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"We have space and we certainly use it"
Windset Farms: A little bit of Holland in British Columbia

Peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers, eggplants and Belgium endives are all in the assortment from Windset Farms in British Columbia, Canada. What started as a test project of 2 hectares has grown in to a growing area of 100 hectares where the 'Windset Farms' brand is grown.

"Here in British Columbia we have plenty of space and we certainly use it", tells Jaap Dane, previously from Haluco - Holland, who now works for Windset Farms. "There many Dutch people working as greenhouse vegetable growers in North America. We also use Dutch growing techniques, seeds etc. And I even speak Dutch everyday with our growers in B.C." 

Of all production 50% is exported to the US. The remaining products remain in Canada and are mostly sold to retail. "We grow, pack and sell everything ourselves. We grow, amongst others, the three colours of (mini) peppers, (mini) cucumbers, various colours of chilli peppers, vine, cocktail, grape and beef tomatoes. The snack vegetables are very popular with the American consumer."

"There is competition within the North American market, but there is also mutual trade. If you are short of something, then you get it at the competitor", explains Jaap. "The prices last year were better in the west than in the east of the country. The east was over supplied because of the export from Europe. Here in the west it is not so densely populated and importing is relatively expensive for us."  

Jaap Dane
Windset Farms
3660 41B Street Delta BC
Canada V4K 3N2
Tel: +1 604.940.7700
Fax: +1 604.940.7711

Publication date: 5/26/2010
Author: Sander Bruins Slot


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