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Monday, August 13, 2018


Paul Van de Mierop, Den Berk Delice:

"Investing in consumer trust pays off in the end"

Last year, Belgian Bellino growers took over the brand from Coöperatie Hoogstraten. They see opportunities to deliver produce of constant quality from Belgian soil to the consumer year-round. With a brand-oriented strategy they want to further increase their market share both in Belgium and abroad."To me,.....

Video: Robot harvests TOVs

VIDEO Earlier this summer we told you all about Metomotion's plans to create a multi-purpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse. With over 35% of the hi-tech greenhouse acreage globally filled with tomatoes, the first objective of the company was to create a robotic tomato.....

Bayer shares plummet after Roundup cancer trial

Bayer shares plunged more than 10 percent on Monday after a California jury ordered the German company’s newly acquired Monsanto subsidiary to pay $289 million for not warning of cancer risks posed by its main weed killer. The case against Monsanto, bought by Bayer this year for $63 billion, is the first of.....

UK: Ebtech Group celebrates 10 years

Hull based engineering company Ebtech Solutions Ltd celebrates its 10th anniversary with a number of new initiatives, giving the opportunity for the company to develop into the future, alongside its sister company Ebtech Glasshouse Systems Ltd.Born out of heating engineering in the horticultural industry,.....

Slovakia: Coating helps tomatoes get through hot summers

After a few years of experience with ReduFuse, tomato grower Prima Fruit switched to ReduFuse IR. This coating combines optimal light distribution with heat shielding in Slovakia’s harsh land climate.Krisztian Kovacs of Prima FruitPrima Fruit, where Krisztián Kovács is the grower, is part of the GreenCoop.....

August 31, Tucson

US (AZ): Seminar on advances in controlled environment agriculture

"A scientist is always in quest of new information, challenging ideas, and the application of new technologies to one’s own research and teaching endeavors. And so, over the past year, or so, I have had the opportunity and privilege of travelling across the globe in search of these exciting experiences as.....

Earth Juice announces strategic partnership with Hydrofarm

Hydro-Organics, manufacturer of Earth Juice products, announced a strategic national distribution partnership with Hydrofarm, an independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and horticultural products. Earth Juice products have provided growers with high-quality and affordable plant.....
Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

“Is the Turkish lira past saving?”

The decline in value of the Turkish currency has accelerated in the past week. If the central bank doesn’t take swift and bold action, consequences will be incalculable, according to Laurens Maartens of the Dutch Payment and Exchange Company.Last week, the Turkish lira dropped significantly. On Monday, the.....


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BlueTerra Energy Experts:

"Use of CHP for biomass and green gas mainly at high lighting levels and CO2 requirement"

The important role that CHP plays in the filling in of Dutch energy demand comes under pressure now that a sustainable energy supply is required and alternatives are presenting themselves. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean the end of CHP. A CHP on sustainable fuel can play a smaller but crucial.....


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Earth Juice announces strategic partnership with Hydrofarm

Hydro-Organics, manufacturer of Earth Juice products, announced a strategic national distribution partnership with Hydrofarm, an independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and horticultural products. Earth Juice products have provided growers with high-quality and affordable plant.....


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More hot peppers grown in Argentina in recent years

The volume of spicy peppers that entered the Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA) has experienced a marked rise during the last campaigns. According to the MCBA, this exponential growth is due to the heterogeneity of the seeds used for the production of hot peppers that supply said market, among other.....


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Video: Robot harvests TOVs

VIDEO Earlier this summer we told you all about Metomotion's plans to create a multi-purpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse. With over 35% of the hi-tech greenhouse acreage globally filled with tomatoes, the first objective of the company was to create a robotic tomato.....


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US (CA): Broccoli rabe poised to rise in popularity

With supplies of broccoli rabe at solid levels, one grower is looking to build on the success of the vegetable in the conventional and organic markets. “We’re continuing to grow the program in support of the category’s demand,” says Gabriella Besaw, Sales for D’Arrigo California in Salinas, Ca. “In addition.....


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No more plastic on British cucumbers during UK season

There will be no more plastic on cucumbers at the British retailer Morrisons. Even though the plastic layer is important for a longer shelf life, the retailer gets rid of the plastic during the British growing season. "The cucumbers are very quickly transported from farm to store. We believe there will be.....


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Lidl selling 5kg boxes of wonky fruit and veg for just £1.50

Lidl is following in Asda and Morrisons’ footsteps by selling slightly damaged fruit and veg at a discount.The supermarket will now sell 5kg boxes of imperfect fruit and vegetables for £1.50 across 122 of its UK stores in a food waste reduction initiative.Boxes will be sold from 8am to 10am this week, as.....


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Horticubes retail packs suitable for growers big and small

Smithers-Oasis Company offers a new retail pack of its Oasis Grower Solutions Horticubes growing media, a lower density and higher drainage foam that is specially engineered for hydroponic seed germination of vegetables and herbs. Horticubes higher drainage design helps to maintain an ideal air-to-water.....


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US (PA): $500,000 for Rodale Institute to fund organic research

On July 20th, Pennsylvania state legislators gathered at Rodale Institute to announce $500,000 in appropriations funding dedicated to the Institute's research on organic methods. “I’ve watched as the research has grown here [at Rodale Institute] and know that the work being done here can have a very, very.....


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US: Estimated costs to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act

In an effort to improve food safety by reducing foodborne illnesses, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose new regulatory requirements on food producers and handlers, to expand requirements for and inspections of food imports, and to.....


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US (IL): University researches health benefits of heirloom tomatoes

Seven varieties of tomatoes are at the center of a research collaboration crossing two Western Illinois University departments and providing academic opportunities for students to study cancer prevention in campus laboratories.The project, which is in its beginning stages, was sparked by a Center for.....


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August 31, Tucson

US (AZ): Seminar on advances in controlled environment agriculture

"A scientist is always in quest of new information, challenging ideas, and the application of new technologies to one’s own research and teaching endeavors. And so, over the past year, or so, I have had the opportunity and privilege of travelling across the globe in search of these exciting experiences as.....


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Video: Vertical farms on the rise in the UAE

VIDEO Dubai now has its first commercial indoor vertical farm. Find out how it could change the food industry in years to come, in this video from CNN.


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CAN (AB): Invictus secures financing to fund 180,000 sq. ft. expansion

Invictus has signed a commitment letter for a $25.5 million debt financing arrangement with an interest rate at prime plus 2% per annum with ATB Financial to accelerate the construction of its Phase 3 and Phase 4 cannabis cultivation facilities at Acreage Pharms, located in West-Central Alberta. The.....


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