Willem de Groot (first generation) starts trading in potatoes, vegetables and fruit from his home in Kerkdriel.
The local market is serviced with “De Kleine Winst” by delivering potatoes, vegetables and fruit with horse and carriage.
Leonard de Groot (second generation) joins the family business.
Marius de Groot (second generation) joins the family business.
Creation of a private company, the company name changes to De Groot & Zn BV.
First generation Willem de Groot passes away. The brothers Leonard and Marius take over and change the company name to Gebr. De Groot BV.
William de Groot (third generation) joins the family company.
Moving of the company from Kerkdriel to a new location in Hedel.
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.
Ben de Groot (third generation) joins the family company.
The company focus has shifted more towards the international market, and the name is changed to De Groot International BV.
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.
Creation of Hortim Czech Republic sales office to control the market in East-European countries.
Creation of transport company Global Logistics Holland BV.
De Groot International acquires an interest in Van Dommele in Breda, a company specialized in citrus fruits and bananas.
Founding of De Groot China, a local sourcing office to get in touch with the best products of the Asian market.
De Groot International sells their minority interest to Hortim Czech Republic to Fyffes.
2nd generation Marius de Groot steps back, but stays on as an advisor. Investment Company Halder (GIMV) gains an interest in De Groot International.
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Kooij Antwerp, a company specialized in the riping of bananas.
Founding of DG Fruit UK, a local enterprise for the market in the United Kingdom.
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Borgers Bananas in Veenoord, an in- and export company specialized in the riping of bananas.
De Groot International gains a majority interest in Alexport.
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.
De Groot International sells the majority interest in Alexport.
De Groot International takes over all the shares from Kooij Antwerp.
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.
Founding of De Groot Bananas. Start of the expansion of the building in Hedel with the adding of the new banana riping division.
The new riping division is opened and fully operational. The Cash & Carry in Hedel is renovated to improve the service to the customers.