Sep. 18, 2017
During the weekend of September 8-10, Biobest celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a series of events in and around its Westerlo headquarters. Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest CEO: “We’ve organized this celebration in honor of all the people who helped build Biobest into a leading global pollination and biocontrol company. Biobest founder Dr. Roland De Jonghe, father of commercial bumblebee rearing, endowed his team with a pioneering spirit. A large number of loyal customers and dedicated co-workers share the merits for a unique story of 30 years uninterrupted growth. Hence, an invitation to these people and their families, to celebrate, was well deserved.” More than 1500 people participated in the celebration weekend, and shared the drive to make Biobest even stronger to keep advancing towards a more sustainable agriculture.
Biobest’s international distributors gathered for international distributor days in Antwerp on Friday and Saturday. The event combined information exchange with time for networking and leisure activities. The group included a number of representatives from Biobest affiliates in various countries where Biobest has set up direct distribution activities. This group joined the Biobest employees for a huge birthday party in a festive tent, set-up at the site of the Biobest headquarters in Westerlo. Activities continued on Sunday, with an event for customers, employees and their families attended by around 1.000 people. A company tour, with supporting video presentations, a lot of activities for children, and of course, food and drinks were some of the key ingredients of a highly appreciated closing day.
Visitors also had the opportunity to visit the renovated offices. A major renovation had been undertaken to upgrade the Biobest offices, which had been completed just-in-time for the 30 years event.
CEO Jean-Marc Vandoorne: Thanks to our continued growth, there is a strong need but also the capability to invest in improved facilities. The new office floor at our headquarters is an important step that will enable us to further enhance our standards of service. We also have an ambitious program laid out for continued investments in our factories in Belgium and abroad. We are confident that this investment program will allow us to deal with a double challenge: keep up with rapidly growing demand and achieve a high standard of reliability of our production systems and supply chain. Our customers are counting on us to provide solutions allowing them to sustainably grow the healthy, high quality product that consumers expect. We are determined to help them succeed.