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Socially responsible growers

Horticulture and sustainability are strongly connected. We operate in an energy-intensive sector and depent on natural resources such as clean water. We give effect to our responsibility by focusing on sustainability in a variety of areas, such as the geothermal heat project, biological cultivation, proper attention for our employees, and avoiding water and food waste.

Quality assurance

We work constantly and purposefully to optimize our processes. Our way of working is defined in handbooks and has been certified. We therefore pay structural attention to topics such as food safety and sustainability in the cultivation and packing of our products. Our processes are subject to regular audits to ensure that they continue to comply with applicable standards, and we always strive to identify areas for improvement.
We possess a number of certifications, including:

Biological crop protection

Biological cultivation is second nature to us. We use natural enemies to help fight disease and pests. Our crop protection employee is continuously on the lookout for the right balance so that we can cultivate a clean, healthy product and ensure that our peppers satisfy the most stringent standards.

An engaged employer

Our employees know us as an engaged employer. Our relatively small and flat organizational structure means that we can give extra attention to everyone in our team. Anyone with talent and ambition will be given the freedom to grow. We provide favourable working conditions in which safety is of paramount importance.

Geothermal heat and CO2

The heat we need for our operations in Honselersdijk is sourced from the ground in the form of geothermal heat. Together with other growers, Zuidgeest participates in the Vogelaer Aardwarmte (Vogelaer geothermal heat) geothermal energy project. Participation in the project has led to a 70% reduction in fossil fuel consumption on our site alone, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of 1,500 homes.

In addition to heat, our plants also need light, nutrients, and CO2 to grow. We obtain our CO2 as a by-product from the Shell refinery in Pernis. As a result our greenhouses are, on balance, consumers of CO2 for part of the year.

Would you like to know more about how our sustainability works in practice?

Vogelaer geothermal heat