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NORDIS’s history dates back to the beginning of the 1960s, when the company became well-known under the name Bloemenhandel J.M. Storsbergen & Zoon. In this era of the first luxury river cruise ships, Grandad Storsbergen started as a supplier of flower decorations for the motor ship Europa from German shipping firm Köln-Düsseldorfer. In the ensuing decades, the focus of our company shifted from flowers to fruit and vegetables and we increasingly presented ourselves as a supplier of fresh produce.

NORDIS, established as RHINE RIVER SUPPLY by Joop Storsbergen on 1 August 1984, went on to specialize entirely in the purchase, sale and distribution of produce that was fresh each day to cruise ships.

In recent years, NORDIS has been deploying information technology as a strategic means of maintaining a competitive advantage. Because our customers want to have an insight into their own purchasing figures as well as fresh and high-quality produce, we offer you a number of clear and neatly arranged order and analysis programs. Using these you will be able to make the best choices for your organization in the field of purchasing and you will be making the most of the opportunities the season offers.

Since 2006 we have been gradually replacing our entire fleet of lorries, as a result of which NORDIS now has the most modern and most presentable equipment at its disposal.

In response to our customers’ needs, we have extended our sphere of activity considerably. Demand for a consistent supply of range and quality has prompted us to expand our logistical horizons. Nowadays NORDIS supplies cruise ships on a large number of European waterways:

  • North Sea (The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany)

  • Maas (since 1960)

  • Rhine (since 1975)

  • Moselle (since 1984)

  • Main (since 2000)

  • Danube, as far as Budapest (since 2004)

  • Seine and Rhone (since 2008)

  • Elbe (since 2010)

In the future we will increasingly use alternative logistics channels, partly due to environmental and cost factors. As part of this, NORDIS has entered into partnership with ODIN Schiffsausrüstung from Bremerhaven, Germany. The goal of this partnership is to provision joint customers with the aid of one lorry.

It takes a lot of energy and resources to get fresh raspberries or green beans outside the Dutch season on the ships. But that is not visible to the product. NORDIS helps you in making sustainable choices.

Before your fruits and vegetables end up in your store a lot of effort has been put into the cultivation, packaging and transport. Which is largely generated from fossil fuels and produces greenhouse gases. The space for farmland counts for the final environmental impact. On the products is not visible which yields the least environmental impact. We integrated our product list with the fruit and vegetable calendar of Milieu Centraal: it relates environmental classes to the total environmental impact of the production, transportation and packaging. Fruit and vegetables in environmental class A and B cause the least environmental impact, environmental products in Class D and E most.

The fruit and vegetable calendar of Milieu Centraal indicates per month and country of origin the environmental class of a product. The country of origin of a product is stated on both our website and invoice.