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The Star Group not getting lost in the weed(s)

As Canada moves toward legalization of recreational cannabis nationwide, The Star Group is moving in a different direction. Star has rejected any participation in the cannabis…

Google announces $900,000 grant to train Kenyan farmers

Over the next year, the digital skills of 100,000 Kenyan farmers will definitely change. Google.org has announced $900,000 training grant, in partnership with One Acre Fund. This training will help the farmers acquire top tech skills necessary for them to tap into knowledge and connections available in…

Canada: Whole Leaf to come under new leadership

The Star Group’s CEO, David Karwacki, is ready to pass the baton of start-up company Whole Leaf to a new President. Whole Leaf opened its greenhouse in June 2017 and annually produces 11 million heads of pesticide free, living lettuce. With the addition of phase two in January, Whole Leaf will become one…

Filing of initial Form 10 registration statement

DowDuPont takes another step in Corteva Agriscience spin-off

DowDuPont has filed the initial Form 10 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the separation of Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division…

US: Sugarmade acquires hydroponics supplier Sky Unlimited

Sugarmade signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire Sky Unlimited, a California-based supplier of cannabis cultivation materials to wholesalers and large commercial cannabis cultivators. Sugarmade's revenue within the cannabis cultivation supply sector is primarily derived from online sales, whereas Sky Unlimited's…

Italy: Cefla Group adds dedicated Lighting division

A new Business Unit has now been added to the Cefla Group: out of the experience and evolution of C-LED comes Cefla Lighting. With this fifth Business Unit, the Group consolidates know-how matured in recent years in the hi-tech lighting industry and strengthens its position in the lighting and wireless connectivity sectors.…

Spain: Nazca private equity becomes majority shareholder of aromatic herbs company

The Spanish private equity management company Nazca has become the majority shareholder of Herbex, the number one fresh herbs company in the European market, based in El Ejido, Almeria. In a statement, the heads of Nazca have pointed out that the founder of Herbex, Jaime Visquert, will retain a "significant" share and…

South Africa: Woolworths called out for ‘organics’ claim

Topic SA, an acronym for Testing of Products Initiated by Consumers South Africa came with the results of its eighth investigation and spoke on the veracity of label claims on World Environment Health Day. Topic , which is funded by consumers and specialist retailers, conducts laboratory testing, farm and factory visits…

Blockchain-based tracking against salmonella outbreaks

Europe’s largest retailer teams up with IBM

Carrefour, Europe's largest retailer, has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores. The French retail giant said it will rely on blockchain technology developed by IBM , which is working with a number of retailers, logistics…

North Carolina indoor city farm nears completion of Phase 1

Your Local Greens, an industrial size hydroponic indoor city farm located in Burlington, North Carolina, is nearing the completion of Phase I, and preparing its first crops consisting of a variety of lettuces and microgreens. Owned and operated by YLG Partners, Inc., the company was founded on the belief…

Toni Bucci joins AgBiome Innovations team

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial arm of AgBiome bringing innovative plant protection solutions to market, announces that Toni Bucci has joined the team in the role of Chief…

Argentina: Tomato producers denounce obstacles to export to Paraguay

Tomato producers in northern Argentina have stated that Paraguay is hindering the entry of their products into that market by not granting them the necessary sanitary permits.…

Peruvian company Virú acquires pepper distributor in Spain

Given the high demand for canned foods in Spain, Virú aims to participate more actively in the business chain and reach the final consumer. Consequently, it has just acquired…

Two new hires for Nogales grower

Josh Acuna (pictured) joined the SunFed sales team at the end of September. Frank Camera, Director of Sales, says “We are happy to have Josh as he comes to us with great commodity knowledge and…

Sainsbury’s UK: 'Brussels sprouts' and 'pigs in blankets' flavoured teas

Sainsbury’s has just launched a range of 'Brussels sprouts' and 'pigs in blankets' flavour teas. Yes, you can now drink meat or vegetable flavoured tea and we’re not quite sure what to think. In hopes of helping anyone looking for unusual gifts, Sainsbury’s decided to create a green tea which is made using actual Brussels sprouts, as…

