There's plenty of spinach available from Ad van der Staaij's field's in Tarragona, Spain. The season started well in November. But in January, the supply in Northern Spain came to an abrupt halt. That was after heavy rain and hail destroyed the crop. Ad shifted gears quickly and paid the proper attention to the crop. The weather also improved in Tarragona. So, he's succeeded in getting plenty of top-quality Planet Proof spinach available again from his farm.
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Frans Sinke is a Staay Food Group Account Manager. He's been responsible for the supply from the group's Spanish cultivation company for many years. Frans is pleased that the supply has been restarted. "The situation in Tarragona was quite unfortunate," he says. "However, we could maintain some of the supply to the Netherlands. That was thanks to the correct cultivation spread. We grow spinach in both Northern and Southern Spain."
The Staay Food Group grows spinach on a large scale in Spain. They've been doing so since the 90s. Currently, more than 300 ha of the cultivation company's land is reserved for spinach. After harvesting, the product is cooled again. The next morning, it's transported to the Netherlands. It arrives under the Masia del Pino house brand. "In this way, a fresh product is guaranteed. Of course, we can package the spinach as required," Frans concludes.