Ruud van Schie is left with mixed feelings after he and his wife Annelies van Schie sold all their shares in the companies Ruud van Schie BV and Van Schie Vastgoed BV to AC Hartman in Sexbierum on 1 January 2016. The companies supply products under the brand name Greenshield.
“Good news,” says Ruud van Schie, “because my health meant that decisions had to be made for the future of our greenhouse horticultural company. We began looking for a company that would match us and the existing company, and in Hartman, we have found the perfect solution. Hartman is a well-organised and highly-experienced company with sites in Friesland and Drenthe. Due to high demand from their customers for organic products, they were looking to rapidly extend production capacity.”
The acquisition of the shares by A.C. Hartman has resulted in a company with 18 hectares dedicated to production. Hartman is now one of the largest players in the organic horticultural market, with many regular customers and extensive packaging capabilities.
According to Hille Bergstra, from A.C. Hartman, “Ruud van Schie BV and Van Schie Vastgoed BV are built on solid economic foundations. The company has more than 19 years’ experience in organic farming, principally as a producer of organic peppers and tomatoes. There is also a sound base of permanent employees who want to continue organic farming. We are therefore taking over these permanent employees of the company, who will continue working at the site in Ens.”
Ruud van Schie: “All good things come to an end. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, so I don’t have many options except to slow down to protect my health. We will make every effort to transfer the production in Ens smoothly, so that the planned cultivation can continue undisturbed. Sales will continue to be organised by Nautilus Organic, the farmer’s cooperative. It’s obviously painful, as if we’ve had to let our fourth child go. Annelies, myself and a permanent group of employees worked hard together and built this company from scratch. At the same time, it’s also reassuring that its future is now guaranteed and that the organic cultivation and employment of our loyal employees can continue. The company is in good hands with Hartman.”