaston looks back at with satisfaction. Also the past year will end in a satisfactory way. "For Trintech, 2018 was a great year! We have worked on many great projects, there have been many new innovations and our team has grown rapidly. We will continue this in 2019."