The medium-sized Wimex Agrarprodukte and Export GmbH from Baasdorf near Köthen bought the greenhouse complex in Osterweddingen in the summer of 2018. This happened, following the bankruptcy of Dutch operator Joris Gewächshäuser GmbH & Co KG. About the sales price, however, no information has been given.
The facility's size is 6.3 hectares, which corresponds to just under seven football fields: the largest of its kind nationwide. Company spokesman and head of the Baasdorf site, Claus Möllmann, said on Tuesday that the first clean-up work is already under way on the site.
5 million euros invested
Some buildings were not yet completed by the previous owners, so that the company will invest some 5 million euros in extra construction. Among other things, a communal and administrative building and a warehouse, still have to be completed. However, the plan is to start production within the complex next year, Möllmann says.
Vegetables under own brand
Under the brand name "Bördegarten", the first regional products under glass - tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, but peppers as well - will be grown next year. "But we are still in the cultivation planning phase," he says. This will be developed together with experts and trading partners. After all, they bought the complex only last week.
Gerhard Wagner, member of the Wimex management: "Growing fruit and vegetables under glass is one of the big trends in the food industry." According to Möllmann, the greenhouse operation is a new territory for the Köthen company , So far, the Köthen company specialized in vegetables in the open field, from lettuce to radish (in the months of May to October). Overall, the new operator has a need of 30 to 40 employees. "We are still looking for skilled workers," he says. The insolvent Dutch operators had until recently invested 13 million euros in the construction. Production ran just under a year.