Presidential Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2018

October 31, 2018 Since the founding of our Nation, generations of Americans have drawn upon every last measure of grit and determination to push the limits of human knowledge, invention, and capability. Our Nation thrives today because bold entrepreneurs and innovators had vision and drive, stopping at nothing to realize their dreams. This intrepid spirit, ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Eindhoven

On October 24, Ambassador Hoekstra visited the city of Eindhoven , the Netherlands’ fifth largest city. Located in the province of North Brabant, Eindhoven is known as a technology and design hub. The Ambassador began with a visit to the DAF Trucks operations and touring the facility. Ambassador Hoekstra learned more about “Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek” – now called DAF ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra gives a guest lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam

By the invitation of Dr Julian Emami Namini,  Ambassador Hoekstra spoke at the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s School of Economics on the recent developments in the Dutch and EU economic relationship with the United States. A large and engaged group of students asked the Ambassador questions concerning trade, tariffs, and other economic issues. There were about 500 students in attendance. Erasmus University ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Dutch Caribbean; focuses on common links and building future relationships

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the Dutch-Caribbean islands of Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten July 14 to July 19. Through meetings with officials and exploration of local cultural and educational sites, his visit underscored the strength of the shared values between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate General Curaçao helped to ...
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Creating the perfect little dish using U.S. dried fruits and tree nuts

U.S. Dried Fruits and Tree Nuts Recipe Book   (In Dutch and English)  (PDF 1 MB) The popularity of nuts and dried fruits in the Netherlands is rising. One of the largest exporters of almonds, pistachios and walnuts to the Dutch market are the United States. Besides that, the U.S. is the largest supplier of cranberries and (dried) plums to the Netherlands. On ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Bier&cO in Amsterdam

On April 3, 2018 Ambassador Hoekstra visited Bier&cO in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s leading importers of U.S. craft beer. Here, the Ambassador and the staff of Bier&cO had a round table discussion about the market for craft beer. Stephanie Heijning category manager at Albert Heijn informed the Ambassador about the attractive and innovative packaging of craft ...
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American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) hosts welcome dinner honoring the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra

On March 27, 2018, the Rotterdam Chapter of the AmCham hosted a welcome dinner on board the SS Rotterdam to honor the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. Among the guests were members of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation consisting of Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman John “Judge” Carter, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congressman ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra learns of innovations and opportunities in Groningen

March 6-7 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited his birthplace – the city of Groningen. His two-day journey offered a nostalgic look at the city where his parents lived, but also included briefings and meetings with officials, local businesses, universities, and institutes to learn about the innovative opportunities in the northern city. The Ambassador visited ...
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CDA hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Dinner in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine Crowley hosted a dinner with women business leaders.  Guests came from a variety of fields and discussed mentoring, leadership, start-up financing, and many other topics.  We were also joined by the Global Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Carine de Meyere, who ...
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Visit of U.S. Embassy staff to PepsiCo Nederland

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited PepsiCo’s Lay’s, Smiths and Cheetos factory in Broek op Langedijk. The factory was the first to produce potato chips in the Netherlands when it opened in 1958. Today, the factory supplies a wide assortment of snacks for the European market. In addition to the Broek op Langedijk facility, PepsiCo also ...
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2nd Sight BioScience and U.S. Embassy visit Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet to look for opportunities to further automate harvesting

Marcel Pinckaers (Foreign Agricultural Service) and Alec Boydston (Foreign Commercial Service) accompanied Kevin Oldenburg, CEO of Spokane, Washington based 2nd Sight BioScience, on a fact-finding visit to commercial greenhouse growers in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The visit included a meeting with Erik Helderman from Harvest House, one of the largest grower cooperatives in ...
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Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross February 28, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you for joining us.  On behalf of the President of the United States, it’s my great privilege to administer the oath of office to a man who will become the 39th Secretary of ...
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U.S. Specialty Food exporters meet their Dutch partners

On November 14 and 15, 2016, nine U.S. exporters of Specialty Food Products had one-on-one meetings with twelve importers during a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). This RTM was organized by Food Export USA Northeast in close cooperation with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague. The exporters were welcomed by Chargé D’Affairs Shawn Crowley and ...
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Going for Gold Dinner: Celebrating U.S. – Dutch Trade

CG McCawley joined AmCham’s Executive Director Patrick Mikkelsen and others at this year’s Going for Gold Dinner featuring Royal Vopak CEO Eelco Hoekstra.  Click here to find out how AmCham promotes trade and investment between the U.S. and the Netherlands.
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Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visits the city of Rotterdam

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the city of Rotterdam September 1, 2016. He met with Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. During a visit to the Essalam Islamic Center, he discussed religious freedom and tolerance and had a tour with the Director and staff. The day ended with a tour of the ...
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