Hein Deprez

Hein Deprez is Executive Chairman and reference shareholder of Greenyard Foods, a listed company and business combination of the companies Pinguïn, Noliko, UNIVEG and Peatinvest. Greenyard Foods employs 8150 persons in 27 countries all over the world. Together, they realise a turnover of 4 billion EUR and are therefore a unique number 1 in the world in the field of fruit and vegetables.

The mission of the group is:

“To help people live a healthier life
by getting them to enjoy fruit and vegetables
at any time of the day
in an easy, fast and tasty way.”

 Greenyard Foods consists of :


Starting out with a mushroom farm in Belgium in 1983, Hein Deprez founded UNIVEG in 1987. In the market of fresh fruit and vegetables, UNIVEG is the third largest company in the world with a turnover of 3.3 billion EUR and 5,550 employees. Today the UNIVEG Group is active in 27 countries on 5 continents and focuses on 3 business activities: fruit & vegetables, flowers & plants and logistics & transport.

PINGUIN & NOLIKO (the former Greenyard Foods)

Since 2006 Hein Deprez has been reference shareholder of Greenyard Foods: he was CEO of the company from 2010 to 2013, and since 2014 he is Chairman of the Board. Greenyard Foods is one of the largest producers of frozen and canned vegetables in Europe. Pinguin and Noliko celebrate their 50 years existence in 2015.


As from 2003 Hein Deprez is also the owner of Peatinvest, a European market leader in quality peat substrates and potting soils and one of the top 5 companies in its industry. Peltracom has been involved in the horticultural sector for 30 years and employs 400 people. Their wide range of potting soils is marketed under the Peltracom brand for the professional market and Agrofino for the hobby market.

Hein Deprez is also majority shareholder and Executive Chairman of “Orchards Invest” and “The Fruit Farm Group”: together 8000 hectares of plantations in Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Suriname, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Spain. These companies employ 5000 people.

International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture