Sadly, today's tour was our last experience in Europe. We were fortunate enough to spend it with KWS Seed. In the morning, Rudiger Strohm gave us an overview of the company in the present and their goals for the future. It was interesting to learn that the company has three...
May 25, 2012
Today we left Hotel Rheinischer Hof in Duisburg, Germany and headed to Warstein where our first visit of the day was at Elmar Steinruecke's Percheran and horse training farm. We got to walk through the barns and a few of us even had the opportunity to sit on their Percheron...
May 24, 2012
This morning we had the opportunity to visit McDonald's Food Town located in Duisburg, Germany. Although there was not a McDonald's in sight, we still enjoyed many of our favorite foods. Food Town was developed around the concept of efficient logistics and distribution. Two of McDonald's largest suppliers, OSI Food...
May 23, 2012
After leaving Leiden for the last time this morning, we and all our luggage headed to visit the ADM cocoa processing facilty in the Amsterdam port area. Ad Grinwis, the Logistics Coordinator for the facility, showed us the discharge station where beans from other countries, namely Ivory Coast and West...
May 22, 2012
It was an early morning! We departed at 6:30 a.m. for the flower market: FloraHolland. Our tour guide, Niek, showed us around the market. We couldn't believe the thousands of flowers we saw coming through the marketplace. It was interesting to learn about how the flowers are brought into the...
May 21, 2012
Taking advantage of the free day, we experienced a train ride ending in the most famous city in Holland; Amsterdam. Before even leaving Leiden, Matt decided it would be a good idea to stop for a coffee and proceeded to miss the train. This was a great start to a...
May 20, 2012
We were up early in Leiden and hit the road for a very interesting day. First, we visited a huge windmill which was installed 7 years ago by a group of regular citizens. The windmill provides power for 1400 households in the area. It was fascinating to go inside the...
May 19, 2012
We started off the day super early and actually on time for once, pulling out of the hotel by 6:30am. We left Leuven for the last time and headed to the Mechelse Veilingen (Vegetable Auction) where Luc Peeters, head of external relations, gave us the overview of their company. Mechelse...
May 18, 2012
Our class had the opportunity to visit the city of Brugge, Belgium for the beginning part of Thursday, a day that Belgian Catholics celebrate as the Ascension Day Holiday. The majority of businesses across the country were closed today in celebration of the holiday. Brugge remains open and serves as...
May 17, 2012
On Wednesday May 16th, we started of our day with a trip to the Kraft Foods Biscuit Plant in Herentals, Belgium. In Europe, biscuits are actually what Americans refer to as cookies and crackers in the States. We first sat down with Philippe Housseman, the Associate Director of Research and...
May 16, 2012

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