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Cornelis Vrolijk acquires Bertus-Dekker

Cornelis Vrolijk acquires Bertus-Dekker – Cornelis Vrolijk of Ijmuiden in the Netherlands and neighbouring fish processing company Bertus-Dekker Seafood have officially completed their negotiations on Cornelis Vrolijk’s acquisition of a majority shareholding, with Bertus-Dekker continuing its activities as an independently operated company.

Director Annerieke Vrolijk is pleased with the acquisition: “Thanks to the solid position of Bertus-Dekker in the field of processing and sales of demersal fish such as plaice, sole, gurnard, mullet and squid, we are taking the next step on the road to supply chain integration. We are now expanding our ship to shelf concept with flatfish. We provide consumers with a high-quality product, which is sustainably caught and whose origin is traceable.”

The management of Bertus-Dekker, consisting of Arie and Rick Ouwehand, is also excited about the development: “We have a strong family culture in which professional skills and quality are highly valued. Cornelis Vrolijk shares these values with us. We see many opportunities in strengthening the mutual interdependence of both companies.”

Cornelis Vrolijk is an internationally-operating family business and the fifth generation is currently at the helm. They catch, farm, process and trade in fish and shrimp. Always with the aim of producing a high-quality, sustainable product for human consumption. Their core business is fishing and trade in pelagic fish, such as herring and mackerel. Other important activities include demersal fishing, for fish such as sole and plaice and catching and farming shrimp, tropical or otherwise.

Bertus-Dekker Seafood is located at IJmuiden, the main fishing port of Holland, and has been a leading fish processer and wholesaler for more than 70 years.