Let’s talk about business! THE networking event in the region is known as B2BnB. “Business to Business in Bruges” is a joint initiative of four economic organizations: De Hanze, JCI Bruges, APZI, and VOKA.

This event taking place on the Thursday evening (starting 18h30)  provides you with a great key note speaker and a networking reception. The ideal moment to exchange thoughts and business cards! 

Event details

The B2BnB will take place on Thursday 9th of June, 2022 as of 18h30. A networking reception is included in the ticket.


Gabrielle Kalkwijk - CEO @ Ardo

Gabrielle Kalkwijk - CEO @ Ardo

Gabrielle Kalkwijk is the CEO of the West Flemish frozen vegetable company Ardo since October 2019. The company founded and owned by the Haspeslagh family has a turnover of €1.2 billion and annually processes over 940,000 tonnes of vegetables, fruit and herbs, which it sells in more than 100 countries. It employs around 4,000 people worldwide.

Gabrielle started her career in 1991 at the dairy company FrieslandCampina. She lived and worked abroad for more than 10 years; in Poland, Russia and Germany. Since 2012 she worked for the American family owned company Dawn Foods (producing and marketing ingredients for the bakery industry), where she was also member of the Executive Board and in that role was responsible for ‘Manufacturing’ worldwide.

Since 2008 she lives in the Netherlands again with her family (husband and 2 studying children). They recently built their dream house in the countryside. Gabrielle enjoys horse riding in her spare time and has a great passion for leadership and team development. Her motto is ‘Achieving results by connecting people’.

Our partners

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“Networking in an informal atmosphere”

International Club of Flanders The Hanze was founded in 1978 by a few local industrialists with a clear historical reference to the Hanseatic League of Cities. Around the 15th century, this phenomenon reached its peak, when some 200 cities (including Bruges) worked together.


VOKA West-Vlaanderen is part of the Flemish entrepreneurial organization VOKA. VOKA was founded in 2004 and represents 18.000 small, midsize and big companies, totally 66% of the added value in Flanders and 910.000 employees.


APZI (Association Port of Zeebrugge Interests) is de group of private port and port related enterprises in Zeebrugge and Brugge. De association is active in domains such as port representation, promotion, networking and services for the port community in Zeebrugge.


During the First World War, Zeebrugge became the operational base for the German submarine fleet, coordinated from their headquarters on the Market Square in Bruges. Fortunately, both world wars left the historic city centre virtually unscathed, making Bruges increasingly appealing to visitors and culture-lovers alike. Its beauty and attraction was confirmed in 2000, when UNESCO classified the entire medieval inner city as a world heritage site. The rest, as they say, is history.


JCI is the acronym of Junior Chamber International. We are a nonprofit global organization of 200,000 young people aged between 18 and 40, present in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world.
Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create a lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.
We strive for effective  solutions to the unique problems in our communities in order to build a better world, thereby creating global impact.

Day Program

The B2BnB network event only provides a small taste of a more in depth program, which can be attended in the afternoon. The Business Day gives an in depth, but still diverse, overview of all aspects of the Farm to Fork Strategy in the Food Business. Attendees of the B2BnB network event are invited to take on the full menu of the Business Day as well.

Read all about it on the page linked here: