Showcase for grower support Dutch horticultural crops are being given a massive showcase next week by The Greenery International. With the aim of attracting overseas buyers, 33 cooperative groups will be exhibiting their crops at Poledijk on March 18. The site, previously an auction, is used by The Greenery International to centrally grade tomatoes. Margareet van Harn, marketing manager for greenhouse vegetables, said more than 1,000 guests, including overseas multiple buyers, were expected to attend. "They will have a chance to meet 16 tomato cooperatives, 10 growing peppers, three concentrating on cucumbers, as well as specialist producers of chilli peppers, courgettes and aubergines," she said. "We are not expecting to make any big business deals, but the event is designed to reflect the support that the organisation is being given by Dutch growers, and give them a chance to build up more business contacts in partnership with The Greenery International's marketing and sales executives as the spring season approaches." This year The Greenery International is expecting to account for around 70% of the 500 million kilos of tomatoes and 250 million kilos of peppers produced in Holland. The event will be officially opened by chairman Jan van Staalduinen, chairman of CTN, the growers' cooperative organisation. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}