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New Bottle Rocket watermelon variety available now

The Seminis Bottle Rocket Watermelon variety is now available for U.S. growers to purchase; previously trialed under precommercial designation SV7112WA. This new product is a 36-count watermelon featuring a dark mottled stripe rind pattern with vigorous plant and good vine coverage. Bottle Rocket has an.....

Enza Zaden's new eggplant is a rockstar: Bowie

Bowie. That's the name of the new eggplant variety E37H.01734 of Enza Zaden. The name was announced at HortiContact last week and Dutch eggplant grower Zwinkels, who is already growing this variety on 7,5 hectares, attended this moment and received a special 'Bowie' panel."Market conditions are changing.....

How to pour tomato sauce

Humans have enjoyed commercially produced tomato sauce since the mid-19th century, but many have been struggling to get it out of the bottle ever since.Now, science may have discovered a better way to get to the bottom of that bottle. Researcher Dr Anthony Stickland, who teaches chemical and biomolecular.....

Cucumber named 'flavor of the year'

Firmenich has announced cucumber as the 2017 ‘Flavor of the Year’ based on the growing appeal of this refreshing flavor.According to Chris Millington, President of Firmenich’s Flavor Division, the growing demand for refreshing, clean, and healthy food and beverages is driving cucumber’s surge in popularity......

Italy: Cora Seeds presents Regale F1

At Fruit Logistica 2017,Cora Seeds presented a new midi plum tomato variety. What makes it special is the possibility of cultivating it both in short and long cycles. Plants are very productive with uniform fishbone bunches bearing 6-8 fruits. No pruning needed. It is also rustic and resistant to.....

Better control of Crazy Roots with new bioreactor

Dutch horticulture consultant Peter Klapwijk recently attended a users meeting of the new Triton bioreactor from Aqua Terra Nova and Moor Filtertechniek.“This is an interesting development in a market segment which I expect will become very important in the future,” he writes in his blog. “Water quality,.....

Project develops biodegradable twine from maize and tapioca polymers

API (Applied Polymer Innovations) sees opportunities for the development of new biodegradable greenhouse twine made of polymers from for example maize or tapioca.Durrently a field trial is conducted at a research station in Zwolle. The conditions of an average Dutch greenhouse is simulated in a professional.....

NewStar Fresh Foods extends line of “Pick Me” with culinary herbs

NewStar Fresh Foods, one of the world’s largest shippers of iceless green onions, today announced the introduction of the company’s new line of culinary herbs under the NewStar “Pick Me” brand. According to the company their new line is grown for quality and peak flavor to meet the demands of today’s growing.....

Quebec Produce Marketing Association releases Chilean fruit guide

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association (QPMA), in partnership with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), has released the Coup de coeur pour les fruits du Chili, a new food guide featuring blueberries, grapes, plums, peaches, and nectarines from the farms and orchards of Chile. "Julie.....

European first: heart-shaped Cantaloupe and watermelons

Rungis has had heart-shaped cucumbers and square watermelons for a while already, but now the company has gone one step further. As of Valentine’s Day, they started advance sales of the first-ever heart-shaped Cantaloupe melons and heart-shaped watermelons in Europe.“Supplying these Japanese specialities.....

No more algae on your water storage with this new Genap roof

"Algae growth, evaporation and pollution in water storage," Bass Fortuin of Genap sums it all up. "You would want to protect your water against these matters." For this reason the company introduced a new free-standing roof for water silos.In the past year several of these roofs, both waterproof and.....

Vertical fixtures shine new light on LED

Vertical fixtures with two exposure modes: red blue and far red. This is how the staff of Lohuis Lighting sees new opportunities for LED lighting in horticulture. The first tests are conducted at Noordhuys Tomatoes and cucumber grower Jan Reijm.It actually looks quite bizarre. Between the cucumber plants of.....

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Natupol Excel Beevision grabs bronze

Dutch biocontrol company Koppert Biological Systems, has been awarded third place in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award for its ‘beevision’ innovation.More than 70,000 trade visitors from 130 countries had the opportunity to cast their votes for the most ‘outstanding innovation’ during the.....

New Dole Go Berries! targets healthy snacking on the go

Dole Berries have announced a new product they hope will stick for busy strawberry lovers looking to enjoy their favorite fresh fruit snack on-the-go.The leading berry provider is launching Dole GO Berries!, three snack-size packages that snap apart. Each contains 4 ounces of fresh DOLE Strawberries designed.....