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History

UNIVEG was founded in Belgium in 1987 by Hein Deprez. In 1983 he started producing mushrooms, followed by washing, cutting and packing of vegetables. This period saw the first contacts with the large supermarkets, setting a pattern that has been followed ever since.

Expansion and internationalisation

The period 1990-2005 saw the internationalisation of the UNIVEG Group, with the acquisition of various agricultural operations and the takeover of more than 10 other companies in the chain of processing, logistics and distribution. As part of its expansion UNIVEG began to set up various subsidiaries.

Consolidation and growth

In 2005 the Dutch company Bakker Barendrecht was acquired, followed in 2006 by the merger with the Bocchi Group. As a result, UNIVEG quadrupled its volume and acquired a strategic presence in four continents.

Leadership

In 2007 UNIVEG reached an agreement with Katopé to acquire its shares and merged the Katopé Group with the UNIVEG Group. Katopé is a leader in production and distribution of exotic fruit, specialities and high added value products.
In the same year an agreement with Alara was reached to join the UNIVEG Group. This leading Turkish company is the biggest fresh fig exporter in the world and the most important exporter of cherries to Europe.

On 19 August 2008 Atlanta AG, Chiquita's wholly-owned German distribution business was acquired. The UNIVEG Group offers a unique international network for delivery and distribution of fresh produce, flowers & plants and convenience products and provides the full spectrum of fruit and vegetables and related services to a broad European customer base. Through this acquisition, UNIVEG and Atlanta combined know-how to further develop the German and Austrian retail market as a complete fresh produce solution provider.

The UNIVEG Group has logistic subsidiaries all over Europe to serve its customers. 30 years after its formation, the objectives and the philosophy remain the same, but on a vastly greater scale. UNIVEG is now present in 27 countries worldwide.
The strength of the UNIVEG Group derives from the flexibility and diversity of its separate entities.

More information about UNIVEG's latest acquisitions can be found on: Press releases