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Vanoirbeek to head Belgium’s VBT

Luc Vanoirbeek has been named as the successor to Philippe Appeltans at the helm of the Belgian association of horticultural cooperatives

Vanoirbeek to head Belgium’s VBT

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Luc Vanoirbeek, spokesperson for the Belgian farmers’ union, the Boerenbond, is set to become the new secretary general of the Federation of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives (VBT), according to a report in Vilt.

On 1 October, Vanoirbeek will take over from Philippe Appeltans, who has been chosen as the new CEO of Belgium’s largest auction, BelOrta.

"I see it as a logical continuation of my career,” said Vanoirbeek. “After all, I have a great faith in cooperatives, something that is also in Boerenbond's DNA, to strengthen the farmer's position by working together."

Luc Vanoirbeek has a long track record at Boerenbond, according to Vilt. Having started at Groene Kring 32 years ago, where he became chairman, Vanoirbeek moved to the Boerenbond to work as a social adviser on employment and seasonal work.

He became the provincial secretary for Limburg and a consultant for fruit growing. In 2007, he again held the position as advisor, first for the horticulture sector, then for international relations.

On 1 November last year, Vanoirbeek succeeded Anne-Marie Vangeenberghe as spokesperson for Boerenbond. 

"In that sense, my switch is somewhat surprising,” he said. “But some opportunities do not happen every year, hence my decision."

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