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Gourmet nuts, dried fruits, nut mixes, chocolates, yogurt covered items, and Dutch Stroopwafels, all with a touch of European elegance.

EVERY ADVENTURE STARTS WITH THE FIRST STEP

To help you understand how the L’Orenta Nuts you know (and L’Ove!) came to be, it’s important to us to take you back to the beginning.

It all started back in 1934 when our great great grandfather formed a nut company called De Schaap B.V. by purchasing a small store in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Noticing the lack of quality throughout the marketplace, he dreamed of creating a new standard when it came to gourmet treats. By importing only the finest nuts and dried fruits, he took great care to select a range of products that would delight every client that came through the door.

Visiting his nut store was never a simple trip to the market. It was an experience where you would find yourself surrounded by kind people and the alluring sights and pleasant smells from in-store roasted nuts.

After bringing joy to so many people, he had every intention to share this experience with all of Europe. Shortly before the Second World War, his business had grown large enough to purchase a small warehouse. Sadly, neither the factory nor our great grandfather survived the war. Although he lost his chance to fulfill his dreams, we have never lost sight of our great-great grandfather’s dream.

AND SO THE STORY CONTINUES

Out of the rubble of World War 2, our grandfather (never one to accept defeat) rebuilt the entire company. He took hold of our great grandfather’s dream and set forth on the path to fulfill the De Schaap vision. With his perseverance, the company had grown exponentially and had thousands of stores across Europe. De Schaap’s distinct approach to quality and service had laid the groundwork for its prosperity, and the company would continue to develop throughout the years.

During the 1970s, the company expanded further to include a larger production facility, salmon smokery, honey farms, in-house laboratory for quality control, warehouses, and more office space. No matter how much it grew, our family values were never shaken. The company was vertically integrated, and the business remained under full control by the Henselijn family.

During the 1980s, De Schaap augmented its reach by forming Hocorn B.V., a company focused on the import and export of an even wider range of food products. The new company shared the same ethos as De Schaap—to spread gratification with remarkable products and cordial service. In 1995, the family made the decision to sell De Schaap.

Although De Schaap was a piece of our family’s history, letting it go allowed us to focus all our efforts on Hocorn. To this day, Hocorn B.V. is an industry leader in its segment in Europe and remains owned by the Henselijn family. Hocorn is focused on general foods and wholesales to supermarkets many highly recognizable brands.

AN OLD LOVE NEVER DIES

Although our grandfather sold the company, the passion never faded. The soul of that little nut shop in Amsterdam lives on. Today, his grandson Sam Henselijn would like to introduce you to L’Orenta Nuts. Starting in the United States, he is continuing his families’ tradition of selling fine products while providing an authentic European experience to his customers. L’Orenta Nuts sells nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, nut mixes, yogurt-covered items, gift sets, corporate gifts and more. We created the “Indulgence Club”, a monthly surprise box with delicious nuts and treats.

 

INTRODUCING L’ORENTA NUTS

Although our grandfather sold the company, the passion never faded. The soul of that little nut shop in Amsterdam lives on.

Today, his grandson Sam Henselijn would like to introduce you to L’Orenta Nuts.

Starting in the United States, Sam is continuing his family’s tradition of selling fine products while providing an authentic European experience to his customers. L’Orenta Nuts sells nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, hand blended nut mixes, yogurt-covered items, authentic stroopwafels, gift sets, corporate gifts and more.

For almost 90 years, our belief has always been that the customer defines our success.

Since 1934, our family has placed significant value on quality, and L’Orenta is no exception.

We have sought out local farms that provide us with only the freshest ingredients to work with. From there, we infuse them with unique European flavors that will arouse and excite your senses. When you visit L’Orenta, you will be enveloped in warm aromas and exquisite tastes. Like our great grandfather did so many years ago, we invite you into our home.

That is the L’Orenta experience.