Van den Elzen Plants, propagator of strawberry, raspberry and asparagus plants, recently purchased a plot of approximately 43 hectares at the Dutch greenhouse horticulture area in Siberia.
Half of the surface area is for the time being intended for outdoor cultivation of raspberry plants. The other half is prepared for greenhouse horticulture, company buildings, cooling and housing. "With its space and large-scale, Siberia offers good growth opportunities for Van den Elzen," says director Frank Coppens.
Van den Elzen Plants has been active in horticulture for over 60 years. Starting in the production of open field vegetables and fruit, they've had a focus on using modern techniques from the start. Starting in the seventies, they've focussed on propagating plants and a decade later they've invested in machinery, greenhouses and cooling equipment. Ever since they've kept their focus on using techniques in supplying customers with quality starting material. Over the last couple of years, the international market became more and more of relevance, demanding even higher quality standards. Their current farm is over 400 hectare, including a 5 hectare greenhouse. With the new acquisition, further expansion is here.
Space for growth
The improving market for strawberry and raspberry plants was a few years ago the signal for the management of Van den Elzen Plants to expand. "And not by buying little greenhouses at several locations," says Coppens, "but by looking specifically for a future-oriented greenhouse area where we can really work with. We have found that space and large scale at Siberia."
The first step is the construction of a raspberry field. "In addition, work is already underway on the further realization of our new location. In that context, we fully agree with the slogan ‘Space for growth’ from Siberia. Here we can realize our wishes for the future."
Director Arnaud van der Eijk of Wayland Developments is also pleased with the arrival of Van den Elzen Plants in Siberia. "It is good to see that ambitious companies like Van den Elzen Plants dare to invest in the future. And from our side it was a good choice to aim for the arrival of soft fruit growers in Siberia. The plot where Van den Elzen Plants has now established itself, is the largest parcel in the entire area so far. Thanks to this agreement, the expansion to Siberia West is a major step closer.”
For more information:
Van den Elzen Plants
+31 (0)413 - 216 200
Arnaud van der Eijk
T +31 (0)10-5210881