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It’s November again. Time flies when you’re busy, and that’s exactly what we are at MPS. Fortunately, we’re busy for good reasons. We recently granted the 500th MPS-GAP certificate to Griffioen Wassenaar and this week we welcomed the 100th participant in MPS-ProductProof (Van Veen Gerbera). At MPS, you can clearly notice that sustainability is at the top of the agenda of the horticulture industry, which is why we’re preparing ourselves to work with many more participants in the future.
This means that we will have to automate our processes and digitise our products, and we’ll be reporting on the progress of these initiatives in further detail in the near future. I’m very proud of all MPS participants who have taken the first steps towards making their operations more sustainable and thus reducing their environmental impact. I’m just as proud of all my MPS colleagues, however, who manage, welcome and work with the growing number of MPS participants and are committed to providing optimal support to our participants day in, day out. 

Yolande van den Boom
CEO MPS-Group
Announcement of the 100th MPS-ProductProof participant at the RFH Trade Fair: Van Veen Gerbera
 
The 100th participant in MPS-ProductProof was announced on the opening day of the RFH Trade Fair: Van Veen Gerbera from De Lier. 

Van Veen values sustainable enterprise highly. Aad van Veen: “We’ve been an MPS-ABC participant for over 20 years, and in addition to our MPS-Socially Qualified certificate, we’re now also an MPS-ProductProof participant. As a member of Colours of Nature, Van Veen Gerbera strives to keep up with the front runners in the flowers & ornamentals sector, which requires constant effort.” 
Growers who participate in MPS-ProductProof have made the switch from registering their crop protection products every 4 weeks to registering them every day. Moreover, they now have to take samples throughout the cultivation process (at least 4 per year). This method paints a reliable picture of the registered active substances on the one hand and the active substances that are found in the samples on the other. This is then compared to the legal framework and, at request, to the supralegal lists of products. The tool also allows participants to select certain lists, allowing them to see at a glance whether products meet the requirements of a specific retailer or market party. 

This makes MPS-ProductProof a perfect transparency tool that demonstrates the absence of certain active substances in and on certain floricultural products. MPS-ProductProof provides guarantees for customers, who can be confident that these products are free of certain active substances and were cultivated in a sustainable fashion. Yolande van den Boom (CEO MPS Group): “MPS-ProductProof is a unique tool that allows growers and traders to gain current insight into the usage of active substances and to share this insight digitally with chain partners via the MPS Trade Portal.” 
MPS presentation at GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2018 in Lima
Leen Klaassen, MPS coordinator for South America, gave a presentation at the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2018, which was held from 5-7 November in Lima, Peru. In his presentation, Klaassen addressed the challenges we face in terms of sustainability and explained how sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in consumer behaviour, as well as talking about the ambition to have sustainably produced ornamental products become the standard, chain transparency and focus areas for sustainability, such as crop protection products, the environment and social aspects. “We can draw the cautious conclusion that sustainable production methods should not be a special feature, but should be considered the new bare minimum, and that this should be communicated to consumers”, says Klaassen.
We discussed several technical aspects of the certification process with GLOBALG.A.P. and we expect to align the schemes with the other players in the field even more in the future to make sustainability accessible to all growers. Other speakers at this session included Ximena Franco-Villegas, Director of Asocolflores/Florverde (Colombia) and Johan Hulleman, Head of QA at Jumbo Supermarkten B.V. For more information: www.summit2018.org.
MPS presents Environmental Impact Indicator at IFTF FSI meeting
 
For the past 5 years, FSI2020 has organised annual ‘update’ meetings at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen. In this session, Jeroen Oudheusden (FSI2020) presented the key themes they will be focusing on in the near future, such as ‘FSI Beyond 2020’ and their move to an environmental scope with daily record-keeping for their producers. On behalf of MPS, Harold Beek gave a presentation on the environmental impact indicator (EII) developed by MPS. 

The EII calculates and expresses environmental impact in the amount of active substances used multiplied by the potential risks of these substances. The potential risk of a substance is determined on the basis of the chemical properties of the substance in question (toxicity, biodegradability and mobility), combined with factors that limit emissions.

