We see ourselves as the link between retailers and producers. Our customers are food retailers, specialist retailers and wholesalers as well as food-service companies. Together with our strategic partners – Capespan Ltd., South Africa, Fyffes plc, Ireland, and Gemüsering GmbH, Stuttgart/Germany as well as our own Tobsine organisation – we have our own production resources for important segments such as overseas, European fruit and locally grown vegetables. In order to compensate for external factors than can impact product availability, such as local conditions and fluctuations in climate, we can call upon an expansive network of global business contacts.
Network of distribution and sripening facilities
vanWylick is always close to its customers, with 9 distribution and service centres plus its headquarters in Düsseldorf. With our partners, we have a denser and more efficient network of distribution and ripening facilities – not only in Germany, but also in Europe. We can offer our customers professional, efficient solutions by enabling the direct and secure delivery of fruit and vegetables from a single source. Naturally we offer a whole range of additional services to enable fresh produce to be marketed successfully.
„Fruit and vegetables are not just tasty, natural products, but are also essential to health and well-being. Our market potential is huge, with Germans currently eating only 50% of the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables.“
Dirk Allerding, Managing Director
„Fresh produce is an exciting business. We see ourselves as the link between customers and global producers. Together with our partners, Fyffes, Capespan and Gemüsering Gruppe, as well as our Spanish brand, Tobsine, we offer our customers direct access to fruit from overseas as well as vegetables grown locally. This alliance has also helped us to develop a unique distribution and ripening network in Germany and Europe. Our customers benefit from highly professional, efficient solutions due to the direct and safe procurement of fresh produce from a single source. This is all the more important since a retailer's fresh produce department not only has the highest revenue, but is also of great strategic importance.“
Jens Allerding, Commercial Director
„Organising and safeguarding the work processes in a decentralised, medium-sized business like vanWylick is a great challenge and responsibility. With this in mind, the Finance, Controlling and IT department sees itself as a service provider for our branches, commerce and management. Act by fact – that’s what our employees rely on, and it’s essential in our marginal cost business with fresh produce, enabling us to make the right decisions. To accomplish this, we need our IT systems to deliver optimum figures within the shortest possible time. We ensure this by having the department work in teams that are constantly improving our systems and infrastructure“
Till Bornhausen, Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Management Team
„Supplying our customers with top-quality fresh produce is our daily mission and motivation. The stimulus in our industry is the speed and change – and the flexibility this requires at all levels. It never gets boring. Each new day demands quick decisions that can only be managed effectively with flat hierarchies. Self-initiative and a freedom to act are important values in our company.“
Thomas Endres,, Head of Distribution & Services, Member of the Management Team
Facts and figures
vanWylick has a turnover of more than EUR 250 million, corresponding to a volume of over 250,000 tonnes per year. Operations are managed day and night by more than 300 highly qualified staff. Experienced ripening experts are responsible for 150,000 boxes (each weighing 18 kg) of bananas being carefully and perfectly ripened every week. They are increasingly overseeing the ripening of more exotic produce – such as mangos, persimmons and avocados – since the supply of ripened products helps meet consumer demand better and contributes to the optimisation of the entire value chain. Our warehouse managers make use of the latest technology in our packaging plants, thereby controlling in-house logistics. Because professional development is so important to us, up to 20 trainees are actively involved in our daily operations.
Together with our alliance partners, we achieve sales of well over EUR 2 billion, and over 8,000 staff are employed by the group around the world.