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Monday, April 23, 2018


Netherlands: 9 hectares indoors compared to 90 hectares outdoors

Siberia is an innovative enterprise that grows greenhouse vegetables in Maasbree. It was established in early 2016 by Peter van Dijck and Luc Willemssen who also own Van Dijck Groenteproducties, one of the largest suppliers of outdoor grown leafy greens to the retail and processing sectors in The.....

Another cannabis investment for Scotts Miracle-Gro

The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Gardening Company joined forces to launch a research and development facility, exclusively dedicated to innovations in the cannabis industry and advanced cannabis research. The 50,000 square foot center for research and design is expected to open early 2019.Hawthorne.....

"Fresh produce specialists will benefit from our move to retail"

Exclusive Honeytomatoes pop up in supermarket

For years and years the Honeytomatoes, a Looye Kwekers product, have been brought to the Dutch market by specialist vegetable retailers only. The company built an exclusive brand, became a forerunner in the market and an example to many other growers, while also managing to garner top prices for their.....

Greenhouse grower offers new premium variety snacking tomato

New cherries on-the-vine from British Columbia & California

Greenhouse cherry tomatoes on the vine have made their way into first commercial production in British Columbia and California. They’re a premium variety offering available to snacking tomato lovers on North America’s west coast.Commercial volume & year-round offeringDelights Cherries on the Vine are the.....

Royal Brinkman strengthens activities in Morocco

In order to give further substance to the general creed 'Local for Local’, Royal Brinkman is currently setting up a local Moroccan organisation in Agadir. With the establishment of Royal Brinkman Morocco, the international horticultural supplier has a local presence in eleven countries.Royal Brinkman has.....

Jan Willem Tolhoek, Veiling Zaltbommel:

“Demand for strawberries larger than supply in the Netherlands”

The weather has an unmistakeable effect on the soft fruit market this year. “The complete soft fruit supply currently comes from the greenhouses. We had a relatively cold spring, and that resulted in an extremely fickle pricing. In early spring there’s illuminated production of Dutch product, and this finds.....

Russia approves Bayer-Monsanto deal

Russia’s antitrust regulator FAS has approved Bayer’s planned takeover of Monsanto, the German drugs and crop chemicals maker said, as it enters the home stretch to closing the $62.5 billion deal. Russia was one of the few jurisdictions to be won over, after the European Commission last month gave.....

"It's worth the labor cost to prune and train"

Cherry tomatoes thrive in the protected conditions of a high tunnel and are less prone to cracking where water supply is controlled. Well trained tomatoes are easy to work around, have better air circulation, optimum light penetration, and have higher yields since excess foliage is removed to focus plant.....

Mexico: Mini sweet peppers continue to see excellent growth

Mini sweet peppers used to be a specialty item. Now though, they are making a regular appearance in stores. Wilson Produce began growing the open-field mini bell peppers 12 years ago and were one of the first growers to enter the category."We started selling our mini sweet peppers to the club stores like.....

NatureFresh Farms

"Demand for organic has been growing steadily"

With a fresh growing season underway, John Ketler, the General Manager at NatureFresh Farms, along with the team, is looking forward to what he says is projected to be an extremely successful year for organic produce. With an increased focus on growing using certified organic methods and processes, consumers.....


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Energymore »

CO2 storage for horticulture underneath North Sea possible

CO2 storage underneath the North Sea turns out to be not only technically feasible, but also cost effective according to research conducted on behalf of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, Gasunie, and Energiebeheer Nederland. Part of this CO2 can be used for the greenhouse horticulture sector.Research shows that.....


Fertilizersmore »


"‘Extreme bacteria’ could be game-changer for organic vegetable production"

A Clemson University research scientist has obtained a patent for a way to make organic fertilizer that could revolutionize the organic produce industry and put it on a level playing field with conventional crops.The limited potency, precision and consistency of organic fertilizers has long hindered organic.....


