Fresh fruit and vegetable business
We see ourselves as a link between our customers and global production.
We provide our customers with direct access to the production of imported fruit to regional vegetables. We also have a unique distribution and ripening network throughout Germany and Europe.
Production – everything from a single source
We want to know where our produce originates from and support our customers in this endeavour by applying our own procurement concepts.
From production to delivery
vanWylick covers the entire value chain – starting with production and ending with delivery to our customers.
By working together with our partners, we can provide a comprehensive range of produce. In this way, we can guarantee the highest levels of quality and safety – all from a single source.
Our distribution network
Proximity to the market means proximity to our customers
Our nine branches function as distribution and service centres that are close to our customers.
As a full-service provider, we provide our business partners with the opportunity to individually ripen, store, pack, label and pick goods, so that we can deliver them exactly on time with our fleet of vehicles or transportation partners.
Ripening. An art in itself
Cutting-edge ripening technology
Ripening bananas and exotic fruits such as avocado, kiwi or mango is a craft that requires a high degree of skill, years of experience and intuition from our specially trained ripening experts.
Daily fresh arrivals of what we call raw produce – the fruit does not yet have its specific colour, texture or sugar levels – are refined in our modern ripening facilities so that, once ripened, the produce meets the most exacting customer requirements.
For each type of fruit, there are special aspects to consider in order to ensure the most careful and exact ripening possible. By applying the optimal interaction of factors such as temperature, oxygen, CO2 levels, humidity and ethylene, the natural ripening of the fruit is recreated in our ripening chambers.
With its locations in Germany and Switzerland, Fruchtimport vanWylick has the most up-to-date and energy-efficient ripening facilities. Our seven locations in Germany enable us to supply fresh, ripe fruit to all parts of the country every day.
Germany’s largest banana ripening company
With a ripening capacity of over 230,000 boxes (18 kg) per week, vanWylick is one of the largest banana-ripening companies in Germany. Our ripening processes enable careful refinement, thereby extending the shelf life of the fruit at the point of sale and for end-consumers. And we do all this using only 50 percent of the usual consumption of energy.
Our greatest passion.
Accounting for over 40 percent of our volumes, bananas are also our most important product.
Proximity to our customers and our extensive network right up to production ensure an optimal flow of goods and information.
Freshness and efficiency
Streamlined, linear value creation enables a high level of freshness, while simultaneously maintaining a high level of efficiency. Together with our partner Fyffes plc, we have direct access to fruit from the world’s top banana-producing regions and a guaranteed supply of high-quality produce all year round.
Point of sale
From the plantation to Europe
The cultivation and shipping of our bananas is largely carried out by our partner Fyffes plc, one of the largest producers and distributors of bananas in the world. In addition, we have long-standing relationships with all the major banana producers and importers in Europe.
The most important banana-growing regions are in the Central and South American countries Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Here, after a nine-month growth period, the bananas are separated from the stem.
From green to ripe bananas
The bananas are still green, hard and not even remotely close to being sweet or ripe enough for consumption due to their high starch content. After harvesting, the “hands” are separated from the bunch, washed and packed in boxes. Assembled on large pallets, the bananas make their way around the world on ships called banana carriers.
The bananas “sleep” on their journey
Assembled on large pallets, the bananas make their way around the world on ships. To prevent the bananas from ripening during their two-week journey, they are “put to sleep” at a temperature of 13.2°C. Due to the cool ambient air and reduced oxygen levels, all of the relevant metabolic processes within the bananas are reduced to such an extent that ripening is halted. Upon arrival at their European port of destination, they are ready for “awakening” in our ripening chambers to reach their familiar level of ripeness.
Using our modern ripening technology, the bananas are ripened under controlled conditions. The finely tuned balance between oxygen, heat, humidity and ethylene, while also taking CO2 levels into account, ensures that the bananas ripen slowly and carefully until they are ready for consumption.
Golden yellow in colour and sugar-sweet, our bananas are now ready for delivery to our customers.
Ripening exotic fruits
From the ripening chamber to consumption
For vanWylick, the ripening of exotic fruits has become an important mainstay of its business alongside bananas. Products such as avocados, mangoes or even kiwis are matured in special ripening chambers until they are ready for consumption.
Resistant while in an unripened state
Like bananas, mangoes, kiwis and avocados are usually harvested while they are still hard and unripe. The fruits are more able to withstand transportation from the plantations to our ripening facilities while they are still in a firm, cooled state.
Once they have arrived, it is the job of our ripening specialists to develop the typical product characteristics of each fruit. Dark purple avocados, bright orange mangoes and sweet and juicy kiwis are the result of our years of experience in harvesting and ripening.
Under the steady supervision of our ripening specialists, the exotic fruits develop their exquisite flavour and texture, which ensures that they are ready to eat for the customer.