Cerescon was founded in November 2014 by Ad and Marc Vermeer and Thérèse van Vinken.
Ad Vermeer has more than 30 years’ experience in high-tech machine development in a variety of roles,
in particular in the field of development management and system architecture. Ad is also the co-founder of the successful high-tech startup SoLayTec B.V.
Ad has overall responsibility for technology.
Over a period of 30 years, Thérèse van Vinken Vinken has held various positions in project management, marketing
and marketing communications at Philips, FEI and ASML. Thérèse is responsible for general management, operational management and marketing activities for Cerescon.
Marc Vermeer had been an asparagus grower for more than 25 years (VermeerAsperges Leende).
It was Ad and Marc who first came up with the idea of automatic selective harvesting. Sadly, Marc was only able to see the
beginnings of Cerescon: after a short illness he passed away in December 2014. In the meantime, Ad and Thérèse continue with the work,
together with the input of asparagus application know-how from the User Group and Wageningen University of Research.
Cerescon is the first business worldwide to have successfully demonstrated the viability of an automatic selective
asparagus harvesting machine. Selective harvesting means that only individual asparagus with the correct size requirements are picked:
the remaining asparagus must be left undisturbed for several days before being harvested. Cerescon is taking up the challenge of creating a
successful product from this exciting innovation and so enable the company to meet its ambition of becoming a world leader in changing the face of
Sparter is still under development. A beta version of the machine was put through its paces by the Wageningen University of
Research for the 2017 growing season and by several large cultivators in Cerescon’s User Group. The first Sparter was sold in 2018 and several
demonstrations have been organized amongst asparagus growers. Are you an asparagus grower with a serious interest in Cerescon’s
innovative new technology and would like to attend a product demonstration? If so, make this known by filling out our Contact