New bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company still surrounded by question marks

Last week, Capsicum B.V. was declared bankrupt. In connection with this, four companies were declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy was filed by a party 'from the energy side.' The bankruptcy involves greenhouses in Made and Steenbergen that have been leased out. Trustee Mathieu Souren from Zoetermeer is investigating the bankruptcy.

The trustee is now investigating all the facts. "It is not a simple, straightforward case." Souren speaks of a 'complicated complex of facts.' For instance, it is still unclear exactly which properties are involved. It is also unclear whether the greenhouses are empty or contain a crop.

Energy mismatch
What he could say on Monday afternoon is that the greenhouses involved are probably leased out. His "rough estimate" is that the greenhouses are 20 hectares. What the trustee was told about the bankruptcy by the director is that the cause of the bankruptcy must be sought in 'a mismatch between energy purchases and market prices.'

There is no mention of a possible relaunch or interested buyers. Apart from the partners, no other employees are involved in the bankruptcy. The company reportedly worked with temporary workers before the greenhouses were leased out.

The bankruptcy of Capsicum B.V. has been registered under reference 09.dha.22.261.F.1300.1.22. Also, the companies Colour Capsicum H, Colour Capsicum K and Colour Capsicum R were declared bankrupt by the District Court in The Hague on 29 November. Mathieu Souren of Hoens & Souren Advocaten Zoetermeer was appointed trustee in all cases.

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