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13:47 Nov 3, 2013
Dutch to English translations [PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
Dutch term or phrase:Een taart bij
Here is the whole sentence. The text is about an association of different companies and its members. In fact the association has 4,000 participant members globally, not just in the Netherlands, and I really don't understand the 'een tart bij' phrase.
Een taart bij 500 deelnemers tot aan de 4000ste deelnemer in Nederland
Kathy, many thanks for this information.
I would like to know two other things before possibly coming up with an explanation of the relationships.
So far I have been assuming that 'XXX' referred to this association of companies but this may be incorrect.
Could you indicate what XXX refers to in a general sense?
I mean, without giving away confidential details.
From your new information below, the information you gave at Phil Goddard's request, you could infer that this association was founded in order to take away wrong/negative perceptions circulating in the media about XXX.
So, I would like to be sure about what XXX refers to.
And these 'participants', what do they participate in?
Here is the surrounding text with confidential details deleted. Not sure it will help much!
Wat deden we 15 jaar geleden en waar staan we nu.
We zijn ontstaan uit een initiatief vanuit de sierteeltsector. Opgericht om de buitenwereld te tonen, met feiten, dat we goed bezig zijn. Je kon geen blad openslaan of er werd wat gepubliceerd overXXX. Een taart bij 500 deelnemers tot aan de 4000ste deelnemer in Nederland. Er was nog geen enkele retailer die er om vroeg.
DIY-stores give away buckets with "oliebollenmix" and icing sugar during X-mas-time. You can buy a cake for €2,- in the supermarket so with wholesale-prices in mind, it's not that expensive yet very festive...
Hi - I can see where you are going with this but am not 100% convinced. It's an association of plant and flowers growers and I don't see why they would send out cakes? I wondered if it was like a pie in a metaphorical sense?
So they are trying to increase the number of participants to/equal the global total amount of 4000 in the NL. Participant #500 will receive a cake and so will Participant #501 upto #4000. Maybe "elke" is missing, that would imply that only every 500th Participant will get a cake. "Taart" could also mean "celebration (of a target reached)/bonus". First target: 500, second target: 1000, etc.