At Fresh2You, in the Netherlands, the Moroccan season began in week 41. "We received the first green beans at the end of that week. These are from our own cultivation in northern Morocco. In week 42, we started with green and string beans from southern Morocco. So far, we're delighted with the southern Moroccan products' quality," says Corne Roks of Fresh2You.
“But I'm not surprised. Karel van Oers is an expert at growing beans. He's been cultivating green beans since 1975 and since 2004 in Morocco. Karel lives in Morocco, so he regularly visits the fields and the packing station. He then personally manages the picking and packing."
"Karel is surrounded by a very experienced team of cultivation specialists," says Corne. "That's evident in the good quality we get nowadays. The green and string beans are packaged under the 'Carlo' brand name. That's what Karel's called in Morocco."
Fresh2You has its own cultivation sites in Senegal and northern and southern Morocco. So, they have control of the entire chain. "We follow the seasons. After the Dutch season, we start in northern Morocco. Then a week or two later, in southern Morocco. At the end of December, we switch to Senegal. Senegal's season ends at the end of April. Then we start up again in southern and then northern Morocco," explains Roks.
"We've partnered with X-Fresh. That means our clients can order haricot verts, snow peas, and sugar snaps from us too. X-Fresh partners deliver these from Kenya and Guatemala. On Saturday, 7 November, we got the first spring onions from southern Morocco. The German season is ending. So, in the next few weeks, we'll scale this up further. We have both long and short spring onions in our assortment."
“Last year, we built a new packing plant in Senegal. And, there, the first green beans have now been sowed. We're expecting the first of these to arrive in the Netherlands in about week 51," concludes Corne.