THE HAGUE, The Netherlands: The Horticultural Entrepreneur Awards nominations have been announced for 2017 and include some of the Netherlands’ top bulb supplier, potted plant growers and produce growers.
On Friday 28 October, Chair of the Board Nico Koomen made a surprise visit to the three nominated candidates who stand to win the prestigious entrepreneurs’ award, which, on 11 January, will be presented for the 31st time.
The jury has nominated the following companies from an excellent list of candidates:
Bunnik Plants, Bleiswijk
In the horticultural sector you simply cannot miss seeing the company of Bunnik Plants. On 25 hectares, this innovative pot-plant nursery produces sustainable grown, green plants at seven different locations. Its various production lines, which give Bunnik Plants added value, have helped establish the company’s sterling reputation. Bunnik Plants was nominated by Royal FloraHolland
Green Specialties Holland, Lierop
Adrie and Hennie Van Den Einden built Green Specialties Holland (GSH) from a traditional vegetable nursery into one of the leading suppliers of high-quality leafy vegetables, including spinach, rucola, baby-leaf and lamb’s lettuce. The activities of Green Specialties span all links in the distribution chain – from cultivation on 150 hectares to harvesting, processing, packaging and sales. In this way, the company guarantees the quality of its products. Green Specialties Holland was nominated by Ron Mulders
Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zonen, Noordwijkerhout
Jac Uittenbogaard & Zonen (JUB Holland) occupy a leading position in the bulb sector. The company is one of the few in the sector that has mastered all aspects of the flower-bulb trade: from breeding tulips via the cooperative ‘Remarkable’, to cultivating, forcing and trading flower bulbs for retail, landscape and forcing operations. The company exports high-quality flower bulbs and flower-bulb products, plus many innovative concepts to more than 35 countries.
What the finalists have in common is that they are using a strong and updated strategy to respond to the rapidly changing society in which sustainability and economics go hand in hand. There is a constant flow of innovations in these companies and collaboration is being sought with partners to improve not just as an entrepreneur, but as a sector. The nominated candidates develop and share knowledge.
The jury is yet to reach a verdict; a second round of judging is now underway. The winner will be announced on 11 January 2017 in Keukenhof during the celebratory 31th edition of the award ceremony.
Dutch horticulture, which plays a major role in the global market, now faces the task of maintaining this strong position. To do so, entrepreneurs must demonstrate innovative strength, daring, decisiveness and perseverance. The Horticulture Entrepreneur Prize places leading entrepreneurs in the limelight, which is good for both the entrepreneurs and the sector.
Competing for the Horticulture Entrepreneur’s Award is worth the effort. The winner receives a valuable work of art, recognition, an increase in its network and media attention – values that cannot be expressed in monetary terms. Moreover, the title makes the winner eligible to receive the prestigious King Willem I Prize and the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards.
The Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs is supported by partners: GroentenFruit Huis, Interpolis, Royal FloraHolland, Flynth adviseurs en accountants, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Rabobank, HPP Exhibitions and Vakblad Bloemisterij|Boomkwekerij.