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Friday, July 21, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year.....

After a busy year in which we visited a lot growers, went to great exhibitions, reported on quite a few conferences and met a lot of amazing people, it's time for the HortiDaily team to take a small break again. Some of us will go on safari, others become beach bums. Anyway, we will do everything possible to not think about glass or plastic for a while. Unless it comes with a margarita...

In the coming two weeks, we won't publish any newsletters. On Monday the 7th of August we will be back with a new dose of energy to report to you the latest news, rumors and innovations that our industry has to offer. Meanwhile, enjoy an extra long edition of our newsletter!

We wish you a very nice vacation / fijne vakantie / felices fiestas / bonnes vacances / schöne Ferien / 美妙的假期 !

Size doesn't matter on Réunion Island

VIDEO Every now and then we get some nice footage submitted from the Island of Reunion, the small French overseas region located in the Indian Ocean about 420 miles east of Madagascar. Growers here have limited availability of arable land due to hills and mountains. With the help of consultants Jean Marc and.....

Kubo building for FreshMex:

Bell pepper cultivation in Mexico has a strong Dutch flavour

The Mexican horticulture industry has made major strides towards professionalisation. It is being done with the help of Dutch supervision: Oscar Woltman is a manager there of the bell pepper producer, FreshMex, a subsidiary of the Levarht trading company.The company produces red, yellow and orange bell.....

Konichiwa! This is how Japanese growers market CEA

VIDEO We love Japan, great food, great people, and a lot of humor. Especially in their silly TV shows and in the way that they advertise and market new products. This is also why we love the new commercial of Shinnippou 808 Factory, one of the largest and most profitable vertical farms in Japan.The marketing.....

open field to greenhouse

The story of Ulrich Osterloh of Erdbeerhof Osterloh

VIDEOWith crops covering more than 250 ha, Erdbeerhof Osterloh is amongst the largest strawberry growers in Europe. Quality and reliability are the main principles that drive Ulrich Osterloh’s business, and those are the reasons he is making the switch from outdoor crops to high-quality production in tunnels. Even.....

Novavert looking for new sales partner for AUS & NZ:

Huge market potential for retractable greenhouses in Oceania

Novavert's retractable roof systems are well known for making a difference when it comes to the widest choice of materials and total grower flexibility thanks to easy service and design freedom. The keder-based roof screen system invented by Novavert introduced six years ago as HS2 has seen continuous.....

Greenhouse manufacturers can't keep up with demand:

Photo Report Cultivate '17

PHOTO REPORT It wasn't easy, but hey, we made it! What? Well, our recap of a bigger than ever Cultivate '17 in Columbus, Ohio! The 30% increase of the trade show area made us run like crazy to get every exhibitor and supplier in the picture, resulting in one of our largest photo reports ever.The North American.....

Precision Plus Ultra:

Botanicoir presents new growbag with unique open structure

VIDEO Taking the use of coir substrates to the next level, Botanicoir has launched a ground-breaking new product for the soft-fruit industry at Fruit Focus in the UK last week."We’ve created a new special mix tailored to berry crops, that nobody has made before – an industry first,” says Kalum Balasuriya, who.....

Mini Sprayer updated for smaller sized greenhouses

IDM Agrometal has updated its offerings of spraying equipment with a new mini sprayer. The sprayer is very suitable for smaller farms or greenhouse operations with narrow plant rows.The sprayer comes available in the 200 version with a width of 55 cm and a 300 version in a width of 65 cm.The Mini Sprayer.....


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Energymore »


Five advantages of energy curtains

When it comes to adding energy curtains (sometimes referred to as thermal blankets) to a greenhouse everyone focuses on energy savings. And certainly energy savings should be a major factor in any greenhouse grower’s decision to purchase energy curtains. In northern climates, winter growing adds expensive.....


Fertilizersmore »


"pH should stand for plant health"

When someone hears the term “plant health” the most common association that comes to mind is “fertilizer.” Fertilizer provides essential nutrition to plants and growers must decide what types to use in order to maximize yield and salability, which are a direct result of optimum plant health. The aspect of.....


