Finnish Kekkilä and Dutch BVB have joined forces, combining decades of horticultural know-how to create a new leader in organic substrates. The company comes at a time when the world needs to focus on sustainable growth more than ever.
Kekkilä-BVB features vast and versatile production and supply capacity, unique R&D know-how, a global network of distributors and retailers, and a combined 250-million-euro turnover.
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Hasselfors Garden founded
King Charles IV donated land to nobleman Henrik Falkenberg, who built Hasselforgarden ironworks there. The bogs surrounding the area were taken into use, and peat from them was used as a fuel for the ironworks.
BVB Substrates founded
Started in 1908 as a trading company of animal feeding in Maasland. Founded by Mr. Maarten van Buuren (1880–1940).
Agronomoist Mikko Jortikka built a flourishing test garden for Kekkilä mansion. He tested fertilizers and nutrition needs of plants. Selling of commercial fertilizers started in 1924. In 1940 Hasslefors Garden started to pack and sell horticultural peat for households.
Substrates for professional horticulture
Since 1960’s BVB Substrate's focus shifted towards substrates for professional horticulture. Also Kekkilä started to sell professional growing substrates outside Europe. Sales of Superex fertilizers by Kekkilä started. 1961 Hasselfors Garden bought Solmull product to markets.
BVB Substrates starts production for consumers
BVB Substrates started production for consumers. Further development with production of casing soil for mushrooms (Euroveen), substrates for soft fruit production, tree nurseries and landscaping. Kekkilä Garden and Hasselfors Garden came together in 2000.
Kekkilä Group and BVB Substrates came together to form Kekkilä-BVB — the leading organic substrates company in Europe.