History

30’s
Willem de Groot (first generation) starts trading in potatoes, vegetables and fruit from his home in Kerkdriel.

1950
The local market is serviced with “De Kleine Winst” by delivering potatoes, vegetables and fruit with horse and carriage.

1951
Leonard de Groot (second generation) joins the family business.

1957
Marius de Groot (second generation) joins the family business.

1961
Creation of a private company, the company name changes to De Groot & Zn BV.

1972
First generation Willem de Groot passes away. The brothers Leonard and Marius take over and change the company name to Gebr. De Groot BV.

1983
William de Groot (third generation) joins the family company.

1984
Moving of the company from Kerkdriel to a new location in Hedel.

1984
Creation of De Groot Chili, a local sourcing office to get to in touch with the best products of the South-American market so De Groot International can grow to become one of the largest importers of Europe from South America.

1985
Ben de Groot (third generation) joins the family company.

1987

The company focus has shifted more towards the international market, and the name is changed to De Groot International BV.

1991
Marius de Groot and his sons William and Ben are the new board members. Leonard de Groot leaves the company and has an early retirement.

1993
Creation of Hortim Czech Republic sales office to control the market in East-European countries.

1997
Creation of transport company Global Logistics Holland BV.

1998
De Groot International acquires an interest in Van Dommele in Breda, a company specialized in citrus fruits and bananas.

2000
Founding of De Groot China, a local sourcing office to get in touch with the best products of the Asian market.

2000
De Groot International sells their minority interest to Hortim Czech Republic to Fyffes.

2005
2nd generation Marius de Groot steps back, but stays on as an advisor. Investment Company Halder (GIMV) gains an interest in De Groot International.

2006
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Kooij Antwerp, a company specialized in the riping of bananas.

2007
Founding of DG Fruit UK, a local enterprise for the market in the United Kingdom.

2007
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Borgers Bananas in Veenoord, an in- and export company specialized in the riping of bananas.

2009
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Alexport.

2011
Ben and William de Groot buy back all the shares from the Investment Company Halder (GIMV).
De Groot International is a full family company again.

2011
De Groot International sells the majority interest in Alexport.

2012
De Groot International takes over all the shares from Kooij Antwerp.

2013
DG UK moves to a new corporate building in Croydon, in the vicinity of London. Goal is to supply the Retail, Food Service and Wholesales in England.

2014
Founding of De Groot Bananas. Start of the expansion of the building in Hedel with the adding of the new banana riping division.

2016
The new riping division is opened and fully operational. The Cash & Carry in Hedel is renovated to improve the service to the customers.

 

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