Arend Roses has been a leading Dutch rose grower with an excellent reputation for many years now. In 1976 Nico van der Arend started as Rozenkwekerij Van der Arend in the town of Monster, South Holland, out of his pure love of roses. After four years, the company continued in Maasdijk. Nowadays, Arend roses are grown on eleven hectares, spread between two locations in the Municipality of Westland.
As a company, Arend Roses is making considerable investments in new technologies and sustainability, in order to be able to supply as green a product as possible.
Arend Roses is allowed to supply the MPS-A, MPS-Quality, MPS-Social Quality, MPS-GAP and MPS GRASP certificates. In other words, the company works in a transparent manner, paying the highest possible attention to environmental, hygiene-related and quality-related aspects. Thereby providing consumers with the guarantee that our roses are grown in as environmentally friendly way as possible.
At Arend Roses, we combine the latest technologies with employees who truly appreciate roses. To create a perfect uniformity in terms of maturity of the bud, the roses are pruned twice a day, seven days a week. This is still traditionally done by hand. The roses are placed in water straight away and arrive in the cold storage room within half an hour. In the processing area, specialist employees carry out a quality control on each (!) rose. Only roses that meet the quality requirements set by us are bunched by the bunching machines. Our quality requirements are considerably higher than the requirements set by the flower auctions.
"It was my father who started growing roses. I grew up in our greenhouses," explains Van der Arend. "Although I had the freedom to choose my own path in life, there was nothing I wanted more than to keep on working with roses. Growing is in my blood, and the rose is a beautiful, lively product that I will never get bored of. Arend Roses supplies beautiful materials for you to work with, and it is always satisfying to watch something unique grow. It's a good feeling to provide florists with high-quality roses, which they can then use to make their customers happy."
"A top priority at Arend Roses is that we want to excel in what we do", explains Van der Arend. "Firstly, growing beautiful large high-quality roses is one of our strengths, but we are also very good at collaborating and delivering tailor-made solutions. The best example of this is our stock link with exporters, which enables customers to link their webshops to Arend Roses' stock management system and to order 'live' from stock. That is a specific interpretation of what we call à la carte delivery."
"To remain distinctive in the market, it is important to have the guts to make big decisions," explains Richard van der Lans. "So we stopped growing a few varieties on a large scale. Nowadays, we specialise in a wider range – more different varieties, in different colours – so that we are able to offer a wide yet exclusive assortment, with the delivery speed, reliability of delivery and flexible service that customers have come to expect from us. And with the quality we stand for. I want our customers to be just as proud of our roses as I am, when I walk through the greenhouses every day."
"It is also important to make sure that our roses are grown as sustainably as possible," explains Van der Lans. "We have children too, so we understand the importance of good entrepreneurship for the future. Over the past few years, Arend Roses has invested a great deal in green technologies and greater transparency, for which we have been awarded the MPS-A, MPS-GAP and the MPS-Quality quality marks. The MPS-Quality quality mark provides the consumer with the guarantee that we are a nursery that meets the highest requirements in the area of environment, hygiene and safety. That's fantastic, and that is what we stand for."