Two hectares of Koppert Cress greenhouse has been sold to Frestia. Both parties announced this at the end of last week. "The offer comes at a good time for us," says Rob Baan, who last week, much to his sorrow, also had to lay off some of his permanent staff. "Where we want to become connecting factor, we have now become a normal horticultural company," he states.
The two-hectare cultivation at the Maasdijk location fits 'very well' for the cress grower in the recently acquired 4-hectare location at 'De Poel'.
The grower had previously announced that the new greenhouse, previously belonging to a tomato grower, would not immediately be filled completely. The grower isn't telling what will be in the greenhouse just yet. Rob did say that they will be 'surprising products'.
Rob Baan and Wim Zuidgeest
With this move, all crops will be within walking distance of each other for the cress grower. This efficiency improvement will help Koppert Cress to recover from the loss of sales resulting from the Covid-19 crisis.
For Frestia, the expansion is a continuation of the expansion of the Vogelaer location in Honselersdijk. With the acquisition of the Koppert Cress plot, the grower can take an extra step to further modernize and be ready for the future.
Both Rob Baan and Wim Zuidgeest can look back on a pleasant cooperation, as can be read further in the message. Koppert Cress has been using residual heat from Vitapep's adjacent cultivation since 2007. They will continue to share ideas about the future of energy in greenhouse horticulture in the future.
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