Company valued at $7 billion

‘Meicai’ app funding round generates more than $600 million

Chinese start-up Meicai, which helps farmers sell their vegetables to restaurants, raised more than $600 million in a recent funding round. Using Meicai’s app, restaurants are able to order various vegetables directly from farms, effectively cutting out the need for middlemen in the traditional wholesale process. Meicai aims to service…

100th anniversary celebrated by setting a world record

Courchesne Larose, one of the country’s leading distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables, set an unconventional world record on Friday as more than 600 participants…

Hatenboer-Water appoints two new managers

Following recent internal changes, Hatenboer-Water has made the decision to enable the appointment of two new managers. These nominations will come into effect this month.  Hans Poot: Manager Purchasing & Logistics Over the last years, Hans has been a highly valued member of the team of Purchasers. He fulfilled this role with great…

New tomato brand to be launched December 2018 in Western U.S.

Flavorful Brands and The Produce Exchange / Lipman Family Farms are partnering to expand Tasti-Lee® tomatoes to the Western U.S market. According to the company, Tasti-Lee tomatoes have enjoyed success with consumers and retailers in the Eastern U.S. Tasti-Lee® is now expanding nationwide, and through…

Chambers bolsters partner grower network to strengthen year-round berry offering

Chambers, one of the UK’s leading independent berry growers, announces a significant expansion of the grower network that enables the business to deliver a year-round field to fork berry offering to its customers - which includes listings in many of the major multiples. The business currently home…

US (OH): Great Lakes Growers hires new Executive VP of Sales

Great Lakes Growers, an 80,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, announces the addition of John Tutolo to the executive team as the company’s new Executive Vice President of Sales. A long-time resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tutolo has over 20 years of experience in…

Tim van Doren discusses his work at Koppert Biological Systems:

"Horticulture sector is gigantic and with an incredible international orientation"

After studying Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tim van Doren shook off the 'pepper picker image' to rediscover the horticulture sector for himself. His current job as Project Manager Supply Chain at Koppert Biological Systems has, fortunately, provided him with a completely…

CubicFarm Systems readies for expansion into cannabis sector as Bevo Agro prepares to become Zenabis Global

On October 4, 2018, Bevo Agro announced that it had signed an Arrangement Agreement with Sun Pharm for a reverse take-over of Bevo, and announced its intent to change its name to Zenabis Global. Zenabis will have nearly 3.5 million square feet of available production space. Now, Bevo introduces CubicFarm Systems Corp.…

New export platform for Belgian agricultural products

Looking for a supplier of meat, fruit & vegetables, horticultural products, potatoes, dairy products or other fresh produce from Belgium? Want to remain abreast of the news about fresh Belgian products or do you want to dig a little deeper into background information about quality systems, business…

CO2 GRO appoints Dr. Matt Julius as Acting Chief Science Officer

Toronto based CO2 GRO announced that Dr. Matt Julius, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, St. Cloud State University, has agreed to take a nine-month sabbatical from his…

New Zealand retailer New World enters war against plastic waste

A recent New World initiative that does away with plastic film can't come soon enough for some shoppers. In the past, the supermarket got a dressing down for over-the-top…

Kazakhstan project unveiled for a nursery with modern equipment

Since the start of the Besana Project in 2014, the groups agricultural activity, carried out today by Besana International Ltd, has been gradually expanding. The Besana Group, with the aim of actively opposing the reduction of traditional nut production areas worldwide due to climate change, is assisting growers and…

Lidl Ireland to remove black plastic packaging from fruit & vegetables

Lidl has confirmed plans to remove black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range. This is to happen before Christmas of this year. The packaging, which cannot be recycled, will be scrapped from fresh fish products by February 2019, followed by fresh meat, poultry and cured meat ranges…

Jim McErlean becomes new VP of Sales at NatureSweet

NatureSweet announced the promotion of seasoned sales executive Jim McErlean to Vice President of Sales. In his new position, McErlean is responsible for establishing sales…

