South meets North

06 November 2006

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Nanne with Dave at Island Horticulture in his crop of Carmen.

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Nanne with Steve McArthur in Dave's crop of Carmen.

Today Nanne Veldhuyzen van Zanten - Nickerson-Zwaans' Sales Manager for the Benelux region called into the Vigour office in Christchurch while on vacation here in New Zealand. Nanne took a few hours out to visit some New Zealand vegetable producers in the Canterbury Plains and viewed Nickerson-Zwaans trial site, along with commercial production of onions, carrots and greenhouse cucumbers.

Nanne was impressed by the professionalism of the New Zealand growers and also the hospitality shown to them during their visit to New Zealand. New Zealand growers when in Europe often visit the Nickerson-Zwaan open days in The Netherlands which are held at the end of September each year. Nannes visit allowed him a better understanding of our market and environmental conditions, further enhancing Nickerson-Zwaans breeding efforts, especially in the onions that they are adapting for New Zealand production.

Nanne also has responsibility for product development in Scandinavia. He can now lay claim to having visited both the most Southern and Northern commercial vegetable production regions in the world.