In three years in which Van der Avoird Trayplant propagates raspberry and strawberry plants in the Netherlands, less CO2 is emitted than in the two days it takes the ripe fruits to come from Southern Europe by truck. That bothers Peter van der Avoird, so he wants to expand the company in Northern Europe. "In five years we'll have grown by 50 percent again."
The Avoird team 'in' the new greenhouse from 2016.
Again, because in the last five years the company grew by 20 percent a year. In 2019 there were 21 million raspberry plants and 5.5 million strawberry plants at the company. The growth is mainly in the strawberry cultivation. "That market is bigger in Northern Europe than the market for raspberries."
Read the whole story (in Dutch) behind the development of this company, which won Agricultural Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, and now even makes raspberry wine.