Leading US blueberry firm Fall Creek has purchased Dutch-based nursery company Driesvenplant.
Driesvenplant’s employees will join the Fall Creek team effective immediately, with Leon Driessen to serve as northern Europe operations manager and Marcel Driessen as technical advisor. Driesvenplant employees Ronnie Kersten and Bas Heijnen will join Fall Creek’s European sales and customer service team.
“We are humbled and inspired by the opportunity to join forces with Driesvenplant,” said Fall Creek chief operations officer Oscar Verges.
“Their knowledge and experience will strengthen our capability to deliver the very best in new varieties, plants, services and technical advancements to the growers throughout greater Europe. The Driessen family and their professional team, along with ours, are committed to a successful transition."
The acquisition comes after a long association between the two companies, which dates back to the early 1980s when Fall Creek sold its first order of plants to the Driessen family.
“What started out as Fall Creek selling plants to Driesvenplant years ago has evolved into a lasting friendship and a collaboration between our companies to serve Northern and Eastern Europe’s commercial blueberry industry with Fall Creek’s genetics and plants grown by Driesvenplant,” explained Fall Creek president and founder Dave Brazelton. “This enduring relationship has led to Driesvenplant joining Fall Creek.”