January 16, 2021

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How a Flemish breeder became the biggest with billions of littlest ones …

How a Flemish breeder became the biggest with billions of littlest ones ...

You can conquer the world with ladybugs, parasitic wasps, mites or bumblebees. The Kempense BioBest has just taken over its American colleague Beneficial Insectary and made the company one of the world’s leading companies in its branch. It now has an annual turnover of 150 million euros, growing and selling billions of these “beneficial insects”. And let’s say it started 33 years ago with a Kempen vet, some bumblebees and a greenhouse full of tomatoes.

Westerlo employs 1,600 people worldwide. There is a breeding center in Mexico, Morocco and recently also in the USA and of course here in Kempen. There are always climatic chambers …