Cornelis Vrolijk makes a move on Dutch processor

Published on
February 28, 2018

The Netherlands-based, family-owned fishing company Cornelis Vrolijk has signed a letter of intent outlining its plan to purchase the majority of the shares of Bertus-Dekker Seafood BV, a fish processing company also based in IJmuiden.

According to Managing Director Annerieke Vrolijk, the move is aimed at further strengthening the company within the fish supply chain. 

“Bertus-Dekker Seafood BV is a modern company with a solid position in the sale of demersal, specifically flatfish species. The activities of Bertus-Dekker will fit in well with the demersal activities of the Cornelis Vrolijk group, via our subsidiary company Jaczon. Through this partnership, we will be taking the next step on the road to supply chain integration, from ship to shelf. We will continue to supply a high-quality product, caught in a sustainable way, with traceable origin,” said Vrolijk.

Bertus-Dekker’is also excited about the development, according to Arie and Rick Ouwehand, who will both continue to form the processor’s management following the proposed share transaction.

Cornelis Vrolijk said the goal is to allow Bertus-Dekker to continue its activities as an independent operating company, and wherever possible utilize and further strengthen opportunities for synergy between the two companies. 

The proposed transaction is subject to a number of conditions.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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