On March 15th 2012 Okechamp SA finalised the transaction of taking over the remaining 35% of the shares of F&F Europe BV, the Dutch manufacturer of frozen mushrooms. In November 2008, Okechamp SA acquired the controlling interest of 65% of the shares of this company from the former owner, Jothima N.V.
Effective 1 April 2012 Paul Smits will be the new Managing Director for Fancom BV in Panningen. In his new position Paul brings with him extensive experience and knowledge of the agricultural business.
Bert and Angelique Kemmeren, mushroomproducers and husband and wife in the Dutch village of Rijsbergen, were handed over the first Fair Produce certificate by Dutch Minister of Social Affairs Henk Kamp. The minister visited the Kemmeren farm for the occasion on Monday the 27th of February.
With great sadness and profound regret, the Giorgi family announces that Frederick J. Giorgi, 81, of Muhlenberg Township died on February 18, 2012 of natural causes at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient since January.
In 2011 Walkro Compost managed to produce 415.000 tonnes of spawn run compost at 3 production locations in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. According to Walkro, they are now the first compost producer worldwide breaking the barrier of 400.000 tonnes in one year.
The recent acquisition of Sussex Mushrooms by Irish mushroom giant Monaghan Mushrooms has been approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Therefore the transition from Sussex Mushrooms to Thakeham Mushrooms is now official.
Coenegrachts Substrates, located in Riemst, Belgium, will expand its phase III capacity from 400 tonnes to 720 tonnes weekly. A phase I facility is also being built and will go into production in September 2012.
Drinkwaters Mushrooms were in full flow at the Conservative Party Conference this week and rubbing shoulders with some high profile figures. It was the first time Drinkwaters have been involved in such an event.