R. & A. van Kester
where top quality is
simply a way of life

About us

A real growers family: people with green fingers and who are good at running a business. We started by looking over the shoulder of our father, Rinus. Later, he handed the reins over to us. Today, our company is a modern nursery covering 4.5 ha that produces chrysanthemums. Our decision to specialise in Baltica White spray chrysanthemums was very deliberate. We like doing just one thing very well. The specific expertise we possess for growing this variety and our drive for perfectionism mean that we can deliver top-quality products 365 days a year. Reliability, continuity and quality: that’s what our business is all about.

We collaborate with eight other chrysanthemum nurseries on our sales and marketing activities under the name of “VannoVa Master Growers”. As a group, we hold a strong position in our most important sales markets: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Hungary and Romania as well as Western European countries. We also share a stand at two major trade fairs in Moscow and Aalsmeer every year. We auction and sell our products to the customers of Royal FloraHolland under the name of VannoVa R&A van Kester. Both this name and the name of our cultivar, Baltica White, are clearly printed on the sleeves used for VannoVa’s products. Our flowers are distributed by wholesalers and sold by florists to consumers. Flowers are especially appreciated as a gift by women in Russia. This means that International Women’s Day and the first day of school require us to deliver peak performances. But this is nothing new for us – it’s something we do every day.

R. & A. van Kester: where top quality is simply a way of life

About us

A real growers family: people with green fingers and who are good at running a business. We started by looking over the shoulder of our father, Rinus. Later, he handed the reins over to us. Today, our company is a modern nursery covering 4.5 ha that produces chrysanthemums. Our decision to specialise in Baltica White spray chrysanthemums was very deliberate. We like doing just one thing very well. The specific expertise we possess for growing this variety and our drive for perfectionism mean that we can deliver top-quality products 365 days a year. Reliability, continuity and quality: that’s what our business is all about.

We collaborate with seven other chrysanthemum nurseries on our sales and marketing activities under the name of “VannoVa Master Growers”. As a group, we hold a strong position in our most important sales markets: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Hungary and Romania as well as Western European countries. We also share a stand at two major trade fairs in Moscow and Aalsmeer every year. We auction and sell our products to the customers of Flora Holland under the name of VannoVa R&A van Kester. Both this name and the name of our cultivar, Baltica White, are clearly printed on the sleeves used for VannoVa’s products. Our flowers are distributed by wholesalers and sold by florists to consumers. Flowers are especially appreciated as a gift by women in Russia. This means that International Women’s Day and the first day of school require us to deliver peak performances. But this is nothing new for us – it’s something we do every day.

R. & A. van Kester: where top quality is simply a way of life.

 
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André van Kester

“I serve as the point of contact for our customers and I’m also responsible for our sales. As such, I’m in touch with these customers every day to discuss their orders. What do they need? And what can we offer them? We are committed to meeting our customers’ needs and helping them out so that everyone is more than satisfied with both our service and our flowers. Together, we have one goal in mind: making people all over the world happy with the high quality of our chrysanthemums. But a lot has to get done before those flowers are on your table at home! We monitor the everyday processes in the greenhouse and the processing facility. The only way our team can perform effectively is when everyone gets along well together and knows exactly what they have to do. We’re pleased to say that our team is highly motivated to deliver a top product every day – and they enjoy their work, too. Every box of flowers that goes into our lorry has been harvested at just the right time and has been handled with care. This gives me great pride.”

René van Kester

“My job here focuses mainly on cultivation, climate, biological crop protection and light intensity: everything has to be just right to guarantee the continuous provision of high quality. For us, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about perfection. This commitment is something we got from our father, Rinus, and it’s been a major factor in our success. We pay a lot of attention to both our own team and our business partners. We can’t do it all alone. I enjoy getting the best out of myself and the people around me, too. This is what makes running a business so satisfying.”

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Baltica White

We’ve been cultivating Baltica White, a white anemone type with a deep green centre, for a number of years. No matter what the season, its large flowers radiate strength and cheerfulness and are easy to combine in bouquets and other floral work. This chrysanthemum is appropriate for every room and every interior decorating style. Consumers will enjoy this timeless flower for a long time since Baltica White has a long vase life. We produce around 12 million stems of excellent quality every year. By now, Van Kester and Baltica White have become a trusted combination. Our customers have made it clear: they demand ‘Kester Baltica’. In the world of chrysanthemums, everyone is familiar with Kester Baltica. 

R. & A. van Kester

where top quality is simply a way of life

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Baltica cultivation processes

We’re always looking for opportunities to improve our cultivation processes. We want to be sure that our chrysanthemums are growing in the best way possible, so we can deliver top quality every single day. For our cultivation processes, we have found the right balance between the use of cutting-edge equipment and the work we conduct with our people. Today’s technologies help us work productively and efficiently, but our team plays an invaluable part in our everyday processes. But what does this process actually involve?

It all starts with good planting material that gets delivered to us at the right time. We’ve been getting our cuttings from reliable suppliers for years. Once planted, we give our chrysanthemums plenty of time to grow. We help them along a little by giving them enough light and by using biological crop protection to help prevent harm from pests and diseases. When the chrysanthemums are large enough, we practice central bud removal. This bud would be spent before the other ones. As soon as the chrysanthemums have reached the perfect harvesting stage – and not one day before – we harvest them and put them on the conveyor belt. Underground, the chrysanthemums are sent to the processing area where we dress them up by putting them into a pretty sleeve. They are then immediately sent to a refrigerated area where they will be loaded into our own lorries. Then it won’t be long before the flowers are gracing your table at home

Baltica cultivation processes

We’re always looking for opportunities to improve our cultivation processes. We want to be sure that our chrysanthemums are growing in the best way possible, so we can deliver top quality every single day. For our cultivation processes, we have found the right balance between the use of cutting-edge equipment and the work we conduct with our people. Today’s technologies help us work productively and efficiently, but our team plays an invaluable part in our everyday processes. But what does this process actually involve?

It all starts with good planting material that gets delivered to us at the right time. We’ve been getting our cuttings from reliable suppliers for years. Once planted, we give our chrysanthemums plenty of time to grow. We help them along a little by giving them enough light and by using biological crop protection to help prevent harm from pests and diseases. When the chrysanthemums are large enough, we practice central bud removal. This bud would be spent before the other ones. As soon as the chrysanthemums have reached the perfect harvesting stage – and not one day before – we harvest them and put them on the conveyor belt. Underground, the chrysanthemums are sent to the processing area where we dress them up by putting them into a pretty sleeve. They are then immediately sent to a refrigerated area where they will be loaded into our own lorries. Then it won’t be long before the flowers are gracing your table at home

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Contact

If you would like to know more about our company, please do not hesitate to contact R. & A. van Kester via the details below.
You can call us, send us an e-mail or even drop by (but let us know of your visit ahead of time!).

R. & A. van Kester

Heulweg 33a
2295KA Kwintsheul
Nederland
0174-292632
info@kesterkw.nl

Rene van Kester

+31 (0)6-10629767
rene@kesterkw.nl

For information about sales, please contact us at ra@vannova.nl.

R. & A. van Kester 

Heulweg 33a
2295 KA Kwintsheul
Nederland
0174-292632
info@kesterkw.nl

For information about sales, please contact us at ra@vannova.nl.

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