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Hydrofarm and Atmosphere announce strategic distribution partnership

Hydrofarm, independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and horticultural products, and Atmosphere, a manufacturer of innovative ventilation products for commercial and horticultural applications, announced a strategic distribution partnership to serve the growing indoor horticulture and.....

German market demands innovation in cherry plum truss tomatoes

In Germany Mini Roma Rispen Tomatoes have become well-known and are a favourite among consumers. It is therefore not surprising that virtually all supermarkets carry cherry plum truss tomatoes in their assortment. The popularity of cherry plum truss tomatoes is due to their combination of taste and red.....

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.....

Hottest UK chilli pepper feels the heat

British-grown chilli peppers classified as the world's spiciest will feel even hotter this year thanks to the country's scorching summer heatwave, experts have said.The Carolina Reaper pepper, which is native to Rock Hill in South Carolina, is 400 times fiercer than a Jalapeno and has an average score of.....

Omex establishes new trials site in Sicily

Omex Agrifluids has set up a new trials and demonstration site for its soluble plant nutrient products at a horticultural holding near Catania in Sicily. The UK based company has leased a substantial area of greenhouse space from an established customer and user of Omex products.Joint Managing Director Peter.....

Coatings packed in recycled buckets

Mardenkro is continuously taking steps towards achieving more sustainable methods of production and application. At the moment the company is running a trial using 100% recycled buckets. The initial experiences have been positive.‘Not only do we want to take steps to ensure the formulations of our coatings.....
Pink watermelon radishes to be a new social media hit

M&S starts selling first 'Instagrammable vegetable'

M&S has started selling the first vegetable specifically grown to be Instagramable after spending six years developing bright pink "watermelon" radishes. It is the latest in a string of supermarket products launched with social media in mind, but is thought to be the first vegetable bred with a certain.....

Noah Robbins - Ark Foods

"We want to make specialty peppers more accessible"

More and more regions in the United States are growing hot peppers as the summer season matures. For Ark Foods, a grower of specialty peppers, their season has ventured north for the summer into North Carolina and New Jersey. The company is reporting excellent yields in New Jersey while North Carolina is.....

What would happen if you pickled cucumbers on Mars?

Deep under the ice cap of Mars’s southern pole, there could be a store of water, the first stable body of liquid water ever found on the planet. After the paper announcing this discovery came out, reporters described a “lake of liquid water,” about 12 miles in diameter. Hearing that phrase, it’s easy,.....

US (CA): Hydroponic grower introduces 'Sea Beans'

There's not exactly a lot of fresh produce items that can lay claim to have their origins in the sea. Which is rather surprising really considering the incredible bounty the oceans can provide and is evidenced as soon as you browse the seafood section in your local store. One California company has.....

Cristina Calceanu, Albert Heijn:

“Salads: From sidekick to superhero”

Salad has always been popular in summer, but is now a growing trend as well. In late April, Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn gave the segment another boost with the introduction of more than 30 innovations. “Salads have developed from sidekicks into superheroes. They’re an increasingly more important.....

A must-have kitchen tool

Hand-held grape tomato slicer

Grapes and cherry tomatoes are a great addition to salads, but slicing them can be quite annoying. They’re not the easiest things to chop, as they seem to always find a way to slip and slide away from your grip.Enter the Grape & Tomato Slicer, a convenient hand-held slicer that makes chopping up grapes.....

Berg Hortimotive renews pipe rail trolleys:

New foot switch pipe-rail trolleys is more ergonomic

At the end of 2017, Berg Hortimotive decided to renew the foot pedal, which is used to drive and stop pipe-rail trolleys. The old foot pedals that were used before, among others on the Benomic series pipe-rail trolleys, can now also be replaced by a new, more ergonomic version. When the new foot switch is.....

US (CA): Southeast Asian farmers on trend with new ‘superfood’

Farmer Vang Thao has been managing a successful farm south of Fresno for nearly 30 years, producing a spectacular array of vegetables – heirloom tomatoes, purple bell peppers, water spinach, bitter melon, Thai eggplant and dozens of others.Every weekend the family traverses the Grape Vine to set up a visual.....