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Arques, top production site for tomatoes north of Paris

17 Apr 2018 | Front page, Health Nutrition, Investment

Thursday, the 11th of April saw the inauguration of the tomato greenhouses of the Belgian investors Vandevelde in Hauts-de-France, the largest production site in the north of France.

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Inauguration and first crop

Last year we announced that the Vandevelde family, with the support of the Reo Veiling cooperative, decided to install a major tomato growing site in greenhouses at Arques, near Saint-Omer.

On Thursday, the 11th of April, the company of Belgian origin inaugurated its site, on the occasion of the first crop of tomatoes!

The largest production site for tomatoes north of Paris

To install its 9.3 hectares of tomato greenhouses, Vandevelde purchased 13 hectares of land at Arques, near Saint-Omer and invested €16 million. The site has a cogeneration unit, producing 4.5 MW of electricity an hour.

This site, the largest in northern France, should make it possible to produce crops of 6,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year (20–25 tonnes a day) and employ 55 people. The tomatoes will be marketed under the brands Nouveaux Producteurs and Eurêka France.

Nord France Invest's role in the project

With the support of SOFIE agency, our local partner, Nord France Invest accompanied the investors through their installation project in Hauts-de-France, especially to find a site and handle administrative procedures.

Learn more about the Agribusiness sector in Hauts-de-France.

Public recognition at the Best Belgian Investor in France Awards

Last month in Brussels Reo Veiling, the cooperative supporting the "Hauts-de-France Greenhouses" project, received the Public Prize, at the Best Belgian Investor in France Awards. Learn more about the Hauts-de-France winners.

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