REO Veiling trades in well over 60 different kinds of vegetables and fruit. Most of these are available virtually all year round.

  In order to achieve this, our growers have significantly stepped up their investments in:
  • Greenhouses: enabling growers to offer quality products under all weather conditions. Lettuce and tomatoes are just two of a wide range of crops that are grown in greenhouses.
  • Tunnels: mushrooms and chicory are produced all year round in tunnels under strictly controlled growth conditions.
  • Seeding and harvest aids: over the past few years, growers of open-air vegetables have continued to invest in mechanising production. Adopting the right seeding and harvesting technology makes for better quality products as just one of a range of results. In addition, the various open-air crops are almost permanently available, even in less favourable weather conditions.
  • Cold storage rooms: to store harvested crops under optimal conditions in order to avoid deterioration in terms of flavour and nutritional value. Cabbages, celeriac, apples and pears stand in solid testimony.

    As in the past, the improvement of cultivation and cold storage methods and the selection of varieties continues to enjoy the full support of Flemish research institutions such as experimental gardens and university laboratories.

The advance of cultivation and cold storage technology and the permanent adaptation of the selection of varieties draws on the scientific support provided by Flemish research institutions such as the POVLT (Provincial Research Centre for Agriculture and Horticulture) and the VCBT (Flemish Centre for Storage of Horticultural products)
The development of cultivation methods prompted the need to introduce quality labels arose. The leading quality label is Flandria, awarded by LAVA and assessed by an independent approbation body, Certagro (OCI). Flandria products are required to meet with with a set of standards that have been issued to protect the environment and the consumer alike as well as to market quality products. Next to Flandria, REO Veiling also operates the Tomabel quality label Tomabel for tomatoes and strawberries.

Environmental pollution is greatly reduced by using no more fertilizer than is necessary and by controlling harmful insects with natural pesticides. For verification purposes, growers are required to register and record all cultivation operations.

All of this combines to ensure the consumer that he is buying a quality product that is tasty, attractive and wholesome. The provenance of every one of our vegetables is perfectly known with the quality on offer in all cases confirmed by analyses that are carried out by licensed laboratories such as Fytolab. For this purpose, samples are taken prior to harvest. Any produce which fails to meet with applicable standards, cannot be sold.