07 Jun 2024

Fall Creek acquires 50 hectares for a nursery in Romania dedicated to high-chill blueberries



Fall Creek is excited to announce the acquisition of a 50-hectare land parcel in Moara Vlasiei (Romania) from Portland Trust, a prominent real estate developer. This landmark transaction signifies a pivotal moment in Fall Creek’s growth strategy within the European market.

The acquired land will be the site of Fall Creek’s new state-of-the-art blueberry nursery, poised to become a central hub for innovation in blueberry stock production. This strategic move will bolster Fall Creek’s supply chain capabilities, ensuring the provision of high-quality blueberry plants to growers throughout Europe. 

Furthermore, Fall Creek's R&D team is leading an initiative to develop minimum a blueberry Applied Research Farm in Romania. This project will focus on accelerating development of superior new High Chill Blueberry varieties, concentrating on mechanical harvest for the fresh market, climate adaptation, and improvement of growing technics. 

Burgert van Dyk, EMEA Regional Director at Fall Creek, stated, “The acquisition of this land in Moara Vlăsiei is a key part of our growth strategy. We are excited to bring our expertise to Europe and contribute to the region’s agricultural landscape.” 

Fall Creek remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring not only benefiting the entire industry from growers to consumers in Romania and surrounding regions, but also with yield positive environmental impacts and tangible benefits to the local community. Currently, the company has two employees based in Romania, actively involved in our regional operations, with additional hires anticipated in the near future.

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