From 1 October, the Belgian company Calsa/FMB will take over another Belgian company, Vanco's, trading activities. The Van Colenberghe family of Vanco wants to focus more on transport and storage. That'll be with the Herve transport and Herve Coldstores companies. So, Calsa decided to acquire their fruit and vegetable trading tasks. "We only recently met with Vanco, but we quickly reached an agreement," says Jeroen Buyck of Calsa. "We signed the deal last week, and Vanco's people will be in our offices tomorrow."
"Calsa, FMB, and Vanco complement each other well. So the takeover went well. Vanco's employees have the same drive and ideas as we do. That makes both companies' workers enthusiastic. The person from Vanco who focuses on France will be transferred to Calsa in Ardooie, Belgium. And the one who worked the German market will be at FMB in Sint-Katelijne-Waver", says Jeroen. "The takeover is almost complete."
"It was, however, a challenge because everything went so quickly. We've been working on structure at Calsa for the last few years, so everything's going smoothly. The Pol Dendauw management team, my sister Charlotte, my father, Bernard, and I work well together. We can change gears and make decisions quickly. That was also very much needed during this rapid acquisition process."
The Vanco takeover is the second of its kind for Calsa in two years. Yet, according to Jeroen, the sole strategy isn't to become big. "We don't want to grow for the sake of growing. But it's important to remain large in the market. And to seek partnerships and cooperation. In both cases, the companies fitted Calsa, and things clicked. However, more important than growth is remaining relevant in the market. That's one of the big challenges for the future," Jeroen concludes.