All 2018 Dutch Flower Group Award winners are MPS participants
On Thursday 8 November, during the Royal Flora Holland Trade Fair in Aalsmeer, the Dutch Flower Group Awards 2018 were presented at the stand of the Dutch Flower Group (DFG). This is the 17th time that DFG’s Dutch Flower Awards literally put its chain partners in the spotlight. Karel Bolbloemen was announced the winner in the Cut Flowers category.  The Plants award was granted to Ammerlaan-Sosef from Honselersdijk. Leybaert (Belgium), based in Moerbeke-Waas was declared the winner in the Foreign Supplier category. All winners are MPS-ABC certified, and Leybaert and
Ammerlaan-Sosef are both MPS-ProductProof participants as well. In his speech, DFG CEO Marco van Zijverden indicated that major steps are expected in terms of digital cooperation within the sector in the near future. In addition, sustainability, the main theme of this year’s Dutch Flower Awards, is an absolute priority for the Dutch Flower Group and many other organisations in the flowers & ornamentals industry. Realising 90% sustainable sourcing is a key objective and DFG is working closely with, for instance, MPS and FSI2020 to achieve this goal. 
(c) Dutch Flower Group/Fotomel.nl
The MPS vignette; are you ready?

The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

You can find more information here
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Sustainable Trade Platform calls for grower certification
 
On 15 October, the Platform for Sustainable Trade in Bulbs and Perennials grower meeting took place. The importance of certification was a major focus of this meeting. More than 90 growers, traders and directly involved parties attended. Raymond Scheepens of MPS explained participation in MPS-ABC and MPS-GAP, among other things. SMK also gave a presentation, titled ‘On the way to PlanetProof’.

During the grower meeting, traders highlighted the importance of certification for the bulb sector. Fred Moolenaar of Moolenaar B.V. emphasised that certification is an absolute must for anyone wishing to continue supplying. However, he also feels that there should be a degree of intrinsic motivation involved. “We have a shared responsibility for the planet. The ambition must be embedded in organisations. And we must be united in demonstrating that to our clients.”

 

The unambiguous conclusion was that certification has become a basic requirement. “The most important thing is to start with the sustainability process,” said the traders. “By showing that efforts are being made, the sector can take the lead.” They called on growers to go for MPS-ABC at the very least. “This paves the way for a next step towards a tougher form of certification. Or for an immediate further step with MPS-GAP, for example.”

Raymond Scheepens: “In bulb cultivation too, it’s good to see that more attention is now being paid to sustainability and certification. MPS now has more than 225 MPS-ABC participants among the bulb growers; they represent an area of more than 8,100 hectares. This was just 2,000 hectares in 2008. So there’s clearly visible progress being made towards sustainability in this sector, and the Platform’s stated ambitions will only accelerate this process in the near future.”  
In the meantime, the first growers have registered for MPS-ABC certification as a result of the meeting.

For more information, please contact Raymond Scheepens on +31 (0)6 53 86 25 51 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
Presentation of draft MPS-ABC version during MPS Customer Panel
During the meeting of the MPS Customer Panel on 17 October in De Lier, the draft MPS-ABC 2019 scheme was presented to more than 75 growers. The main themes within MPS-ABC version 2019 include more intensive monitoring of admission, faster and more accurate registration, and the closing of the entire chain. The reliability of participants will also play an important role in the frequency of audits and sampling, and the sanctions policy will be tightened up. In addition to the presentation, there was enough opportunity for discussion. 
The comments and suggestions will be considered in the further development of the MPS-ABC scheme. In the end, the growers present were mostly in agreement with the statement that the proposed changes would be an improvement to the MPS-ABC scheme, and that a number of ambitions could even be further refined. This coming Monday, participants on the MPS Customer Panel will receive the report from this meeting; if you would like to receive a summary of the report, please contact Eveline van Hooren on +31(0)174 615 715 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
First Zero Discharge certificates issued by MPS-ECAS
 
The MPS Water Purification certification scheme has been in effect since 1 October 2017. This includes requirements for companies with a treatment plant, and is based on the Statutory Usage Regulations (Wettelijk Gebruiksvoorschrift, WG) for products containing imidacloprid. This WG now includes a certification requirement for companies that do not discharge, known as the Zero Discharge certification.

Entrepreneurs and enforcers needed clarity about situations in which no residual water is discharged. The aim was to create clarity for greenhouse cultivation entrepreneurs about the evidence necessary to demonstrate Zero Discharge by the company, and which method a supervisor could use to test this.

The first two Zero Discharge certificates were awarded on 24 October to Wim-Jan Paauw of Paauw Lilies, and Robert Zuyderwijk of P. van der Haak Handelskwekerij.

