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Hillenraad Horti Convention 2023

Hillenraad Horti Convention 2023

The follow-up of the Hillenraad Horti Convention 2022 will take place on November 2, 2023. There is no competition associated with this second edition of the convention.

Hortigala of the Year 2024

Hortigala of the Year 2024

The announcement of the Hillenraad100 – edition 2024 will traditionally take place during the Hortigala of the Year.

Monitoring hortibusiness

The Hillenraad100 provides an overview of the 100 leading companies in the knowledge and capital-intensive greenhouse and horticulture industries.

The list paints a picture of the full cluster, divided into seven segments. Ever since 2003, the Hillenraad100 has been the monitor when it comes to the developments in the Dutch horticulture industry. The Hillenraad100 observes, interprets and looks ahead.

Only 1% of the companies in the Dutch horticulture industry make it into the Hillenraad100. A listing in the Hillenraad100 is an acknowledgement of leading entrepreneurship. These companies show vision, daring and entrepreneurship, and are a guiding light to the sector. The Hortigala of the Year, during which the new listings are announced, is an important ‘photo opportunity’ for the horticulture industry. Due to the challenges facing the sector, the unveiling was incorporated into a larger event, offering the opportunity to discuss relevant topics: the Hillenraad Horti Convention.

The Hillenraad100 research team analyses the companies’ performances on the basis of a unique and proprietary business model that is continuously adapted. We make choices in what we consider to be important developments for the future and we assess how companies anticipate them. An Committee of Experts of professionals assists us in this process.

Balancing the scales

The Hillenraad100 model

It is an open competition. Any company complying with the admittance criteria can register and compete for a listing.

Hillenraad100 assesses the companies on the basis of strategy, market position, organisational performance, innovation and corporate social responsibility. The business model entails a wider scope and assesses 19 factors in total.

The Hillenraad100 is an open competition. Any company complying with the admittance criteria can register and compete for a listing. A precondition is that the company’s main activity must be exercised within the horticulture industry in the Netherlands, whereby its Dutch activities must represent a substantial part of its total business activities. Companies must have also been in business for at least five years and in assessing this factor, the Hillenraad100 bases its judgement on collective group activities; sister companies are not eligible for a separate listing. Finally, sector and trade organisations, as well as generic service providers (i.e. banks, insurance companies or accountants), are excluded from the list.

Hillenraad itself is looking for nominees as well, and bases its assessments on information from public sources, press releases, databanks for business information, and, of course, the data submitted by the companies themselves. Our goal is to assess and rank the companies in a positive, but critical manner.

Technical analysis and market sentiment

Committee of Experts

In addition to the research conducted by Hillenraad Partners, the value of the Hillenraad100 is in no small part due to the contribution of the Committee of Experts. Based on their specific areas of expertise, these wonderfully well-informed specialists assess the selected businesses. They not only employ technical analyses, but also add the market sentiment, as though the company was quoted on the stock market.

The Committee of Experts has been broadly composed. Thanks to their experience, contacts and inside information, the members of the Committee of Experts are able to properly evaluate the various nominated businesses. The knowledge and expertise of the Committee of Experts is a valuable addition to all the other resources employed by the Hillenraad100.

The 2022 Committee of Experts

  • Silke Hemming (Head of research team Greenhouse Technology at Wageningen University & Research)
  • Lars Boellaard (Managing partner & civil-law notary at Westpoort Partners)
  • Evert van Helvoort (Manager VHC, Member of the Supervisory Board at Royal FloraHolland)
  • Leon Bol ((Owner New Green)
  • Matthijs Mesken (Director VGB)
  • Martien Penning (Strategy-expert Hillenraad Partners and Founder Hillenraad100)
  • Niels Louwaars (Managing Director of Plantum)
  • Ben Verwaayen (Chairman of the Expert Committee Hillenraad100, former CEO of, among others, Alcatel-Lucent and British Telecom, partner of Keen Venture Partners)
  • Marco van Zijverden (Member Supervisory Board of Dutch Flower Group)
  • Annie van de Riet (Chairman of AVAG)
  • Adri Bom-Lemstra (Chairman of Glastuinbouw Nederland)
  • Janine Luten (General Manager Fresh Produce Centre)
  • Frank Meijnders (Industry Leader Food & Flowers DBO Accountants & Advisers)

To order the Hillenraad100

Receive the colour photograph of the horticulture industry

The 2022 edition of the Hillenraad100 magazine was published on 4 November 2022. You can order a copy of the 2022 edition with your data printed on it. A copy of the magazine costs €15 plus €5 for shipping and handling. The magazine will be sent to you by post with the invoice enclosed.

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