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Australia: Seed processing plant to create export opportunities

Australian seed producer South Pacific Seeds will construct a specialised processing plant to help develop its Asian and European export markets.The new AU$2.9 million plant in Naracoote, South Australia, is part of a total investment of $5.4, which includes a $300,000 South Australian Government Regional.....

Spain: Sale of Planasa authorised

The National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC) has authorised the acquisition of the Navarrese company Planasa, specialised in plant innovation, nurseries and fruit production, by the risk capital investment company Cinven and Dareva for 450 million Euro.Cinven notified the Commission on 20.....

US (NC): Yara opens new warehouse facility in Wilmington

To better serve the growing Mid-Atlantic agriculture industry, Yara North America will open a new warehouse facility in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 1, 2018. Customers in the region will now have quicker, more convenient access to the company’s crop nutrition solutions. The new warehouse will be.....

India: ChemChina finally gets CCI nod for Syngenta

ChemChina is getting closer to completing its takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed maker, Syngenta, after the company obtained a green signal from India’s competition regulator for the deal.Approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) was the final box that needed ticking for the deal to proceed......

Affinor Growers CEO steps down

Affinor Growers’ Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Mr. Jarrett Malnarick as President and CEO of the Company. The Board is in the process of completing a search for the next CEO who will be announced shortly.Mr. Jarrett Malnarick, who is resigning from Affinor Growers to pursue other.....

ICL expands technical sales team

The speciality agriculture division of ICL is pleased to announce the appointment of a new technical sales manager, Dr Richard Collins, who will be joining the team in January.Richard comes from an academic background, having worked previously as a senior lecturer and researcher in crop sciences at the.....

Recovered 5 million pounds of food in three years

US: Rescued produce delivered farm to door

Battling the imbalance between getting healthy food into a consumer's hands and minimizing food waste can take on both a charitable and a corporate role. There’s a place for fruit and vegetables that are too small and cucumbers that are too curvy. More people are innovating new products made from ‘ugly’.....

Shakti Cocos continues as an independent company

From January 1st 2018, Shakti Cocos is no longer a part of MeeGaa Substrates. Since the start of the year, Shakti Cocos B.V. is acting as an independent company. Jack van Batenburg explains; "Shakti Cocos will remain the supplier for Cocos Products to MeeGaa for their production of mixes in the.....

Inverca and Deforche Construct sign business collaboration agreement

Deforche Construct and Inverca announced that they have signed a multi-year business collaboration agreement."Deforche Construct is one of the world's leading glass greenhouse manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them," said Jordi Martin, Chairman & CEO of Inverca. "Our.....

US (CA): WISErg raises $19.2 million to build California plant

WISErg closed a $19.2 million Series C funding round led by Laird Norton Company, bringing the total invested to date to $56.6 million. Existing investors, including Second Avenue Partners, rounded out the list of participants.WISErg has created a new generation of fertilizer products. The company’s products.....

US: Agrinomix is no longer a dealer of Martin Stolze

From 1 January 2018, Agrinomix is no longer a dealer of Martin Stolze in the USA. Both companies do have other interests. Therefore both companies have decided to terminate their cooperation.Agrinomix was the dealer of Martin Stolze in the USA. Martin Stolze is in negotiation with some companies for a new.....

US: Kemin expands Crop Technologies sales force

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial greenhouses and commercial horticulture, has named two new sales managers, effective immediately. Darl Reed will serve as the senior sales manager for Florida, and Richard Jones will serve as the sales.....

CAN (ON): John Sebele joins A.M.A. as warehouse supervisor

John Sebele is joining A.M.A. as Warehouse Supervisor. John brings years of logistics experience in the greenhouse flower & produce industries. He'll be handling logistics and premises at A.M.A.Al's Flower Pouch is shipped to several countries around the world. A.M.A. is known for some unique products.....

NL: Vyverberg first consultancy firm to receive HortiQ certificate

During the annual review with HortiQ certified companies on Monday 15 January, HortiQ chairman Wim de Wit handed over the certificate to Huib Herbert owner of Vyverberg. Vyverberg can call themselves the first consultancy firm with a HortiQ certificate. Huib Herbert: 'A complete building project from idea to.....

New Zealand: New CEO announced for Plant & Food Research

Plant & Food Research announces the appointment of David Hughes as its new Chief Executive Officer.David is currently Group General Manager Commercial at Plant & Food Research and he will take up the new role in the New Year.Plant & Food Research’s current CEO, Peter Landon-Lane announced in.....