 
Wim-Jan Paauw: “We have worked hard to obtain this certificate because we are proud of being able to meet the Zero Discharge requirements; we have invested a great deal into achieving this. We also feel positive about the fact that we can demonstrate in a transparent way through this certificate that we are serious about dealing with sustainability and regulations.”
 
P. van der Haak Handelskwekerij (specialised in parent stock for geraniums) had already taken Zero Discharge into consideration during the construction of their new site in 2016. “Along with MPS-ABC and MPS-ProductProof, the Zero Discharge certificate is a perfect addition to our list. The Zero Discharge certification enables us to demonstrate to the government, market and other stakeholders that we have emission-free water flows within our company.
We reuse all of our water; fertilisers and plant protection products never end up in the environment. The Zero Discharge certification aligns perfectly with our core values and sustainability strategy, through which we are taking demonstrable steps towards making our production more sustainable,” said Zuyderwijk.
 
For more information, please contact MPS Service & Support on +31(0)174 615 715 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
The MPS-vignet
 
The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform followyourflowerorplant, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

 
You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

    
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The horticulture sector, the market and the consumer are changing at a rapid pace. New growing techniques and technologies, new applications for crop protection products and increasing consumer demand for sustainable products. MPS wants to continue to meet the needs of customers and the market. In order to continue to do so in the future, MPS is committed to innovation with regard to all its products and services; we are currently working on our IT applications and new online and real-time tools. The development of MPS-ABC version 2019 is also in full swing.
We want to place even more emphasis on dialogue with our customers and stakeholders, which is why two new meetings of the MPS Customer Panel are scheduled to take place this month. These events let us remain in open dialogue and test our plans with customers and stakeholders from the entire chain. 

We have recently welcomed the 500th participant of MPS-GAP. One of the very first audits (MPS-GAP version 11; benchmarked with GLOBALG.A.P.) has been carried out at ‘SOGO by Dümmen Orange’ in Taiwan. In addition, the Green florist label was launched, which is tested and guaranteed by the MPS Group. As you can see, we are fully committed to taking sustainability to the next level in the entire flowers & ornamentals chain. 

 
Yolande van den Boom
CEO MPS-Group
MPS Group to test and guarantee new Green florist label
Topbloemen.nl has launched a new sustainability label, called Green florist. Florists who are awarded this quality label have demonstrated that they contribute to nature, mankind and the environment in a positive way. 

Individual bouquets and florists themselves are tested by means of MPS-ECAS. At least 80% of the flowers in a Green florist-certified sustainable bouquet must be demonstrably MPS-A or MPS-A+ certified. Green florists are also tested on aspects such as sustainable procurement, waste separation, electricity, transport, personnel and traceability.
The traceability of flowers, and guaranteeing their sustainable provenance, is becoming an increasingly strict requirement that organisations simply have to meet. MPS operates the platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, which lets growers demonstrate how they handle sustainability in their companies. The track&trace system integrated into www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en mainly deals with mono-bouquets and plants. The Green florist label is a great addition that will improve the traceability of mixed bouquets and will contribute to the sustainable development of the entire chain. 
Country focus: Taiwan 
The demand for MPS certification in Taiwan is growing steadily. It is becoming increasingly important for growers in this country to produce their crops in a transparent, sustainable way. Growers in Taiwan are facing an increasing demand for MPS-ABC certified products from Dutch Phalaenopsis and Anthurium growers. Many of these growers are MPS-GAP certified and are therefore obliged to buy parent materials that are MPS-ABC qualified.  



 
SOGO by Dümmen Orange is one of the parent material suppliers who are based in Taiwan. The company mainly focuses on breeding Phalaenopsis and tissue culture for markets in Northwest Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia, among others. This company has been MPS-GAP and MPS-ABC certified for years: in fact, it is where one of the very first MPS-GAP version 11 audits (benchmarked with GLOBALG.A.P.) was carried out. 