Breedingmore »


John Purcell, Monsanto

"Modern biology will maximize potential of vertical controlled-environment agriculture"

"Partnerships between seed companies and vertical controlled-environment producers, and the application of modern biology tools to create custom germplasm, will be key to enabling these new and exciting production systems, just as they are in today’s most commonly-used fruit and vegetable production.....


Machinesmore »


Italy: First methane tractor now being tested

New Holland's methane tractor will be tested during one month at the Agrosfera cooperative. It's a prototype that is constantly being monitored according to user suggestions. Mass production is expected for 2020.Sales director Andrea Leonardi delivered the tractor together with collaborator Francesco.....


Product Infomore »


Alexandre Novi, Exploitation Novi:

“Italy, Spain and the South of France govern the salad market”

The salad season in the French Provence is coming to an end. According to Alexandre Novi from Exploitation Novi, a French salad grower who focuses on export within Europe, it is remarkable that the export volumes of head lettuce seem to decrease. "Other varieties are taking its place, such as the red salad.....


Packagingmore »


Endless pictures of plastic packaging

On the Greenpeace site, a stream of pictures taken by concerned customers shows us that the plastic pollution crisis is really getting out of hand. Corporations and retailers are wrapping everything from avocados to t-shirts in throwaway plastic packaging that eventually finds its way into our oceans, all in.....


Marketingmore »


Bayer, Netafim, IFC, Swiss Re form alliance for smallholder farmers

Bayer, Netafim, IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, today launched a global alliance, Better Life Farming, to provide holistic and innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in the developing world to enable them to grow their farms into sustainable businesses.Together.....


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US: 100th independent trial of soil health product on bell peppers

Cool Planet announced the successful completion of its 100th quantifiable, independent trial of Cool Terra, the company’s flagship soil health product. The trial was conducted by the University of Florida on bell peppers, and it marks the 100th time the company has conducted a randomized yield improvement.....


Organicmore »


NatureFresh Farms

"Demand for organic has been growing steadily"

With a fresh growing season underway, John Ketler, the General Manager at NatureFresh Farms, along with the team, is looking forward to what he says is projected to be an extremely successful year for organic produce. With an increased focus on growing using certified organic methods and processes, consumers.....


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Tasmania lifts ban on fruit from Melbourne fumigation facility

Tasmania's Biosecurity Department has lifted a ban on fruit and vegetable imports from a Melbourne plant, that was linked to a fruit fly outbreak. The ban on fresh produce imports from the Melbourne fumigation facility - linked to a fruit fly outbreak - was implemented earlier this year. Fruit and vegetables.....


Healthmore »


Tomato Foundation Health Claim Project reaches 25% of funding target

The expansion of the Tomato Foundation Health Claim Project Consortium continues - rallying support from companies within the tomato industry global supply chain, with 73,500€ raised of the 270,400€ target. The project focuses on obtaining an EFSA health claim for tomato paste/tomato products and.....


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April 23-24, Paris

The impact of global change on plant diseases and pests in Europe

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), in collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), is organising a conference on 23-24 April 2018 in Paris. This two-day event will.....


Retailmore »


China: Vending machines are transforming into smart storefronts

Imagine walking into a Shenzhen subway station to grab a bite. Expecting to be able to buy a can of soda or a bag of chips, your options suddenly prove to be far more exotic. Yes, all the basic snack items are available, but so are pastries, tofu, cooked noodles, prepared eggs, fresh vegetables and French.....


Vertical farmingmore »


US (FL): Vertical farm grows more with less space and energy

The HyCube is a 2,000-square-foot self-contained hydroponics box situated on the sprawling grounds of the Orlando World Center Marriott.With the door to the hotel's main restaurant – Latitude & Longitude – situated just outside the entrance to HyCube, the carbon footprint is practically negligible."We.....


Medicinal productionmore »

Another cannabis investment for Scotts Miracle-Gro

The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Gardening Company joined forces to launch a research and development facility, exclusively dedicated to innovations in the cannabis industry and advanced cannabis research. The 50,000 square foot center for research and design is expected to open early 2019.Hawthorne.....


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