Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands is the best tomato grower in the world in the field of Crop & Process Technology. On Thursday February 5th the company was declared winner of the Tomato Inspiration Award 2015. It was announced during the 2nd edition of the Tomato Inspiration Event in Berlin.
John Newell of last year’s winner Windset Farms presented the award to Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands. Duijvestijn Tomaten was particularly praised by the jury for their efforts in the field of geothermal energy and for the development and realization of the ID Kas, a new sustainable and energy-efficient greenhouse concept.
Over 200 horticultural representatives attended the Tomato Inspiration Event. Amongst them the top 100 tomato growers in the world. Ten of them were nominated as world’s most innovative tomato grower in the field of Crop & Proccess Technology. The jury consisted of Gene Giacomelli , the director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson (USA), Ep Heuvelink, professor at the chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University (Netherlands), Stefania De Pascale, professor of horticulture at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) and Tadahisa Higashide, chief researcher at NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science in Tsukkuba (Japan).
R & L Holt from England finished in second place with their ultra modern Springhill Nurseries. Houweling’s Tomatoes from Canada en Royal Pride Holland from the Netherlands share a third place, while United Farms from Mexico completes the top 5. Other nominated companies were Wiig Gartneri from Norway, D’Vine Ripe from Australia, Matysha Maroc from Morocco, Scherzer Gemüse from Germany and RedStar from the Netherlands.