BC bell pepper grower ramps up by cooling down

Randhawa Farms, Oppy’s cornerstone British Columbia sweet bell pepper grower, has expanded its cooler facility and greenhouse acreage. Based in BC’s Lower Mainland, Randhawa has added almost 22,000 square feet of cold storage with a 600-pallet capacity facility that includes two new value-added lines.…

Driscoll's responds to 'slave-labor' claims at their Mexico operations

Recently, an independent media group, IndyBay, published an article on their website calling for a boycott of Driscoll's Berries. The media company, based in the San Francisco Bay area, cited workers who claimed that Driscoll's was exploiting workers at their Baja California farms, paying very low wages…

Moguer

Spain: Start of strawberry planting in Huelva

The new strawberry campaign has started this week with the planting stage, carried out in the fields of Grufesa's partners and producers. This Moguer-based company is devoted to the production and marketing of berries. The replanting in Huelva has been done just a few hours after the plants were picked,…

Australia: Bryony Hackett appointed General Manager at AIS Greenworks

AIS Greenworks, a division of ICI Industries, announces the appointment of Bryony Hackett to the position of General Manager. Bryony commences her new role in mid-October and…

Australia: Hort Innovation Board candidates announced

At Hort Innovation’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in November, voting members will elect three directors to the Hort Innovation Board. Seven candidates for the positions have now been announced, with voting members encouraged to get to know the candidates in the profiles listing their past and current…

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and GIC and marks the…

Organic Wisconsin dairy turned to packaged Brussels sprouts

A long-time Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh packaged vegetable product; the first in a long time for Organic Valley, the co-op it belongs…

Chongqing Zoo celebrates Mid-Autumn festival with Mooncake for oldest living panda

"Panda lovers" and Chongqing Zoo employees celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival [24 September, 2018] by making a giant Mooncake for the largest extant panda in the world, "Xin Xing" [New Star]. "Panda lovers" and zoo employees make a giant Mooncake Zoo employees mixed rice, chicken eggs, and soy beans together and added calcium, vegetable oil, and salt to…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas announces new CEO

Bonduelle Fresh Americas have announced the appointment of Mary Thompson to chief executive officer, effective Oct. 8. She will lead the day-to-day management of Bonduelle…

Ellepot and TTA enter strategic alliance

Global suppliers to the horticulture industry, Ellepot and TTA, have formed a partnership to better serve professional forest nurseries. The partnership is a formalization of many projects which already have been executed in good cooperation. The announcement comes at a time when both companies are…

Japan: Signify signs horticulture LED partnership agreement with Seiwa

Signify has signed Seiwa as new horticulture LED partner in Japan. Seiwa is a specialist in equipment and specialized supplies for horticulture from the Tochigi prefecture in Japan. The partnership extends the two companies’ collaboration on the Tomato Park project, where Seiwa installed Philips…

Urban-gro hires Larry Dodson as Chief Technology Officer

Urban-gro, a cultivation systems integrator and agricultural technology company for commercial cannabis cultivators around the world, announces the appointment of Larry Dodson to the role of Chief Technology Officer. With a track record of leading technology teams in high-tech and start-up environments, Larry will oversee urban-gro’s technology…

CAN (ON): OSCIA names Straathof as Program Director

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) welcomes Angela Straathof as Program Director. The Program Director position was created when two former program development and delivery…

First pile driven for new PB Techniek office

PB Techniek is growing fast, which is why a new office is being built on a highly visible location along the A20 highway in Maasdijk. The building will not only be home to the office and the various departments, but the production room will also move to the new location. Construction of the new building has started…

Netherlands: Ernst Gouma passes away

A sad announcement. After a long, brave, but unfair battle with cancer, on September 27, 2018 our colleague and employee passed away age 65: Ernst Gouma Since 1978, Ernst had various roles in several…