US: New Director of HR and Safety at American Coolair

American Coolair has named Nicole Adler Director of Human Resources and Safety.In her new position, Adler will manage American Coolair’s Human Resources Department. In addition, she will oversee the company’s safety training, implement safety programs, and conduct inspections to ensure compliance.Adler.....

Spain: Grupo Citrus to produce lettuce using 60% less water

Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), an integrated supplier of salads and other products for retailer Mercadona, is now fully involved in the hydroponic cultivation of vegetables. This system (which instead of soil uses mineral solutions in reusable water) is already being used on a large scale by the company.....

UK: TGA welcomes a new Chairman and Vice Chairman

The British Tomato Growers' Association now has a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. The new Chairman is Matthew Simon, the Head of Technical and General Manager for Glinwell plc and Vice Chairman, Brendan Gillow from Flavourfresh.Matthew Simon (Chairman)"I started having an interest in horticulture from a.....

Italy: Valleri celebrates 60th anniversary

Up until the 1960s, Cavallino Treporti was an area dedicated to fruit cultivation, but the flood of 1966 saturated the soils with brackish water and people had to find alternative productions. "We needed money quickly, so we started growing vegetables," recalls Stefano Valleri when retracing the history of.....

Red Sun Farms employees donate to the Make A Wish Foundation

Red Sun Farms is spreading holiday cheer this season in more ways than one. On Friday December 15, the greenhouse grower donated a check in the amount of $5,720 to Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich.....

Weathermelon

Produce industry weather app celebrates 6-month anniversary

Since going live in June 2017, Weathermelon's subscriber base continues to grow and is on the road to becoming the online community where produce industry professionals get and share weather information all in one place. In addition to the Weathermelon app, the Weathermelon community also resides on FB,.....

Koppert acquires Brazilian biocontrol company

Koppert Biological Systems has acquired Brazilian biological control company, BUG Agentes Biológicos, strengthening its position in the macro-biological crop protection market in Latin America.Both companies are based in Piraciacaba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, and are characterized by the worldwide.....

Farm Fresh Produce gets greener by going solar

From sweet potatoes to bell peppers, butternut squash to blueberries, Farm Fresh Produce distributes its goods across the globe. The company explains that the entire Farm Fresh operation is designed to work towards an optimized carbon footprint, by using natural pesticides, conserving water in the fields,.....

CAN (ON): 2017-2018 AAC board of directors announced

The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) has announced the 2017-2018 board of directors. The election for the new board took place at the 22nd Annual General Meeting held on December 7, 2017 in Guelph.The AAC’s 64 member organizations annually elect 16 directors to serve on the AAC board. They are joined by.....

Damien Bourgarel appointed Limagrain's CEO

Limagrain's Board of Directors appointed Damien Bourgarel to the position of CEO on December 14, 2017. He will replace Emmanuel Rougier who will be retiring at the end of 2017.Damien Bourgarel, 47 years old, has been Limagrain's Deputy CEO since October 2016 and a member of the Executive Committee since.....

Canadian government called upon to create food policy council

The University of Guelph is part of a national coalition calling on the federal government to set up an advisory group to support and inform Ottawa’s pending national food policy.“With such a short time frame for its development, A Food Policy for Canada alone cannot address all the complex issues and.....

Sri Lanka: Mike Biotech Asia wins National Business Excellence Awards

Mike Biotech Asia, a sister company of Mike Flora & Mike Flora International, was a proud winner of two awards at the National Business Excellence Awards ceremony held at Colombo Hilton on 13th December, which was graced by the High Commissioner for Canada in Sri Lanka.The company bagged the Gold Award.....

Mushroom grower wins best new product at NY Produce Show

Highline Mushrooms has been recognized for its innovation in the mushroom category with its new Organic Mushroom Medleys offer.Highline Mushrooms announced that its new Organic Mushroom Medleys has been awarded the Best New Product at the 2017 New York Produce Show. The organic medleys introduce consumers to.....

Will St. Katelijne Waver house the world's largest fruit and vegetable company?

Are Deprez and Murdock about to close a deal?

Belgian company Greenyard NV is exploring an acquisition of Dole Food Co, a U.S. fruit and vegetable producer that could be valued at more than $2.5 billion, including debt. Since the merger in 2015 which gave rise to Greenyard, the company has been involved in frequent acquisitions. Mushroom processor.....

Netherlands: PlantLab expansion opened by Mayor Mikkers

Thursday December 14, Mayor Mikkers of ’s-Hertogenbosch opened the expansion of the indoor farming facilities at PlantLab. Over the past six months, PlantLab expanded both its research facilities as well as its production capacity by 50% at its premises on the Veemarktkade in ’s-Hertogenbosch.The expansion.....

