Our procurement forms an important part of our entire process and is handled by a separate subsidiary company, 4-Process Trading BV. This subsidiary company is located on the same property in De Lier, in the very heart of horticulture in the Netherlands.
The force and additional benefit that drive this arrangement is the direct connection of growers to vegetable preparation businesses. This puts us in a position to purchase very precisely (source) based on client specifications. You tell us your wants and needs and we find the right growers for it. This way, you know for sure that you are getting what you need.
4-Process trading strives to establish long-term relationships with the growers, so that supply, freshness, and stable prices can always be guaranteed. For example, we have a standing collaboration with a Spanish pepper grower who grows for Snijpunt according to specifications that have been arranged. By making the same arrangements with a Moroccan grower in conjunction with this existing collaboration we create a smooth overlap between seasons. This kind of collaboration ensures that we can have control over the availability of certain products. Additionally, it provides a certain protection in the event of a disaster, such as drought or flood.
Another way to continue meeting your needs is by doing our best to have the Spanish pepper-growing area grow along with the annual sales at Snijpunt. This area consists of a combination of early and late planting, so that we can bridge the qualitatively poor season, from February to April, with a suitably fresh product.