HSI invests in Kenya

From Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, HSI has big plans for the international greenhouse horticulture sector. Recently the company decided, if possible, to enter the Kenyan market even more actively. They are no strangers there, but are now going for the next step. Nico van der Spek and Richard Heemskerk love action. They turned…

US vegetable grower retains strategic partner

“We are excited to announce that Doug Kling CEO of Kling Strategic Partners LLC has been retained to expand our Business Development initiatives, increase our value-added…

CASI, Biosabor, Unica Group and La Palma

Spain: Joint venture for Adora tomatoes

The Adora tomato, a dark-coloured Marmande variety that was presented at the latest edition of Fruit Attraction, will have a great season start with the integration of the…

CAN (ON): Brian Coutts joins A & L Laboratories as Strategy and Business Development Manager

Brian Coutts will join A & L Canada Laboratories as Strategy and Business Development Manager for the Food & Pharma industries. Brian will also support strategic…

A.M.A. Plastics becomes A.M.A. Horticulture

A.M.A. Plastics Ltd., a solutions-focused distributor, has changed its corporate name to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., announced at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. The name…

Listeria fears

Spinach recalled from Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu

Spinach is being recalled from Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu over listeria fears. A recall was announced this morning urging customers who purchased the affected products to return them to the store. The affected products were on shelves in Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu. Retailers are advising customers to…

Spain: Biodegradable Mulch OG seeks solutions for Murcian horticultural crops

A group of leading companies in fruit and vegetable production in the Region of Murcia has collaborated with Proexport in the launch of the Biodegradable Mulches Operating Group (ACBD). This body is currently in charge of an innovation project, whose goal is to develop new techniques that can help…

CannTrust appoints Peter Aceto as new CEO

Peter Aceto has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of CannTrust. Eric Paul, CannTrust’s Co-Founder and leader, has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer, and has been named Chairman of the Board and Special Advisor to CannTrust’s management team. Mark Litwin is assuming the role of…

Horticoop divests wholesale activities

Horticoop, a cooperative and one of the biggest horticultural suppliers in the Netherlands for more than 100 years, especially in greenhouse supply, is shifting its focus more on development and greenhouse technology and therefore decided to sell their wholesale activities in the Netherlands in…

US: Mycorrhizal Applications expands West Coast sales team

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently grown with the addition of Alex Way as a West Coast Sales Account Manager.  MA is a major supplier of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for these sustainable soil solutions, Alex will support the continued growth and development…

Turkish ag teachers visit Belgian bumblebees

Biobest recently welcomed a delegation of 15 lecturers from three of Turkey’s leading vocational agricultural high schools to join the company in Belgium for five days. The educational trip began at the company headquarters in Westerlo. Members of the technical team gave the group an overview of Biobest’s activities in…

UK: Paul Alexander joins Bulrush

Bulrush Horticulture announces the appointment of Dr. Paul Alexander as Technical Support and Product Development Manager. Paul will also work closely with parent company Pindstrup Mosebrug. Paul leaves his position as Head of Horticultural and Environmental Science at RHS. He knows Bulrush and the Pindstrup Group well, based on more than 10 years…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas sends 10,000 salads to help Hurricane Florence victims

Bonduelle Fresh Americas’ team said it has been monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and yesterday packed a truck with 10,000 Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salads. The truck left its Swedesboro, New Jersey plant this morning and will arrive Saturday morning at the American Red Cross Shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina to…

South Africa: Woolworths removes organic baby spinach from shelves

Woolworths’ organic baby spinach recently disappeared from the shelves, after its organic certification was called into question following several rounds of independent…

Spain: Largest pepper handling facility in Europe

Serfruit and Aweta have set up a processing plant for peppers and citrus fruits for one of the largest suppliers of peppers in Europe: Hortamira (Murcia, Spain). These facilities will make it possible to handle about 40 tons per hour, with the products arriving straight from the fields and leaving already packaged and…

Fresh processor introduces retail packaging featuring TV show branding for preschoolers

North American fresh-cut fruit and vegetable network Your Way*Fresh is teaming up with Entertainment One’s children’s television series PJ Masks in an effort to encourage kids…

