International' was founded by Dutchman Mr. Bart van Rijt in 2009. The
of his own trading business is not out of the blue as his parents had a
trading business in European charcuterie (e.g.
Italian dry-cured hams). The products were sold in The
Belgium and the Caribbean. Already from his childhood years on he
visited business relations and trade fairs in entire
Bart's education at institute for the meat
industry (SVO) was a logical continuation.
After graduating, he studied
Spanish in Barcelona -Spain- and went on to
internships in the Spanish
charcuterie industry. Upon returning to The Netherlands, he started
working for the family business. With his Spanish language
product and culture knowledge he expanded the product portfolio to
Spanish ceramics and Mediterranean specialties (e.g.
olives, olive oil,
roasted bread, sauces and tapas).
Bart also began facilitating exports to Latin America which quickly
became his favorite holiday destination.
after external take-over of the family business Bart resigned and went on
a Sabbatical year in South America. After returning he worked one year
at a Dutch trading
business of food
products (e.g. Chinese garlic,
frozen French fries and Dutch agro like onions and potatoes). In 2009 the time was ripe to
tribute to his passion for food, international
trade and Latin America. With focus on Agro products like onions, garlic and beans.
At a business travel in 2013 Bart met his wife in Paraguay. Since
then he commutes between the Netherlands and Paraguay, where the product range got extended with chía products and sesame seeds.
For more information about Bart see his public profile at LinkedIn