Pete Hoekstra gets acquainted with Dutch horticulture

Tuinbouwexperts ontvangen Amerikaanse ambassadeur in World Horti Center

On May 1, U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited World Horti Center in the run up to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Dutch Greenhouse Delta represents the horticulture sector and is the central liaison body for this international event whose main themes will be food, water, energy, health and connectivity. The Ambassador was invited by Dutch Greenhouse Delta to get acquainted with the greenhouse horticulture sector in the Netherlands. 

The U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, and his delegation were received by Eric Egberts, CEO of Dutch Greenhouse Delta, and Erwin Cardol, director of World Horti Center. The Ambassador attended a round table discussion with representatives of various Dutch horticulture companies. Participants discussed both Dutch and U.S. horticultural issues. The main theme was the trade climate between the two countries. 

Eric Egberts, CEO of Dutch Greenhouse Delta: “Ambassador Hoekstra was keen to learn more about the development of Dutch horticulture. He asked how we could ensure that Dutch horticulture continued to top the international charts. We also discussed home-grown production in the Netherlands as opposed to importing fresh produce. Finally, we at DGD expressed the wish to collaborate more closely with U.S. parties in the area of vertical farming. This is a fast-growing market in the United States.” 
Other participants in the round table discussion were Mike Vermeij (BOM Group), Maren Schoormans (Priva), Evert Hamblok (Koppert Biological Systems), Klaas de Haan (Axia Seeds) and Mart Valstar (Best Fresh Group). 

After the discussion, Dutch Greenhouse Delta provided a tour of the exhibition floor in the World Horti Center, where other DGD members gave short pitches. It gave Pete Hoekstra the opportunity to find out more about the horticultural ambitions of DOOR, Floricultura, Dümmen Orange, Certhon, Dutch Greenhouses and SPX Flow. Finally, the delegation visited the All Climate Greenhouse, which can be used to replicate the climate anywhere in the world.
A joint lunch rounded off the U.S. delegation’s fruitful visit. 

About Dutch Greenhouse Delta
Dutch Greenhouse Delta was founded in September 2018 to promote the Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector worldwide. The foundation focuses on large-scale, complex projects and issues related to food and floriculture in growing megacities. Some 14 greenhouse horticulture enterprises along with Rabobank and two trade organisations – AVAG and LTO Glaskracht – are currently affiliated with Dutch Greenhouse Delta, which means that over 100 companies in the greenhouse horticulture cluster are represented in this joint venture. All partners contribute to achieving the foundation’s objectives.
About GES
In collaboration with the US, the Netherlands is organizing the ninth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on June 4 and 5 of this year. Some 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from across the globe will come together at The World Forum in The Hague. In addition to promoting international entrepreneurship, those in attendance will seek solutions to global social issues. The main themes of the summit will be food, water, energy, health and connectivity. Prior to the GES, entrepreneurs will kick off a number of ‘challenges’ relating to these themes. 


Photos: Rolf van Koppen Fotografie