abbGrowers is one of the largest blueberry traders and importers in the Netherlands and Western Europe. This Dutch company is considering selling half its stock to overseas growers.
This sale will ensure that abbGrowers remains in the hands of farmers. This is according to the company's founder and director, Fred Douven. "We want this so that company's vision can endure. This vision is 'realizing the best financial result for the grower, in cooperation with the client'. We do not want the payment of dividends to become the company's top priority."
It is not yet known when the sale will occur. According to the director, anything is possible. "We have not planned a hard-and-fast date yet. The sale depends on the results for the company. There has been a lot of interest from various local and overseas sectors," says Douven.
"Foreign investors are interested in our company due to its updated vision in the area of cultivation, packaging, and the business we conduct. We are the correct long term partner for clients who support our vision. The 'fly-by-nights' do not come to us."
“By selling these shares, the company will not lose its independence. This independence is 100% guaranteed in the statutes. Besides personal names, the stakeholders' composition will not change," Douven explains. According to him, only half of the shares he owns will be up for sale.