The company

Locations in Luttelgeest, Marknesse and Nootdorp

Hoogweg Paprikakwekerijen grows sweet peppers at five locations: four locations in the Noordoostpolder (in Luttelgeest and Marknesse) and one in the province of South-Holland (Nootdorp). Our total acreage spans 134 hectares which is equivalent to approximately 265
soccer fields.

Hoogweg’s story began in Nootdorp in 1987. Due to limited space in the west of the country, we decided to move to the Noordoostpolder (Luttelgeest) in 2008. The first location in Marknesse was built in 2016, followed by a second location in 2020.
This area offers a favourable infrastructure for green house cultivation. There is plenty of space, the location and accessibility for our trade partners is ideal and the climate is similar to that in the west of the Netherlands.

We have grown sweet peppers since 1998 and currently grow peppers in 4 different colours: red, yellow, orange and green. The type we produce is the bell pepper, the most popular sweet pepper.

The sweet peppers from the various locations are sorted and packed (small packaging) in the processing hall/packaging station.
Our current scale means that we can use efficient and sustainable growing and packaging methods.

In high season you can expect daily the commitment of 400 involved employees working in the company.

Accommodation for employees

Our company not only offers good conditions of employment but is also committed to ensuring that our (temporary) employees are decently housed. We strive to offer our employees clean and tidy accommodation with enough privacy for the individual. Things such as transportation from the accommodation to our place of work should also be well organised.
We discovered that it was not always easy to arrange decent local accommodation for our employees, partially because of local regulations, but also because it was important not to upset the balance between the original village residents and migrant workers.

A migrant park housing 300 residents was built and completed in 2020. The 2-person accommodation units each have their own bathroom, kitchen and living room with TV. There is a leisure room where the residents can get together to play billiards and table tennis or have a drink with friends/family. The residents can also use the outdoor sporting facilities and we have provided various outdoor seating arrangements where people can socialise.

Facts

• The company started growing tomatoes in 1987.
• Each new location was built with 2 greenhouses at the same time.
• The company started drilling for geothermal energy in 2018.
• We have been growing our peppers in 4 colours since 2020: red, yellow, green and orange.
• This year our greenhouses have a total of 2,9 million plants.
• Geothermal energy is responsible for 70% of our greenhouse heating.
• 2 biomass boilers were commissioned in 2020.