Gaston Verduyn starts growing vegetables in greenhouses and in open air in Kortemark
Start of the cutting business (hand-cut vegetables)
First investments in vegetable cutters, contacts with vegetable growers in the region
Daniel Verduyn joins the family company and starts prospecting in the French market.
Investments in new premises for the processing of salsify for industrial use and the storage of winter vegetables. The production facilities are further expanded and the machines upgraded.
The carrot harvest in full progress.
Verduyn acquires Segor in Kortemark, and a first fresh vegetable branch (packed carrots).
One year after the acquisition of Segakor, a new production facility for the fresh market carrot production is delivered.
Construction of a new cooling unit and plant for fresh market production, investments in water purification, acquisition of various other companies (Campion, Van Meijel, Veco), establishment of a sales office in Northern France, opening of an own carrot washing facility in Abbéville, start of close cooperation with French farmers.
A misty morning in the summer of 1998. Carrots for industrial processing are ferried to and fro.
A photo of the production lines before 1999. At the time, the machines were not yet equipped with optical scanners and all vegetables had to be manually checked.
Photo of the celery harvest around 2000.
Investments in computer-controlled sorting machines, optical sorting, automatic packaging and loading. Expansion of the production plant, construction of loading bags, offices and a cooling unit.
Aerial photo of the company's premises in the spring of 2005. The FoodService and FreshMarket production facilities were still located in separate buildings at the time. The lagoons and central well have since made way for modern water purification installations.
Investments in washing installations, peeling and cutting lines and implementation of new IT infrastructure. Establishment of Verduyn France and Verduyn Spain. Launch of the partnership with Expandis Laon and construction of a first cold store in Arras.
In 2012, the packaging warehouse was built and delivered.
Opening of a cold store for 9,000 crates in Waremme, Haspengouw.