2018 was mostly characterised by the extreme weather in summer. Because of this, both production and sales were faced with additional challenges. As a consequence, product groups had varying results, according to Van Nature in its relation magazine MEER.
The tomato production had a difficult season, although the cucumber production was very successful in 2018. At the start of the tomato season, Van Nature was affected by the large productions in Spain and the lower production in the Netherlands caused by a lack of sunlight. On balance, this led to lower prices compared to 2017. The remainder of the tomato season could not manage to make up for this.
Both in aubergines and bell peppers, the surplus caused price pressure on the market, and prices were lower compared to 2017.
The sales of sprouts went smoothly and the quality was good. Prices levels were a bit lower compared to 2017, which was an excellent sprout year.
Because of the good demand for cucumbers in the second half of 2018, the cucumber production had an excellent season. A positive effect of the warm weather!
In 2018, Van Nature practically matched the turnover of 2017, €350 million. The year 2018 was closed with a profit of €461,766 after taxes.
The general meeting of 13 June 2019 approved the annual account, and they also decided to add the profit of €15,000 to the general reserves and to pay €446,766 to their members. The company’s net worth, consisting of the undistributed profits reserve and the one-time member payments, amounts to €1,506,000 after payment of the dividend (2017: €1,490,000).
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