Del Monte announces joint venture with tomato producer

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Rene Produce (“Rene”) to form a Joint Venture that will sell and market…

US (FL): Dilution Solutions welcomes Dennis Hyde as National Sales Manager

Dilution Solutions, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, has named Dennis Hyde as a National Sales Manager - Irrigation. Dennis brings extensive experience in the irrigation and plant management field. Starting as a teenager with a parks and recreation department, building his own contractor business with a…

John Elstrott joins Concentric board of directors

John B. Elstrott, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of Concentric Ag Corporation, a developer and producer of proprietary biological and essential plant nutrient inputs for specialty and broadacre crops. Elstrott is the founder and emeritus executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship Research at…

New CFO strengthens Biobest management team

The Biobest Group management team has reached full strength with Erik Vanderhaegen recently appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), following the earlier appointment of Kristof Truyens to head up the HR team. Erik was previously CFO and a member of the Executive Board of several multinationals in various sectors, including fruit and vegetables.…

Ton Habraken, Ludvig Svensson

"Worldwide switch to controlled environment cultivation"

In almost all areas, controlled environment cultivation offers higher production at a better, consistent quality. And that is exactly what is asked worldwide by retail producers. Ton Habraken travels through Europe frequently for Ludvig Svensson, and he can also be found regularly in Australia and New…

1,500 extra tons of strawberries

France: Cadralbret joins Paysans de Rougeline

The Nérac based cooperative, Cadralbret, will join Paysans de Rougeline in 2019. The Marmande based Paysans de Rougeline will now have 6 cooperatives and even more visibility…

Færch Plast acquires recycler 4PET Group

Færch Plast is closing the loop on plastic food trays with the acquisition of Dutch 4PET Group, sheet manufacturer with far-reaching recycling capabilities. With this…

Asda's avocado Christmas themes

Asda has unveiled an avocado-themed Christmas homeware range. Of course, we haven’t had Halloween yet but already the shops are gearing up for Christmas. Advent calendars, decorations and Christmas jumpers have been popping up. And now so are avocados. The food of choice for millennials has also been given a Christmas make-over. The store…

France: Paprec Recyclage and Groupe Guillin speed up recycling of PET plastic food trays

Determined to work with the dynamic around plastics recycling, the French leader for recycling and the European leader for food packaging solutions have launched the REUSAL…

Syngenta:

"From snack tomato via plum to beef tomato (and everything in between)"

Syngenta's entire tomato team was ready on Wednesday to meet growers and traders in their demo greenhouse in Monster. They had a lot to show and tell their visitors. Peter Colbers - Romindo Romindo extremely strong against tip rot For tomatoes, this summer was the season of truth. Which tomato would perform the best?…

Vestaron appoints Ben Cicora as SVP Sales & Marketing

Vestaron announces the appointment of Ben Cicora as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With more than fifteen years of commercial experience across large and small…

How Greenyard got to sell the Horticultural business

Hein Deprez, CEO with the Belgium company Greenyard, has been told to tighten his belt by the banks. This came out during a shareholders meeting last week. The company announced yesterday they would sell its horticultural division .  Last week, the Belgium copmany Greenyard convinced banks to let the debt increase until March…

Tomato growers plan 24-hour strike for better wages in New Zealand

New Zealand tomato growers are striking for 24 hours on Monday, to protest their low pay. First Union, which represents workers in the horticulture sector, said more than 100…

League of Legends’ latest mascot is a giant, talking cabbage roll

League of Legends developers Riot Games have put out some TV adverts over recent weeks. For Japanese audiences there was something quite different, as their new League of Legends mascot is a giant, talking cabbage roll. Allegedly it is a play on words. In Japanese, the expression ‘lol’ (and therefore League of Legends’…

Retaining strong position of Westland by means of expansion and accessibility

The merger of auctions strongly contributed to the development of ABC Westland. The Dutch business park was full in just a few years, and the land bought later is now also practically fully occupied. Yet ABC Westland isn’t done growing.   ABC Westland was started in 1999. After The Greenery was founded, many buildings became vacant, including the auction…

