We care...

With our coordinating role within the chain, we strive to make sustainably-produced, fresh, tasty and healthy produce available to the client. Sustainably-produced products are defined as products produced in such a way that their negative impact on the environment is minimised. We not only work to ensure this in our own business operations; we also work with growers who work in the same manner.

We and our partners are all certified at the highest level in the field of food safety and hygiene. All produce sold by Rainbow International carry GlobalGAP certification. This certification sets requirements relating to food safety, sustainability, and quality. The Harvest House growers have a wealth of experience in this. They therefore continually monitor the business operations with a critical eye, looking at the consumption of energy, fertilisers and water. They are aware of their role in society and are keen to set a good example for others.

Maximum organic

Our greenhouse vegetable growers work almost exclusively with biological crop protection to combat disease and pests. This means that they make use of natural organisms, also known as natural enemies. This results in a natural balance within the greenhouse and our growers grow products that can be eaten straight from the plant.

Energy-efficient cultivation

Environmentally-conscious cultivation is very important to the Harvest House growers with whom we work. They are constantly on the lookout for new methods of generating energy. This could include the use of a combined heat and power (CHP) generator, or the use of geothermal energy. The growers also work together with other industry sectors. For instance, in Terneuzen one of the Harvest House growers works together with an artificial fertiliser producer. Here, they make use of residual heat and the CO2 that is released when producing artificial fertiliser. In this way, they not only promote sustainability within their own greenhouses, but also sustainability within the region as a whole.

Geothermal energy

Heating a greenhouse by pumping up hot water from deep layers of the ground: today, in 2015, this is the most innovative method for energy-efficient cultivation. The water is pumped from layers deep within the earth, and is then used to heat the greenhouses. The water is then pumped back down again to ensure that no space is created for any movement in those deep layers of earth and rock. A number of growers with whom we work already use this system, and this number is set to increase in the future.

Water management

In a greenhouse, between 15,000,000 and 20,000,000 litres of water is used per hectare every year. It is vitally important that growers make the most efficient and sustainable use of water possible. The Harvest House growers capture the water in large reservoirs, after which it is filtered and used in the greenhouse. Surplus water is never discharged; it is also retained. In this way, a closed cycle of water can be created and used.

Complete range AGF

Rainbow International provides a full range of greenhouse vegetables, soil-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and cresses in a variety of sizes, weights and (private label) packaging. For direct contact, please call +31 174 524 130 or send an email to contact@rainbowinternational.nl. You can find our complete contact information here.