It's been over a year since Arvesta took a new step with the takeover of Benfried. We spoke about it with Jelle Koop, as we were curious as to what has changed. Have the customers noticed anything about the takeover?
Jelle is quite clear: "No, certainly not. The customers did not notice anything about it. The lines are still short, we are still very decisive and we still do what we always did." Fair is fair: when one steps inside, one wouldn't notice any change either. You are greeted in the same way and the people are still just as enthusiastic.
Internally, however, things have changed. With the departure of Fried and Petto Koop, the organizational structure was adjusted. And that adjustment has been made in such a way that the familiar standards, values and culture within Benfried remain safeguarded. New director Ruud Klasens is being supported by the appointed management team. The members of this team have been in the Benfried circle for many years, providing advice and assistance to management.
Active R&D bears fruit
Innovation has not been put on the back burner either. Solutions are being sought, together with partners, for the issues they learn about from their customers. One of the latest solutions is the Trissolcus Basalis. This parasitic wasp will go to town on the Nezara bug. Jelle: "We are hearing positive stories about the use of Trissolcus Basalis. Within vegetable cultivation, the Nezara bug is a problem on a number of farms. This parasitic wasp parasitizes the bug's eggs, so they don't get a chance to hatch. An important piece of the pest control puzzle!"
There are more new innovations to come out of Benfried's. Keep an eye on the news. We will keep you informed.