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Queen briefed about local Vechtdal product range

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OMMEN The concept of promoting smaller scale, locally grown and or processed products has been gaining converts in many places throughout the Netherlands. Local farmers and entrepreneurs around the medieval Overijssel city of Ommen were searching for ways to upgrade their products, create specialized markets, increase added value at the farm gate and boost the local economy. A range of products are now known as 'Vechtdalproducten,' named after the small runoff river Vecht, which meanders from the Bentheim Country in Germany to the Zwolle vicinity. The Vechtdal products were propelled onto the national stage when Queen Beatrix, during her orientation visit to Raalte, Ommen and Dalfsen, was briefed about the concept.