Africa: Zaad to acquire Hygrotech

Zaad Holdings, a subsidiary of Zeder, has entered into sale of shares agreements in terms of which it will acquire 100% of the issued shares in Hygrotech Properties. Zaad serves as Zeder’s focused platform for operationally complimentary investments in the strategic agri-inputs sector. Through investments.....

Boreal Light is European Food Startup of the Year

Boreal Light is the winner of the prestigious European FoodNexus Startup Challenge, the finals of which took place in Wageningen, the Netherlands.During these finals, 15 startups from 8 European countries pitched their innovation to a jury of experts, chaired by Adam Anders, Managing Partner of Anterra.....

Countries polluting the oceans with the most plastic

In 2010, 8.8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the ocean was traced back to China while 3.2 million metric tons came from Indonesia. The United States is also guilty of polluting oceans with plastic, but at a much lower level than China. Annually, 0.3 million metric tons of waterborne.....

Future Farm expands management team

Future Farm has hired George Groccia as a Project Manager consultant to oversee the Company’s many projects in different stages of development.Mr. Groccia is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with a track record of helping businesses grow to their fullest potential. Having earned his MA at Golden.....

UK: Tozer Seeds adds Isobel Tickner to Product Development team

Isobel Tickner has recently joined Tozer Seeds as Product Development Assistant. Her role will facilitate an expansion of vegetable trial capacity in the UK and she will be responsible for managing global trial seed. Isobel comes to Tozer Seeds with an MSc in Biology which she gained at the University of.....

US (FL): Wish Farms launches strawberry season with new sweepstakes

Wish Farms, grower-shipper and year-round supplier of strawberries announced an all-new consumer-driven campaign just in time for Florida strawberry season.“The recent cooler weather we’ve experienced is great for the berries and is helping us kick off Florida strawberry season,” said Gary Wishnatzki, owner.....

US: United Fresh to launch leadership program for fresh produce industry

United Fresh has partnered with the George Washington Leadership Institute to offer a new educational program for the fresh produce industry focused on the principles exemplified by America’s original leader, George Washington.Taking place April 9-11, 2018, in Alexandria, VA, and at Washington’s historic.....

PMA, Brighter Bites join to cut food waste & boost consumer health

Empowering healthy families, reducing food waste and boosting produce consumption are behind the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) partnership with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education and a fun food experience directly to families in under-served.....

Urban Crop Solutions wins FoodNexus Challenge Public Choice Award

Urban Crop Solutions was awarded the Public Choice Award on the European finals of the FoodNexus Challenge on Thursday evening December 13th. Fifteen companies from 8 different EU countries were competing during a three day event in Wageningen (NL) for the European FoodNexus Challenge Award. The expert.....

The Nile and Eastern Mediterranean from space at night

The Nile and Eastern Mediterranean, source: decolonialatlas.wordpress.com

Agri-data company Agrimetrics appoints two new members to its Board

It is the sheer complexity of the agri-food value chain that has so far delayed its transformation by the digital revolution, but now the landscape is changing, according to David Flanders, CEO of Agrimetrics, a big data centre for the agri-food industry.The organisation is fusing real world data collected.....

February 22, 1960 - October 17, 2017

Ruud van Amersfoort

We would like to thank everyone for everything regarding Ruud's funeral.The personal words, your presence during and after the ceremony, keeping us in your thoughts, it's heartwarming.We're taking these memories with us, and are now trying to find our way without him.Thank you for the, often long-running and.....

US (RI): Future Farm sets closing date for MMJ cultivation site

Future Farm Technologies announced that the closing date for the previously announced acquisition of a 15,000 sq ft building in Providence, Rhode Island for $750,000 is set for January 15, 2018. The building is zoned to legally cultivate cannabis and, once licensed, will be used as a licensed medical.....

US (AR): Journal of Food Law and Policy launches website

The University of Arkansas School of Law Journal of Food Law and Policy has gone digital. The new site launched this week and features the journal's vol. 13, no. 1 issue."The editorial board and I are thrilled to have this new online presence," said Phillip Treat, third-year law student and the publication's.....

ChemChina to list German machinery unit in Shanghai

Syngenta owner ChemChina, in a rare move, plans to list its Munich subsidiary KraussMaffei Group GmbH in China.ChemChina will accomplish the listing by injecting KraussMaffei’s nearly 6 billion yuan ($910 million) of assets into ChemChina’s Shanghai-listed subsidiary, Qingdao Tianhua Institute of Chemistry.....

