Although the history of Koppert Cress goes back to 1987, the major growth and success were initiated when Rob Baan took over the company in July 2002. Rob not only changed the name of the company to ‘Koppert Cress’, he also had a vision and a drive to do things differently. With a long experience as a professional traveller, Rob came into contact with many cultures, ingredients and food habits. Being a passionate home-cooking chef himself, he was able to link his business knowledge from the seed industry with the culinary treasures he encountered on his travels.
Koppert Cress specializes in cresses; seedlings of unique plants, which each have their own specific effect on the senses. Flavour, fragrance, feel or presentation, there is a cress for all. And the assortment is widening. Every year at least one new item is added to the collection of Micro-vegetables. A collection, which is presented as ‘Architecture Aromatique’.
In 2006, the greenhouses, located in Monster in the Dutch ‘Westland’ area, were expanded to 1.7 ha and a brand new section was added to the facilities. After a grand opening, the company is now able to cope with the considerable growth experienced in the past years and the increasing interest. An interest that is stimulated on-site in the ‘Cressperience’.
Koppert Cress has a direct approach of these users, to ensure awareness and create demand for its unique products. Cressperience is a meeting room with demonstration kitchen, where chefs are introduced to the products and can experiment on end with them.Every day, more than 50 motivated staff of Koppert Cress supply the Dutch traders and wholesalers, who in turn distribute the micro-vegetables all over Europe and beyond. The end users of the products are mainly chefs, restaurants, caterers, hotels and food services. Reliable supply of the fresh and tasteful ingredients allows chefs to be creative and surprise their guests.
Since January 2007, Koppert Cress is also offering its products in the USA. In October last year special greenhouses were prepared on Long Island to generate a reliable supply of fresh produce. Co-operation and partnership with fruit and vegetable wholesalers guarantees the distribution over the entire US.
In recent years the company has received several rewards, recognizing the innovative approach of the product and the market. Twice the ‘AGF innovation award’ was presented to Koppert Cress. A prestigious biannual award given by a jury of peers in the Dutch vegetable industry. But also the gastronomic world has learned about the achievements of Koppert Cress and come to appreciate its products.
For Rob Baan, after receiving the title ‘Honourable member of Les Amis Saisonnier’ by ‘Culinaire Saisonnier’, and being elected ‘Man of the Year’ by the Dutch trade magazine ‘Vakblad AGF’, the international recognition came with the coveted ‘Premo Internacional Martiko a la callidad del producto’, given to him, at the ‘Lo Mejor de la Gastrononia’ in San Sebastian.
If you are interested in purchasing our products, and you are familiar with the gastronomic suppliers, than you will always be able to find our collection at wholesalers suchs as Hanos, Metro/Makro, ISPC , Kweker and VEN/SLIGRO. Our cresses are also available from specialized green grocers and in various wholesale markets such as Barendrecht (e.g. Rungis), Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
If you are interested in other aspects of our company than it is also possible to contact us directly by phone or by using the form on the contact page. We put great value in getting in touch with you personally and therefor we are present in many exhibtions, culinary happenings and demonstrations.