Rijk Zwaan and Van der Hoeven: a successful collaboration for many decades

A powerful collaboration in the chain

Rijk Zwaan

For many decades, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects has a successful collaboration with Rijk Zwaan.

Rijk Zwaan is an international vegetable breeding company with over 3500 employees across 30 different countries. All international construction activities are managed from the Netherlands. We have already completed numerous projects for this client, and we are working on several more projects.

What factors contribute to the strength and success of our relationship? Furthermore, which projects have we jointly realized over the years?

The Foundation of Our Success
After years of collaboration, we have developed a mutual understanding of what to expect from one another. We proactively complement each other's strengths. Jan van der Lee (Engineer, Van der Hoeven), has served as one of Rijk Zwaan's primary contacts for many years. They express, 'The foundation of our success is the mutual trust we have in each other, which you notice during the projects, in every layer of cooperation. This understanding enables us to precisely comprehend each other's needs and provide the necessary assistance for mutual advancement. All of this is aimed at achieving an optimal outcome that is perfectly aligned with the client's objectives and within the predefined parameters.

Projects from Dinteloord to Tanzania
During this long-term cooperation, projects have been realized all over the world. The lastest projects? 'De Hybride', which concerns an entirely new location of 8.5 hectares. The joint goal is to create a breeding facility, so that the breeding result meets the highest quality standards. 'De Hybride' has been operational since the end of 2020. Secondly, the ‘Rijk Zwaan Dinteloord’ project of 6 hectares. A special feature of this project is that the cultivation of plant material and fruit production have been brought together in one company. 'Rijk Zwaan Dinteloord' has been operational since 2021.

Projects from Dinteloord to Tanzania
Throughout this extensive, long-term collaboration, projects have been successfully realized across the globe. Recently, Van der Hoeven completed one project, while another is nearing completion. The first of these projects, 'De Hybride,' encompasses an 8.5-hectare facility. The shared objective is to establish a cutting-edge breeding facility that upholds the highest quality standards for breeding outcomes. 'De Hybride' has been operational. The second project is the 'Rijk Zwaan Dinteloord' venture, spanning 6 hectares. A distinctive aspect of this endeavor is the integration of plant material cultivation and fruit production within a single company.

In addition to the ongoing projects, numerous international initiatives have been successfully completed for Rijk Zwaan over the years. In Arusha, Tanzania, a 4.5-hectare facility was constructed, dedicated to seed production. A similar accomplishment is the nearly 4-hectare project undertaken by Van der Hoeven for 'Rijk Zwaan Promex' in Mexico. Roberto Hernandez (Service Engineer, Van der Hoeven), elaborates, 'As Van der Hoeven, we take pride in the realization of this sophisticated facility in Mexico. While the project posed significant challenges, our collaborative effort enabled us to achieve a world-class outcome. This achievement serves as another testament to our capability in delivering projects of such caliber on a global scale.

Collaborative Teamwork
Van der Hoeven has consistently served as Rijk Zwaan's sparring partner right from the outset, both for new domestic and international projects. 'CTO Menno van den Brink explains, 'We leverage our knowledge from previously completed Rijk Zwaan projects, along with our global experience from other endeavors, to collaboratively engineer the best solutions.'

Currently, active projects are in progress.