SUMMY VERTHE & TOM LEFEVRE
Tom graduated as industrial engineer in agriculture and bio technology. After his studies he started work at VW Tuinderijen, where his passion for growing tomatoes began. In 2004 Tom co-founded the Hortipower company. Summy is the administrative rock of the business.
‘We are proud to be part of Tomeco, a brand and community that shows our passion, commitment and authenticity.’
Mouth-watering tomato recipe: ‘Kubello tomatoes with rocket, pine nuts, truffle oil, salt & pepper. Summy’s fresh lasagne with San Marzano tomatoes is the best there is!’
‘Our favourite tomato has to be Strabena: tasty and versatile!’
‘It’s an art to grow tomatoes as sweet and delicious as candy!‘
‘Collaboration is of utmost importance to future-proof our business! We are stronger as a group!’
DIRK VAN DEN PLAS
Dirk’s parents were tomato growers, so the choice to grow tomatoes was easy. Along with his wife, he grew tomatoes for a number of years. In 2007, Dirk co-founded Hortipower along with Tom Lefevre and John Vermeiren.
‘Collaboration has to be the most important factor to future-proof our business. Not only between growers, but also with Coöperatie Hoogstraten. After all, we are stronger as a group!’
‘My favourite tomato recipe? You can never go wrong with a simple, fresh tomato soup made with San Marzano tomatoes’.