THE HAGUE, The Netherlands: Now in its 31st year the annual Dutch Horticultural Entrepreneur of the Year Award is designed to recognize progressive growers who embrace technology and modern, sustainable production practices, market innovatively, deliver strong customer service and demonstrate industry leadership.
Of the three finalists from the potted plant industry (Bunnik Plants), the fresh produce sector (Green Specialities Holland) and the bulb industry (Jac .Uittenbogaard & Zn), a special award will be presented to one horticultural entrepreneur, judged by a panel of expert judges to be the best at promoting their business.
This year’s celebration will take place on Wednesday January 11th at a reception for the New Year at Keukenhof in Lisse, the Netherlands. Professor Pursey Heugens from RSM Erasmus University has been announced as keynote speaker and will explore the theme of ‘How to pass successfully pass on your family business?’. In a panel discussion, three young horticultural entrepreneurs, Joyce Lansbergen of LG Flowers, Erwin van der Lans of Lans and Dirk Ebben will share their experiences with taking over a family business.
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.
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 AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards and the King Willem I Prize.
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.