Breedingmore »


Phenotyping at the summer school

This summer, the Campus in Wageningen was the stage for the Summer School Plant Phenotyping. The 4 day programme included both lectures and hands-on training, offering researchers working on automatic phenotyping and technical experts in breeding companies who use, or plan to use, image analysis a pleasant,.....


Machinesmore »


Mini Sprayer updated for smaller sized greenhouses

IDM Agrometal has updated its offerings of spraying equipment with a new mini sprayer. The sprayer is very suitable for smaller farms or greenhouse operations with narrow plant rows.The sprayer comes available in the 200 version with a width of 55 cm and a 300 version in a width of 65 cm.The Mini Sprayer.....


Product Infomore »


Save time in the greenhouse with new free-fall hook options

With demand for tomatoes ever-increasing in the international produce sector, producers are always on the lookout for products which can save both time and labour costs, and increase crop production. In order to meet these demands, ARaymond has recently launched a new range of options for its family of.....


Packagingmore »


Innovative injection moulded food packaging developed

At present, biobased plastics are rarely used in injection moulded food packaging, such as salad or butter containers. A new research project aimed at price-competitive food packaging based on biobased plastics wants to change this. The specific challenge of the new project is to produce thin walled.....


Marketingmore »


Fresh herbs: from seasoning to marketing tool

Herbs can convey an emotion more than anything else, and herb suppliers are well aware of that. At the same time, there’s a certain scarcity on the market. How do suppliers position their herbs? And which are this season’s seasoning? We’ve asked producers of potted and freshly cut herbs.Plukkruidje: Premixed.....


Substratesmore »


Precision Plus Ultra:

Botanicoir presents new growbag with unique open structure

VIDEO Taking the use of coir substrates to the next level, Botanicoir has launched a ground-breaking new product for the soft-fruit industry at Fruit Focus in the UK last week."We’ve created a new special mix tailored to berry crops, that nobody has made before – an industry first,” says Kalum Balasuriya, who.....


Organicmore »


NOSB discussion on organic hydroponics broadcast in August 14 webinar

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via conference on August 14, 2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern to discuss hydroponics in organic food production.The NOSB will not be voting on a recommendation during this web conference. A transcript will be available approximately two weeks after the.....


Coolingmore »

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Food Safetymore »


Keeping food supply safer using computer software

Food safety research usually involves analyzing live populations of foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, but University of Georgia food scientist Henk den Bakker fights pathogens by developing computer software. The newest addition to the UGA Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Griffin,.....


Healthmore »


Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis said that overall there was not too much damage from the cold weather during April/May. "Most of Swedish potato production, around 40%, takes place in the Southern region of Skane. The cold weather did mean that there were.....


Eventsmore »


Greenhouse manufacturers can't keep up with demand:

Photo Report Cultivate '17

PHOTO REPORT It wasn't easy, but hey, we made it! What? Well, our recap of a bigger than ever Cultivate '17 in Columbus, Ohio! The 30% increase of the trade show area made us run like crazy to get every exhibitor and supplier in the picture, resulting in one of our largest photo reports ever.The North American.....


Retailmore »


Carrefour Italia posts €400m losses | Carrefour opens first Supeco discount store In Italy

Carrefour names new CEO | Co-op UK expands local sourcing

Finland: Kesko reports comparable sales growth of 1.6% in JuneFinnish retailer Kesko has announced that sales decreased by 3.5% in June 2017 to €971.3mln. However, the company notes that this represents a growth of 1.6% in comparable terms in local currencies. Sales in the grocery trade totalled €456.5mln in.....


Vertical farmingmore »


US (WI): Nelson and Pade Aquaponics wins sustainable product award

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council awarded Nelson and Pade the 2017 Sustainable Product of the Year Award for small business. This is the second time that this honor was presented to Nelson and Pade, recognizing their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems.Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI.....


Medicinal productionmore »


Canada’s premiers discuss delaying MJ legalization

It’s time to take a deep breath and put pot on the back burner for an extra year, says Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.He’s trying to persuade his provincial and territorial counterparts at their annual conference to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to delay the legalization of cannabis for 12 months to.....


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