Under six hectares of glass, we cultivate the varieties Elsanta, Sonata, Arabella and Inspire. Annually, we produce around 1,200,000 kilos of strawberries. The greenhouses in both Moerstraten and Lepelstraat are divided into three departments, of which two are equipped with LED lighting and a 99% shading screen. Because of these, we can harvest strawberries all year round. We deliver our products to The Greenery.
Our products are grown sustainably, hygienically and with respect for both man and nature. This has brought us recognition by GRASP, Tesco Nurture, GlobalGAP and PlanetProof. This underlines that our production process is not environmentally harmful, that energy use has been minimized, that waste is efficiently recycled, that we work in a labour-friendly environment, that our working methods are in tune with the capacity of our planet and that Kwekerij Loos is in compliance with all requirements with regard to labour, such as welfare, pay levels, health and safety.
The strawberry plants are grown in substrate troughs at working height, and are harvested from a standing position. The substrate troughs are filled with potting compost and peat. Bees pollinate the flowers produced by the plants. They carry pollen from the pistils to the receptacle at the base of the flower. Following this fertilization, the base of the flower develops into a strawberry.
At Kwekerij Loos, organic pest control is very important to us. So louse is tackled using gall midges, and whitefly with parasitoid wasps. We look at which specific natural enemies can best be put to use.
Strawberries are very healthy. They have a high Vitamin C content, are low-calorie and contain a powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin. Antioxidants can have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the human body. This also applies to catechin, another substance present in strawberries. Catechin is a natural antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties.
Strawberries can also have a positive effect on blood pressure, sight and the tissues and have diuretic properties. And above all: they taste really good! Our use of LED lighting makes our strawberries even sweeter and full of flavour.