“We may live and work in completely different countries, but we understand each other, and our mutual understanding is the foundation for all the years we have worked together.” This is how Radosław Tyc, CEO at Awex, describes his relationship with Waterman Onions.
They have been working together for over 15 years, and Radosław believes it was love at first sight. “On a more serious note, the real story was slightly different,” he continues. “The first batch of onions we bought from Waterman was not a success. I was not satisfied and called Erik Waterman. He responded well to the situation and showed me how he approaches business.”
The very next day, Erik met Radosław in Poland to see what was wrong with his own eyes. “He understood what I meant right away and solved it. To me, that is what doing business is all about. We got on well together, and that click has never disappeared.”
Both companies have grown considerably over the years. Radosław started the company in 1989 and now employs more than 150 employees, making Awex a major player. The company mainly sells potatoes and onions to supermarkets, sourcing 85% of its products from Poland.
“Apart from the fact that we share the same philosophy when it comes to doing business, we also attach great value to our people. Ultimately, they are the key. We wouldn’t be able to achieve our high quality standards without them, and we have to cherish that, just like our long-lasting relationship.”