The plan to grow cucumbers year-round did not come out of the blue. The demand for this comes from Dutch supermarkets who want cucumbers with a stable quality and security of supply from their own region throughout the year. Tielemans took up the challenge with a project group of a number of cucumber growers within Kompany, a fruit and vegetable sales organization in Venlo, the Netherlands, which also provided a significant part of the financing.
Tielemans, for example, sees growing cucumbers under LED lighting as a mutual learning process that still needs to mature. "The experience of the growers is also very important for Signify to make the light recipes even better. We learn a lot from and with each other and that creates a win-win situation.”