Maasdijk - Govert Beekenkamp, founder of Plantenkwekerij Beekenkamp (Beekenkamp Plant Nursery) and the Beekenkamp Group in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, passed away on February 8, 2017 at the age of 88. The horticulture branch has lost an entrepreneur in heart and soul, as well as a pioneer in vegetable and ornamental plant production. The Beekenkamp Group has lost a great inspirer, who was still actively involved in the daily developments of the family business.
Born in 1928, Govert Beekenkamp started his horticultural career at the Tuindersweg in Maasdijk in 1951, on approximately 1.5 hectares of land which held two graperies. A few years later, he applied himself to the cultivation of young plants, which was the start of Plantenkwekerij Beekenkamp. His vision on innovation, his tireless devotion, and his dedication to the business resulted in the development of a remarkable, successful company.
At the age of 67, Govert Beekenkamp stopped his active role in the company, allowing him the opportunity to enjoy many years of retirement with his wife. At the end of the year 2000 he passed the running of the business to his daughters An and Margriet. An and her brother-in-law Peter Persoon now manage the Beekenkamp Group with passion and determination.
Beekenkamp Groep employees will always remember Govert Beekenkamp as a true entrepreneur.
An expert jury, made up of representatives from all trade sectors, nominated the BE-Cube pallet box system for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2017 from more than 60 candidates. During the Fruit Logistica, which is being held in Berlin from 8 to 10 February 2017, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will present the new BE-Cube pallet box system to an international public at the special exhibition for all 10 nominated innovations (between halls 20 and 21). Visitors to the Fruit Logistica will be invited to vote for their favourite innovation of 2017.
Beekenkamp Verpakkingen has introduced a new one-metre strawberry substrate trough with a volume of around 15 litres as a successor to the existing black 14-litre version.
The type 7321 15-litre strawberry substrate trough, measuring one metre in length, can be used in both gutters and on racks.
Beekenkamp Verpakkingen has developed a new 66-hole strawberry tray for cultivating everbearing species of strawberry plants. The 66-hole tray, type 7316 has a square, 60cc cup.
Everbearing species of plants start as very compact, so they only require a small cup capacity. The small cup capacity of the 66-hole makes the plant more manageable, because the fertilisers and water content can be refreshed more often.