MPS-ECAS auditor Leen van Driel was in Taiwan last week to carry out several audits and give a presentation to the Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association (TFEA). TFEA is an organisation with many members in the flowers & ornamentals sector, such as breeders, traders and growers. During this meeting, MPS certification was explained in greater detail and the attendees were given insight into how MPS can help growers become more sustainable. The event was attended by over 100 interested parties from the sector.
The MPS vignette; are you ready?
The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

You can find more information here.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPS Service & Support team in The Netherlands at:

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MPS-ABC 
New MPS Customer Panel meetings


During the first MPS Customer Panel on July 5 of this year, the developments around MPS-ABC were central. Jan Kamphof (Interim Manager of MPS Management & Development) outlined MPS’ vision of this programme for the near future.  Input from the MPS Customer Panel has been used to further develop MPS-ABC as MPS wants to continue to meet the needs of customers and the market. That is why new panel meetings will be scheduled to test new developments. In addition, we will be organising online meetings for the foreign members of the MPS Customer Panel. 

If you would like to participate in the discussion and help take decisions about the new MPS-ABC, sign up for the MPS Customer Panel now and join us at one of the following events: 
 
MPS Customer Panel: MPS-ABC 3.0
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: MPS, De Lier
Target audience: Traders, Retail, Branch organisations, Stakeholders
 
MPS Customer Panel: MPS-ABC 3.0
Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: MPS, De Lier
Target audience: Growers

 
Current members of the MPS Customer Panel will receive a personal invitation for the meeting later this week. 

If you would like to sign up for the MPS Customer Panel or if you have any questions, please contact Eveline van Hooren by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +31 (0)6 10 08 94 24.
Instructional videos for MPS-ABC registration

MPS supports participants in MPS-ABC and, optionally, MPS-ProductProof in registering their consumption levels as efficiently and easily as possible. 
Registration (periodic registration) or Actres Top (daily registration) and have any questions about this, you can now also consult our instructional videos with useful tips & tricks. These instructional videos will soon also be available in English. You can find our instructional videos here.

Of course, our Service & Support team is always ready to help: Contact MPS Service & Support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +31 (0)174 615 715.

Annual evaluation of MPS-ABC standards


MPS-ABC participants register various environmental aspects of their consumption, including crop protection, fertilisers, energy and waste. This lets growers show the market, authorities and society as a whole how sustainable their production methods truly are. In addition, registration can help provide valuable information.

The standards used in the MPS-ABC system are determined on the basis of the consumption of all participating companies. Every year, various analyses are conducted to determine whether the standards are still accurate, after which they are modified, if necessary. These modifications sometimes involve making the standards more strict, but in other cases, the standards can become more lenient. This can differ for each registered element. MPS specifies these standards in consultation with the MPS Board of Stakeholders, which is made up of various sector representatives. 

Generally speaking, the standards are adjusted at the start of period 11 (this year: 8 October - 4 November 2018). All participating companies will receive an e-mail informing about the technical details before the start of period 11.

The main reason for adjusting the standards every year is to ensure that MPS-ABC remains a challenging programme characterised by a good relation between MPS-A, B and C. That is why we evaluate our standards regularly, aiming for a maximum of 80% MPS-A.

The full impact of the modified standards will become apparent after a year, which translates to after period 10 in 2019. It goes without saying that the impact will start becoming visible in the first qualifications of 2019. We therefore recommend keeping a close eye on the first qualifications of 2019, so that you can anticipate on any changes made to the standards if necessary.

If you have any questions about this, or about the MPS-ABC score, you can always contact
MPS Service & Support via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. +31 (0) 174 615 715.



 
Are you all ready for the uniform MPS vignette?

The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

 



You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

Go here for more information. 

 
Company in focus: Valto

MPS-ECAS is a certification body that carries out independent audits. MPS-ECAS provides product, system and inspection certifications in the Netherlands and abroad. Valto is one of the innovative companies that MPS-ECAS has been providing with ISO certificates for years. 

Since 2005, Valto has been working on developing a solution for the PEPMV virus (Pepino mosaic virus), the most contagious virus to affect tomato plants, which has proven to be very difficult to combat. Over the past decade, it has conducted myriad tests and treated many hectares with its ‘flu shot for tomatoes’, the V10 treatment. “A positive side effect that has emerged after many years of studying the effects of V10, is that plants that are treated with V10 under the right conditions produce more at an earlier stage of the process”, says Thorben Looije, owner of Valto. 

In June, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgp) gave its definite stamp of approval to the product, which is now attracting interest from all over the world. "We have now also started testing our organic approach on other crops. We are currently running pilots with cucumbers, attempting to tackle the Cucumber Mosaic Virus in much the same way. In the future, we strive to solve many more problems faced by growers worldwide in the same, sustainable way.”, says Looije. 

More information needed? Please contact Mark van Erp via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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