We are excited to share with you that four of the HDG Survey Group companies (HDG The Fruit Consultants, Fruitify Experts, HDG Germany and Agri Software) have been found to conform to the standard NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015. This certificate applies to: Conducting quality checks and surveys in the field of fresh fruit and vegetables and the development and sales of quality control software.
Quality controller Rinus Bergakker from HDG The Fruit Consultants and Ruby van Wijk, KAM coordinator at HDG Survey Group, share more about their roles.
Rinus says: "SO 9001 is a quality management system that allows us to continuously check our processes and to improve every year. My role was in the calibration of our measuring instruments. We base our reports on the outcome of these tools, so reliability is key. All our equipment must be spot on, all the time!"
Ruby adds: "We are very proud that we received no notes or majors on our documents. Our goal is to continuously optimize our processes for our clients and our colleagues, to make sure we can provide them with the best end result."
All of our colleagues have worked hard to make this happen, we are very happy with this team effort!
Great news! The HDG Survey Group and the Fruit Tech Campus have entered into a partnership in order to jointly develop an international quality management program.
The Fruit Tech Campus aims to renew fruit education in the Netherlands and guarantee the position of fruit cultivation. They do so by developing courses and educational programs for the the fresh produce sector where basic knowledge about fruit cultivation meets data and technology.
Together we will be working on creating the 'Quality Management Academy', where we will be teaching more about the quality of products in different courses. The quality management process, labeling of products and knowledge of cultivation are the basis of our joint academy. We are delighted to have this collaboration set up and we are excited to see what the future brings!
This time we meet Guven Sevinmez, Quality Inspector
Guven has been working in the AGF branche for 8 years. In 2019 he started his job at Fruitify Experts as Quality Inspector.
Guven is 29 years old. He is married and has a little daughter. His hobbies are soccer, fitness, gaming and going on vacation.
At Fruitify Experts he is our man of the location The Greenery, Barendrecht. Together with his team, he is responsible for the inspection of fruit in this cold store. What Guven likes most about working at Fruitify? To have daily contact with the customers, being at work both in the cold store and in the office and he likes to have responsibility.
Guvens motto is: the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
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We celebrate our 10 year anniversary! It is great to look back to the beginning and see where we are now. However, this milestone in our existence would not be possible without the trust of our customers, our fantastic team and the support of our families. Thanks!
The next team member to meet is Jacco van der Wouden, Quality Inspector
Jacco has been working in the fruit and vegetable sector for 17 years. Until 2018, he worked at Bio Center Zann. After this job he started at Fruitify Experts as Quality Inspector.
He is 48 years old, lives in Gouda together with his girlfriend Simone. Jacco has a 16 year old daughter and a 25 year old stepson. Jacco likes to play football and hang out with friends. But also eating out at a restaurant and going on vacation.
At Fruitify Experts he works most of the time at our location Americold in ‘s Gravenzande. What Jacco likes most about working at Fruitify? Every day is different. Also being at work both in the cold store and in the office. This makes the job of quality inspector diverse. And last but not least: the fruit and vegetable sector is very interesting.
His motto: the customer is king.
This time we meet Robin Rapmund, Quality Inspector
This time we meet Robin Rapmund. In September 2017 Robin started to work as quality inspector at Fruitify Experts.
He is 34 years old and lives together with his girlfriend since 2021. His hobbies are: football, basketball, Formula 1, going to the movies, gaming and chilling with friends.
Robin has attended various courses at N&S. In the future he would like to learn more about the cultivation of fruit. Also claim handling has his interest and he is prepared to follow a study for this.
What he likes the most about working at Fruitify Experts? To have contact with different clients and the diversity of the work. As quality inspector you have to do a proper quality check of the fruit in the coldstore, but you also make the quality report behind your desk.
Robin is our colleague who we can deploy at different locations. He works at our location at 's Gravenzande, but you can also find him in the coldstore at Breda. Everywhere he is in his place.
Thanks for your support!
Last Saturday we cycled 100 km to raise money for sustainable water supply in Ethiopia. It was great to do this with a part of our team!
This time we meet Philip Boermans, Quality Inspector.
Philip is 47 years old, married and has 2 children. His hobbies are cycling in the forest and in the windy Dutch polders. Furthermore he likes to go out into the nature with his familiy. Philip started his career at Messrs FTK in Bleiswijk, which used to be one of the leading importers of exotics.
