Marinus Koppe founded this family-run business in 1910. The first greenhouse complex was in the heart of Ermelo, where the town hall is located today. Marinus ran the company along with 3 of his children. In 1974, the company relocated to its current location on Fazantlaan in Ermelo. Marinus’s son, Herman Koppe (Sr), subsequently took over. Following the premature death of his father in 1979, son Bert took responsibility on his own at a very young age. In a nutshell, a genuine family business passed on from one generation to the next. Bert quickly developed a passion for Begonias and decided to specialise in just these plants.
Over time, the facility on Fazantlaan became too small and a new property in Kootwijkerbroek was purchased. Initially, just the propagation of cuttings was done here. Later, breeding activities were started under the guidance of Mr Karper. It was during these years that the foundations were laid for the company’s present-day breeding success.
The company continued to grow. In 2009, the Kootwijkerbroek site was replaced by a modern, automated propagation facility in Aalsmeer. In 2013, the company decided to establish a propagation site in Portugal and thereby take control of the entire process. So now, most unrooted cuttings come from Portugal and are continuously matched with new parent material from the Netherlands.
M. Koppe BV, now with 3 branches and more than 3 generations under its belt, has weathered many storms and is one of the few remaining family businesses in the plant stock industry. Everyone who works at Koppe is proud of what we produce and the history of the company. Growth at Koppe is currently in full swing, with the company investing in ICT, technology and its employees. This is to prepare the management team for taking over the reins.