US: Leadership transitions at Farmers Market Coalition

Bernadine Prince has served on the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, serving six of those years as President. FMC has flourished under her leadership, gratefully benefitting from her experience and expertise as a co-founder and director of DC’s incredible FRESHFARM.....

Colorful river basin map of Africa

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Company aims to build local greenhouse farms in every major US metro

BrightFarms ranks in top 10 of most successful Food Startups

BrightFarms has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the top 10 most successful startups in the food and beverage industry. Featured among brands such as Halo Top and Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, BrightFarms was the only fresh produce brand to make the list.The company has grown by more than 1,800 percent in the.....

Meyers Softfruit, Belgium

Belgium: "Building a new greenhouse is a big leap"

Meyers Softfruit from Riemst in Belgium is going to expand. The company currently has a total area of six hectares. In addition to greenhouses, there are poly tunnels, vertical farming and propagation fields for strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and red currants. Now 13,000 m2 of greenhouse.....

Illumitex expands horticultural science team

Illumitex has added three team members to the horticulture science staff. This expands the team to five and gives the company over 50 years of horticultural experience.Yan Ren‐Butcher, Ph.D., joins the Illumitex team as the Director of Horticulture Science. Yan earned her Ph.D. Degree in Horticultural.....

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"High overseas demand for Short Panel Water tanks"

Hendic from Brabant, the Netherlands are busy supplying water tanks to foreign customers. Nicolle Peetoom of Hendic knows all about it. One truck after another is being loaded. The demand for Short Panel Water tanks is particularly high for overseas exports. Panels of 2.26 meters are used for these tanks......

Workers safe after carbon monoxide incident at Windset Farms

A big scare for the Delta BC team of Windset Farms last Saturday. After exposure to carbon monoxide, 43 employees had to receive medical evaluation and treatment. All of them were released from care the same night. "We are grateful to our site management, our health and safety officer and our first.....

Valoya strengthens management team with new CFO

Valoya continues to grow rapidly, with sales in 46 countries and a distributor network that consists of 29 partners. To support and strengthen this growth, a CFO with strong technology finance and control background joins the team in Helsinki.The new CFO, Mr. Richard Helenelund has an extensive background in.....

Remco Flikweert sells unsellable tomatoes regionally

Remco Flikweert (21) has been working in a tomato greenhouse since he was 13. He had countless talks with his boss about how to reduce waste. "We are working hard for those tomatoes all year round. It's such a shame that a share is thrown out because there is no market for them." Remco founded the company.....

Jungle Talks webinar, December 21

Pitch your idea to East-West Seed

For the last Jungle Talk session of this year, a pitch webinar with East-West Seed for December 21.The international seed company with Dutch roots, hosted a Jungle Talk masterclass last month. The company public affairs officer Maaike Groot explained in more detail the company’s strategy and future goals......

Global ID acquires Italian provider of organic and food safety certifications

The Global ID Group, a market platform dedicated to providing food safety and food quality solutions, today announced that it has acquired Bioagricert, a certification and control body company based in Bologna, Italy. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Founded in 1984, Bioagricert provides.....

US: Naturipe announces new division president

Naturipe Brands has announced the appointment of Chris Coffman as President effective November 13, 2017.In this newly created role, Coffman will report to the Naturipe Brands Board of Directors and be responsible for pursuing strategic partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, investment.....

Fluence expands into Europe and starts offering financial solutions

"Speeding up the adoption rate of LED in Europe"

Fluence has appointed Kurt Davis to Director of Fluence Capital and Dr. Theoharis Ouzounis to Business Development, Europe for their respective leadership and expertise in solving complex financial issues and plant growth challenges in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Both roles will serve as new.....

Marrone Bio Innovations adds three commercial managers

Marrone Bio Innovations has announced that Steve Bogash, Matt Heinze and Dr. Karla J. Medina-Ortega have joined the MBI team to meet customer needs in the growing biological products industry.“We are pleased to have such tenured and talented additions to our team,” said Pam Marrone, CEO of MBI. “Steve, Matt.....

Dublin’s oldest fresh fruit and vegetable supplier celebrates 125th anniversary

Jackie Leonard and Sons Ltd was set up by Kate Leonard, who started trading from the Dublin Corporation fruit market on December 6th, 1892.She was one of the first traders to take a stand at the market on St Michan’s Street.Jack Leonard Snr, Dublin Corporation Fruit Market Christmas 1930.The stand sold fruit.....