At Fruitify Experts Philip works as Quality Inspector, but he is also the trainer of our new colleagues. He followed various studies on quality assurance of fruit and vegetables. He also followed a course at the University of UC Davis in Ripening Fruit. The latest study -Refrigerated Technology Course- was at the University of Wageningen.
Philip enjoys his job at Fruitify, because it is international business and he likes the diversity of the job (sitting all day on a chair is not his kind of thing). He likes to work with fruit. Somehow every day there is a moment that he realises what a miracle it is how the fruit grows.
And last but not least: at Fruitify Experts we have a great team with a lot of experience, so we can still learn a lot of each other.
The next introduction of one of our team members is Hans Troost, Senior-Surveyor
Hans is 57 years old, married and lives in Stellendam. His hobbies are walking with his 2 dogs, gardening, traveling and photography. He started his career at Messrs FTK in Bleiswijk which used to be one of the leading importers of exotics.
In 2012 Hans joined a brand new company with the name HDG Services, which has now grown into a leading company in the expertise world named Fruitify Experts.
Hans followed various studies on quality assurance of fruit and vegetables. The latest study – Refrigerated Technology Course - was at the University of Wageningen. Also due to various trips to production areas of grapes, citrus etc. his pre-harvest knowledge has increased enormously.
What Hans likes most about his job? Working with international contacts from all over the world, giving them consultancy and to share information with each other and also with the whole Fruitify Experts team. The wide range of products which need to be inspected is also what he likes very much. Every day is a challenge!
Hans’ motto is: less words but more actions.
This time we meet Ruby van Wijk, Office Manager
Ruby is 28 years old, she lives in Berkel en Rodenrijs with her partner and cat. They are currently busy preparing things for their move to Bergschenhoek in March. In her spare time Ruby likes to go for a walk and hang out with friends.
Ruby has been working as Office Manager at Fruitify Experts since 2018. On a daily basis, she takes care of the planning of the quality controls, the invoicing of the QC’s and other associated administrative tasks. Ruby is also KAM-coördianator and involved in the ISO certification of Fruitify Experts. Furthermore she fulfills a large part of the HR tasks within Fruitify Experts. This autum she will start a subsequent training for HR. Ruby really enjoys the diversity of her work and working with her colleagues!
Ruby’s motto: Where there is a will, there is a way.
Let's continue with the introduction of our team. This time Alexander Veltman, Senior-surveyor and Planner
Alexander is 48 years old, married and has 4 children and also 1 grandchild. He started his career as junior QC at Messrs The Greenery in Kampen in 1992.
Alexander followed various studies on quality assurance of fruit and vegetables. The latest study was at Wageningen University, provided by UC-Davis from California. The last few years, Alexander is also the person who takes care of the planning within the company. It is very challenging, but also a nice job to ensure the best planning for the complete team at all the different locations every day.
What he likes most about his job? Working with international contacts from all over the world. In addition working in a team as part of the team, to ensure that we get the job done every day.
Alexander's motto is: Don't think in terms of problems, but in terms of solutions.
Let's introduce our team to you. We start with Leander van Bellen, Managing Director
Leander started HDG Services in 2012.
Leander is 49 years old, married and has 4 children. He started his career as junior QC at Messrs Citronas in Rotterdam in 1991. He became registered surveyor in 2007 which is officially acknowledged by the Dutch Institute of Registered Surveyors ( NIVRE). Leander is currently studying next to his full time job. He is doing a MBA at the Business University of Nyenrode that specializes in Business & Sustainable Transitions. In his spare time Leander likes to sail or work in the garden.
What he likes most about his job? Every day is different! The international contacts and the constant changes in the branche bring out the best in him. It’s also great to see employees develop into independent experts.
Leander’s motto is : We guarantee quality, no matter what!
Fruitify Experts sponsors Mirriam house in Paarl, South Africa. In the heart of Mbekweni, a township on the outskirts of Paarl, lives quite an extraordinary family. It is here where one mother and her twenty children optimize the core value of being a family: unconditional love.
Mirriam serves them on a daily basis proving food, shelter, clothes, schooling and love. We as Fruitify Experts were very happy that we were able to hand over a cheque to ‘Uncle Christo’ from The Grape community. They are fund and manage the house. It was so great to speak with Mirriam in person and to see what she is doing for those kids.