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Tomato Inspiration announces two keynote speakers

Tomato Inspiration is an important event for international tomato growers being held February 9 in Berlin. It enables prominent tomato companies to meet and inspire each other and raise the sector to an even higher level.

Hein Deprez (Greenyard Horticulture) and GertJan Meeuws (Here, There & Everywhere/Indoor Growing) will be the keynote speakers during the 4th Tomato Inspiration event.

They will be shedding light on current trends and the outlook from now to 2025.

This important event for international tomato growers will be held on February 9 this year in Berlin. The event enables prominent tomato companies to meet and inspire each other and raise the sector to an even higher level.

As it takes place during the week of Fruit Logistica, also in Berlin, a large number of representatives from the worldwide tomato business will be in attendance.

The Tomato Inspiration Event is an annual initiative of HortiBiz, organised with a growing number of partners from the horticultural business.

HortiBiz is proud to present Koppert Biological Systems, Oerlemans Plastics, Priva and Saint Gobain Cultilene as gold sponsors, Axia Vegetable Seeds, Enza Zaden, Monsanto, Svensson and Van Dijk Heating as silver sponsors and GreenTech as content sponsor.

Together they invite the top 100 tomato growers in the world to meet in Berlin at the PURO Skybar.

What will be the fourth edition of this key event will again welcome growers, speakers, partners and press.

This year’s keynote speakers Hein Deprez from Greenyard Horticulture and GertJan Meeuws from Here, There & Everywhere/Indoor Growing, will both try to inspire the attendees in their own way, guiding tomato growers in preparing for the future.

Tomato Inspiration Award

Another high light during the event, is the yearly presentation of the Tomato Inspiration Award.

This award goes to a tomato grower with outstanding performance at a specific level. In 2014 it went to Windset Farms from Canada in the field of marketing and sales, while in 2015, Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands won the award for being the best in crop and process technology.

Last year, during the third edition of the event, the Tomato Inspiration Award was presented to Sundrop Farms from Australia for its innovative and sustainable way of growing tomatoes under difficult conditions.

Also, the audience was asked to choose its favourite out of four nominees. Sundrop Farms was nominated together with APS Salads from the United Kingdom, Flandria brand from Belgium and Zeiler Gemüsevertrieb from Austria.

This year, attendees will once again choose which nominee has inspired them the most and wins the award.

Invitation only

Tomato Inspiration is an invitation only event.

Those who have received a personal invitation should register via as soon as possible because the PURO Skybar has limited capacity.

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Tomato Inspiration Award 2015 won by Duijvestijn Tomaten



The Dutch company Duijvestijn Tomaten has been deemed the best tomato grower in the world in the field of crop and process technology after winning the Tomato Inspiration Award 2015.

The prize was announced in Berlin last Thursday, February 5, during the 2nd edition of the Tomato Inspiration Event, and presented by John Newell, from last year’s winner Windset Farms.

Duijvestijn Tomaten was particularly praised by the jury of experts for its efforts in the field of geothermal energy and development and realization of the ID Kas, a new sustainable and energy-efficient greenhouse concept.

R & L Holt from England finished in second place with its ultra modern Springhill Nurseries.

Houweling’s Tomatoes from Canada and Royal Pride Holland from the Netherlands shared third place, while United Farms from Mexico completed the top 5.

Other nominated companies were Wiig Gartneri from Norway, D’Vine Ripe from Australia, Matysha Maroc from Morocco, Scherzer Gemüse from Germany and RedStar from the Netherlands.

The Tomato Inspiration Event was attended by more than 200 horticultural representatives and among them the top 100 tomato growers in the world, of which 10 were nominated for the award for the world’s most innovative tomato grower in the field of crop and process technology.

The jury consisted of Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson (US), Ep Heuvelink, professor at the chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University (Netherlands),  Stefania De Pascale, professor of horticulture at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) and Tadahisa Higashide, chief researcher at NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science in Tsukkuba (Japan).


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