Greenyard was established in 1987 by Hein Deprez and has since grown into one of the largest suppliers of fruit & vegetables in the world. Today, the company is still a family-owned business that is publicly traded and listed on Euronext Brussels. This combination ensures stability and a long-term vision for the future.
Hein Deprez starts a mushroom farm in Belsele.
Hein Deprez establishes UNIVEG.
UNIVEG becomes active outside Belgium.
Veerle Deprez buys 33 % of frozen vegetable producer Pinguin, a publicly traded company.
UNIVEG acquires its Dutch competitor Bakker Barendrecht, with a turnover of 450 million euro. UNIVEG doubles its turnover.
UNIVEG acquires the Italian company Bocchi, with a turnover of 900 million euro.
Hein Deprez incorporates his potting soil activities in the PeatInvest holding.
The Deprez family now has the majority at Pinguin, which acquires Lutosa, a potato processing company.
Following a new acquisition, UNIVEG now reaches a turnover of 3 billion euro.
Via PinguinLutosa, Hein Deprez acquires Scana Noliko, a Belgian producer of preserved vegetables. He becomes CEO of PinguinLutosa, with a turnover of 750 million euro.
Deprez removes his plantations in South America, South Africa and Turkey from UNIVEG and makes them independent.
Deprez increases his share in PinguinLutosa to 42 %. It is now called Greenyard Foods.
Hein Deprez merges UNIVEG , Greenyard Foods and PeatInvest into Greenyard, a unique leader in fruit and vegetables.
With a total workforce of 9,000 people in 27 countries across the world, Greenyard realizes a combined turnover of more than € 4 billion.
Greenyard sells its Horticulture segment to Straco.
Hein Deprez and Marc Zwaaneveld jointly share the role of CEO.