Eurofins Horti, nice to meet you!

24 November 2021

"The number of greenhouse horticulture samples at Eurofins Agro has grown significantly in recent years. As Business Unit Horti we have invested heavily in professionalization. So it's time to continue as an independent business line under a recognizable name," says Theo Aanhane, director of the new business line. He proudly launches the name of the independent division: ’Eurofins Horti’.

In the photo: Jan Hardeman, Joris Driessen, Annelies Mosch, Theo Aanhane, Kal Subramanian

Aanhane says: "The main office of Eurofins Horti is and will remain located in Wageningen. That's where the laboratories are located.  From Wageningen, the Horti customer support department supports growers at home and abroad with all kinds of practical matters. A finely meshed network of samplers and couriers takes care of sampling in the Netherlands and transporting the samples to Wageningen.

"Internationally, Eurofins Horti is also working hard. A dealer network has been set up and there is close cooperation with a growing number of Eurofins service labs. Samples are now in most cases still transported to the Netherlands by couriers. In China, samples are analyzed locally, after which an advice is linked to the data in the Netherlands. A great example of a fast, modern and automated service." 

Ready for the future

Theo Aanhane: "Over the past four years we have worked very hard to 'put our house in order' and to respond to new developments in the sector. We have invested in modern equipment, new systems and new analysis packages.  Research packages such as PlantsapCheck and the analysis of organic fertilizers are good examples of our response to changing and new customer demands.  We are also leading the way with the research package BodemlevenMonitor. After all, with the reduction of chemicals, attention to soil life and resilience is increasingly important. Finally, we have entered into a partnership with the data platform 30MHz. This offers growers the opportunity to get more out of their analysis data."

"But it's not just equipment and methods that have been invested in," he says. "We've also paid a lot of attention to our horti team. We have hired a number of new people, and we also spend a lot of time building new knowledge through training our employees. That way we have a knowledgeable team that knows what's going on in the field."

"We are ready for the future. And that includes a new name," Aanhane concludes. "Worldwide, food production in glass and plastic greenhouses is growing. And also in open cultivation, precision fertilization via an irrigation system linked to an A- and B-bucket is becoming more and more common. Such investments also require regular analyses of the water, soil and crop. Eurofins Horti provides these analyses and the associated advice. In the coming years, we will continue to grow, certainly internationally."