"Spreading risks with the cultivation of peppers, algae and blackberries"

Risk spreading and internationalization will be the driving force behind Wouter van den Bosch and his father Jaco for the coming years. The entrepreneurs want to make their business future-proof by not only focusing on the pepper cultivation, but also on the cultivation of algae and blackberries. In.....

US (CA): Todd Plaxton joins Houweling's Group in sales management

Houweling’s Group hired Todd Plaxton to the company’s team. Todd brings a diverse background in sales management and account development having spent time with blue chip organizations outside the produce industry such as Nestle Foods and within the produce sector with Star Produce and The Oppenheimer.....

UK: Decentralised energy associations to merge

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) are to merge, creating a unified voice for decentralised energy solutions across the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.The merged association will be known as the Association for.....

Shawn Semones joins Inocucor as Global Chief Technology Officer

Inocucor has appointed Novozymes BioAg R&D leader Shawn Semones, Ph.D. as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer.Semones is a distinguished R&D director with more than 18 years of experience at Novozymes Biologicals, Inc., where he helped build its BioAg.....

US (PA): Feasibility study for a Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture

Barisoft Consulting Group is performing a feasibility study for a Center of Excellence (COE) for Indoor Ag on behalf of Kennett Township (PA). Indoor agriculture is a means of growing vegetables such as lettuces, strawberries, basil and other leafy greens indoors under controlled environmental conditions......

CFIUS completes review of proposed merger of Bayer and Monsanto

Bayer and Monsanto announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has completed its review of the proposed merger, and has concluded that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the transaction.The acquisition is subject to customary closing.....

CPM Retail changes name to Soloberry to align with international push

CPM Retail, part of the AG Thames Group, will change its name to Soloberry to align the UK based business with that of its model in Spain, Soloberry SL. The move will go into effect today (1st December 2017).The company has expansions planned in North Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and Asia. This will.....

Flamingo commits $2.4 million investment to Dudutech expansion

Flamingo Horticulture Investments, a Sun Capital Europe portfolio organisation, announced that they will make a further investment of USD 2.4 million in subsidiary business Dudutech.To provide farmers with sustainable solutions, Dudutech’s team of over 250 technicians, masters and doctorate level scientists.....

Germany: Landgard strengthens international cooperative

Effective December 1, 2017, Stefan Reincke strengthens Landgard in the international fruit segment. He starts as a member of the management team of the Godeland marketing company and will be responsible for the development and expansion of the internationalization of the cooperative, with member companies.....

East-West 35th anniversary celebrations

Farmer heroes, agri scholars, and innovative products

With “Growing Opportunities” as the theme of its 35th anniversary, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed capped off the year with a series of events to honor farmers and partners, to showcase its latest innovations, and to celebrate as one team.Record-breaking field day in ThailandA record high of.....

Bayer Nunhems: digging, pushing and shaping

The construction of the R&D facilities 'GreenEx' has been in full swing ever since the first pole was pushed into the ground. One and a half months later the outlines of all departments of the greenhouses are clearly visible from above. The foundation poles for the heat buffer are being driven.....

Van der Ende Groep presents new company video

Van der Ende Groep presents a shiny new company video. The supplier has been specialised in water, air and filtration techniques from day one, and also helps customers with advice, design, repairs and more. The company has regularly provided solutions and innovative technology in all these aspects, making.....

Paulo Santos joins Ridder HortiMaX North America

Paulo Santos, a Senior Horticulture professional with specialties in Operations and Product development in the fresh produce and flowers industry, joined the Ridder HortiMaX North American team as Regional Account Manager on November 16th. He lives in the Central Coast of California and his territory will.....

lighted cultivation

Dutch growers start year-round production eggplants

Dutch grower Purple Pride now offers high-quality eggplants in the winter season. The cultivation site in Dinteloord has for this purpose reserved 7,000 m2 of space for lighted cultivation. It is expected that more than 100,000 kg of eggplants will be harvested here during this winter season. Until.....

Village Farms donates time on #GivingTuesday

On November 28 a team from Village Farms and Produce for Kids celebrated #GivingTuesday by volunteering their time at Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Fla. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.“Being able to give back to our community alongside.....

Martin van Gogh, Hoogendoorn/Batenburg Techniek:

"Cooperation in South Holland is a too-well-kept secret"

On Wednesday 29 November, the directors of the Economic Board Zuid-Holland (EBZ) will take the next step towards Europe in a more intensive collaboration. Under the EBZ flag, the region will jointly take part in the European Innovation Summit. Leading themes of the visit are: feeding & greening.....