Agrifood Traction Tour – Netherlands 2019

Noord Brabant, 27-30 August 2019

An exciting networking & learning event to the Netherlands -worlds’ leading agrifood producer- to provide knowledge and output assessment in Dutch agriculture, horticulture, food technology and deal flows. In cooperation with LIB/ZLTO (South Holland Farmers Organisation) AgriFood Traction Tour aims connecting Dutch and Greek farming businesses and paving paths for further cooperation. Participants will enjoy a number of visits mainly at family business facilities, gain insights on Dutch dynamics and have personal contacts & networking opportunities. Tour is addressed to farmers, businesses, financial services, research and the public sector.

In focus

Precision Farming (potatoes), Organics (fruits), Greenhouses (herbs, tomatoes), Livestock farming (dairy, piglets/sows), Nursery (trees, shrubs), Hi-Technology, Cooperatives (research, finance, industry)

Tour skeleton

Tuesday, August 27th 2019: flight to Amsterdam and transfer to Eindhoven

  • Meet and greet at the airport. Check-in and flight to Amsterdam on Aegean Airlines
  • Arrival to Schiphol airport and transfer to Eindhoven
  • Check-in at Pullman Cocagne hotel. Dinner, overnight

Wednesday, August 28th 2019: full day technical visits (1)

  • Visit to Agrifoodplaza at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, South Holland Farmers Organization (ZLTO) headquarters and basis of EntrepreneurLift+, AgriFood Health Innovation Center, AgriFood Capital and Grow Campus.
  • Meetings, presentations, discussion with representatives of the following organizations:
    Noord Brabant Regional Government
    ZLTO (Southern Holland Agricultural & Horticultural Organization)
    Royal FrieslandCampina
    HAS University of Applied Sciences
    LIB Brabant
  • Networking light lunch in Agrifoodplaza
  • Field visits to the following family business facilities:
    De Kruidenaer (cultivation & production of high-quality fresh herbs in greenhouses)
    Natuurlijk Tomaat (cultivation & production of organic tomatoes in greenhouses)
    Van der Meijden (SPF company producing top-quality piglets with 1000 sows)
  • Dinner at Van der Meijden farm.
  • Return to Eindhoven. Overnight.

Thursday, August 29th 2019: full day technical visits (2)

  • Arrival to Eindhoven High Tech Campus, the smartest km² in Europe
  • Visit at (Philips) Signify GrowWise Research Center (city farming production under LED-lighting)

Field visits to the following family business facilities:

  • Van den Borne (southern Holland’s potato farming leader. Precision agriculture specialist)
  • De Ruurhoeve (dairy cows farming, milking and hi-quality cheese production)

Light lunch in De Ruurhoeve

  • Van den Berk Nursery (cultivation and supply of avenue trees, conifers, shaped trees, shrubs etc)
  • Philips Fruitgarden (cultivation and supply of organic fruits: apple, pear and plum orchard)
  • Barbeque dinner with local drinks at Philips Fruitgarden.
  • Return to Eindhoven. Overnight.

Friday, August 30th 2019: Eindhoven-Amsterdam-flight to Greece

  • Departure to Swinkels Family Brewers.
    Bavaria Brewery (since 1719 the 2nd oldest family-owned company in Holland).
    Beer tasting at Bavaria Brewery Café
  • Departure to Amsterdam
  • Flight to Athens and Thessaloniki. End of program

Cost for participation (per person, in €)

  • Twin sharing: 990€
  • Single Occupancy: 1190€
  • Airport taxes are not included

Services Included

  • Air-tickets economy class from Athens or Thessaloniki to Amsterdam & v.v. on Aegean airlines
  • Three nights’ accommodation at premium (4superior class) hotel (city tax included)
  • Full board basis (3 buffet breakfasts, 2 lights luncheons and 3 dinners)
  • Transportation with deluxe motor-coach as per detailed itinerary
  • All technical visits and meetings featuring to the program
  • Geo Routes tour conductor
  • Printing materials
  • VAT

Prices are exempted of: airport taxes (90€), personal expenses, unless otherwise stated drinks/beverages during the meals, tips and anything not explicitly stated above to the services included list.

Why Attend

  • Gain insights on the Dutch agriculture, horticulture, food technology and deal flows
  • Listen to first class farmers, cooperatives and agrifood dynamics of the Netherlands
  • Meet agribusiness leaders, agtech innovators, farmers and producers
  • Explore your potentials through expanding horizons from the Dutch agrifood systems
  • Establish connections and potential cooperation with Dutch family business and SMEs
  • Boost your corporate outreach to a designated audience of farmers, businesses, financial services, research, academia and the public sector

Hotel accommodation: Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne – 4sup stars

Pullman Eindhoven is located in the downtown of the vibrant City of Light, Eindhoven which the rooms (24sqm) offer coffee/tea machine, free Wi-Fi, Ambilight TV, Air conditioning, Minibar, Bath, Optimal acoustic isolation, Blackout curtains, 24hrs room service, Iron and Iron board, Laptop safebox with power outlet, Keycard-operated door locks and bath amenities. The fitness center is free for its guests, including 2 saunas, an indoor swimming pool, a solarium, and gym equipment.

The flights - Aegean AIrlines

a) Departure ex. Athens

ATH-AMS, A3626, 13:15-15:45, 3h40m

AMS-ATH, A3627, 16:35-20:50, 3h15m

b) Departure ex. Thessaloniki

SKG-ATH, A37111, 11:25-12:15, 0h50m

ATH-AMS, A3626, 13:15-15:45, 3h40m

AMS-ATH, A3627, 16:35-20:50, 3h15m

ATH-SKG, A37132, 22:00-22:55, 0h55m

Important Remarks

  1. Presentations and onsite visits will be in English with translation to Greek
  2. Participation to the program requires 50% deposit upon registration and 50% final payment on/before July 10th 2019. Participants should need to provide copies of payment at
  3. For reservations it is required at completing and emailing the booking form at and furthermore accepting the terms and conditions explicitly stated to the booking form
  4. The final itinerary will be provided to the participants upon final payment
  5. Program is subject to changes and modifications
  6. For travelling to the Netherlands it is required a valid passport or an ID card of Greek/Latin characters