Testimonials

In the last three decades 416 talented young professionals and over 200 international companies have benefited from their association with the Prince Albert Fund.  Find out how the Fund has contributed to their personal career development and international business expansion, as they share with us their experiences below.

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Julie Capiau - Participant 2017

"I learned a lot about European consumers, which completely changed my personal consumption. I became much more sustainable and socially responsible."

Role

Julie contributed to the development of two of Greenyard’s sourcing offices, in Colombia and Peru.

Responsibilities

In Colombia, Julie completed the necessary steps to initiate the export of flowers (a new segment for Greenyard Colombia), searching for certified growers, analyzing and defining the required logistics and presenting the plan to Greenyard Flowers in the Netherlands, which is the import entity. Julie was also involved in a similar process for the export of limes, which culminated in the export of this produce to various Greenyard entities in Europe.

In Peru, she completed another project, namely mapping the existing and prospective new growers in order to forecast the potential of Peru as an important sourcing country for Greenyard as a group. “I reviewed the current plantations and productions and discussed future developments and expansions. Based on the information I collected, I created a production forecast for 2021.”

How she benefited

“I gained personal skills that helped me to deal with different kinds of people. Almost all the people I worked with were agronomical engineers,” Julie explains, adding that 95%
 of them were men. This Prince Albert Fund experience certainly transformed her into a much more “resistant” person at the end.

Julie also has learned a lot about export and import, which was 
a completely new business area to her. She was also introduced to the very interesting basics
 of agriculture: how Greenyard crops grow, which challenges agriculture faces in this part of the world. This gave her a very good idea of this industry’s huge potential.

The company – Greenyard Fresh

Greenyard Fresh is a global market leader in fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants. It has operations worldwide and serves a global customer base, which includes most of the leading retailers in Europe. The group has more than 8,000 employees in 25 countries worldwide.

“Julie was appreciated for her professionalism, enthusiasm and desire to learn. Her entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving attitude also helped her to achieve her objectives.”

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