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Management report

Message from the CEO

Dear growers, shareholders, employees and contacts

Like a fresh potato plant in fertile soil. This is how HZPC Holding is developing. Our company is very healthy and is growing and flourishing. 2016/2017 was a good year for HZPC. What’s more, it was one of the best years in the history of our company.

The operating results are very satisfactory. This applies to sales and turnover, as well as to the volume of seed potatoes sold and the prices we were able to pay to our growers. HZPC’s strategy is, and remains, focused on growth on all fronts.

We hereby take an increasingly active role in the entire chain. Our company introduces new potato varieties and is present in the chain from cultivation, sale and processing, through to the consumer’s plate. We think alongside, and are a partner for, stakeholders such as growers, retailers, manufacturing and retail.

As a company, we try to respond to developments in international markets. Over the years, our company has transformed from a Dutch exporter of seed potatoes into a European player, and subsequently into a global market leader.

We are convinced that potatoes can play a major role in the worldwide demand for food. It is crucial that we make even faster progress with plant breeding and market development in the coming years.

We will succeed because we have a strong, resilient organisation and highly qualified employees. The company acquisitions we have made are integrating well and contribute to an expansion of revenue and profit. The newly introduced organisational structure of a holding with business areas also fits well with our company.

 

We took a big step forward in the past year. There is a solid foundation upon which we can grow in the future. On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to thank all our colleagues and growers around the world for their commitment and their indispensable contribution to this.

 

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Backx, CEO