There are agreements between growers and traders on the quality of the products traded at the auction. These agreements refer to product quality, assortment, packaging and information on the product. The agreements are set out in the VBN product specifications.
The product specifications contain the terms for growers to be able to participate in the sale process at the auctions. The product specifications also make the supply at the auctions objectively understandable to traders. They form the basis of quality assurance as well.
General and product-specific specifications
The specifications consist of two parts: general specifications and product specifications. The general specifications for cut flowers, house plants and garden plants contain the general agreements for those product groups.
There are also additional product-specific agreements, presented in the product specifications. These are appendices to the general specifications that are issued for each product. The complete specification for a product is therefore formed by the product specifications together with the general specifications. If general specifications are not available for a given product, only the general specifications will apply.
The product specifications are continually updated. The date in the index indicates when the most recent modification occurred.
Sorting by ripeness and thickness: purchasing specifications Flowers and plants exist in countless different forms and stages. They vary in terms of ripeness and thickness (volume), among other things. Sorting the product into uniform batches provides an insight into the diverse supply. Photos help in sorting by ripeness and thickness. The search function indicates for each product the thickness and ripeness sorting photos that are available. The photos are appendices to the product specification. If you select a product specification, the applicable photos are immediately visible.
Based on the product specifications, growers, auctions and purchasing traders can assess the quality of the product. Checklists are used as an additional resource in quality control. The checklists provide a brief summary of the most important elements of the product specification used in preparing the product for auction and quality control. The available checklists can be found using the search function. If you select a product specification, you will immediately see the corresponding checklists. There is a checklist manual explaining their use.