Share Logistics expanding in Europe and The Americas

Share Logistics has strengthened itself with multiple international offices in Spain, Italy, Germany and North & South America. Guided by the cargo flows of clients the…

Certis USA names Taylor Aguilera as Regional Manager-Northern California

Certis USA names Taylor Smith Aguilera as Regional Manager-Northern California. Aguilera handles product sales for the company’s biopesticide products, including the Northern…

US (MI): Food and agriculture grants boost asparagus business

During its regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for three food and agriculture projects in Michigan. The projects will help grow companies focused on cheese-making, asparagus…

Belgium: Biobest receives Export Lion 2018 award

Biobest Group was voted as winner of the Export Lion 2018. Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois awarded the prestigious prize to Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest Group CEO, at the closing event in Antwerp. Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Flemish Agency for International Business, has been…

US (OR): Fall Creek Farm & Nursery hires Matt Kramer

Matt Kramer, a 33-year veteran of the horticulture industry, has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery as director of product development and commercialization. In this newly created position, he is responsible for the company’s intellectual property business, including its blueberry breeding and variety…

Bayer outlines its vision for the future of agriculture

Joined by farming stakeholders, academia, NGOs and industry experts from around the globe, Bayer outlined its vision for the future of agriculture. “Farmers are hungry for innovation that will help them grow more with less and help ensure adequate access to safe, nutritious and affordable food now and in the future,”…

Waitrose to have loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags removed by spring 2019

Waitrose is to remove loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags by spring 2019. Its 5p single-use plastic carrier bags will be gone from all shops by March next year. It said the move will save 134 million plastic bags, the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year. Waitrose and Partners said a home compostable alternative will…

Danish producer saves 75 tons of 'ugly' tomatoes

The healthy production of Danish tomatoes, boosted by this year’s warm summer, has not been allowed to go to waste by a producer in Odense. Alfred Pedersen & Son is one of two producers taking part in an initiative set up earlier this year by NGO Stop Wasting Food ( Stop Spild Af Mad ) in an effort to cut…

US: Monsanto asks court to toss $289 million glyphosate verdict

Bayer unit Monsanto has asked a California judge to throw out a $289 million jury verdict awarded to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, gave him cancer. The company said in motions filed in San Francisco’s Superior Court of California that the jury’s decision was insufficiently…

Kenya: Koppert invests in Latia training centre

Koppert recently invested in Latia Agribusiness Solutions (LAS). This company supports farmers through training, mentorship and skilled labor provision. Located in Isinya, Kenya, the firm offers these services through unique models that include apprenticeship programs, on-site and off-site incubation of…

Duijvestijn Tomaten uses WMS software for horticulture

"The program is so flexible that it can easily grow along with our company"

On behalf of Duijvestijn Tomaten, 9Knots Solutions B.V. from Nieuwveen has developed a completely new Warehouse Management System (WMS). Remco Duijvestijn, Business Controller and one of the owners of Duijvestijn Tomaten: "We have started the talks in September 2016. The program is called Casemaster, and…

Rijk Zwaan opens brand-new R&D facility in Fijnaart

On the afternoon of Friday 14 September, Rijk Zwaan officially opened its brand-new R&D facility on Eerste Kruisweg in Fijnaart. This extension gives the international vegetable breeding company the necessary space to further expand its research activities. The construction project, which started back in November…

"The Hague urban greenhouse cannot be made profitable"

After more than two months following the bankruptcy of The Hague’s urban greenhouse by Urban Farmers, it has become clear that a revival is not possible. In the past months, the bankruptcy trustee has investigated the possibilities for this. The investigation has also shown the greenhouse has never been…

Aruna Lighting and Agrolux Nederland supply Royal Pride

Tomatoes in new construction ensured of plenty of light

The new construction of 7.5 ha at greenhouse horticulture company Royal Pride, Middenmeer, has gone operational. Royal Pride has, in conjunction with Agrolux, chosen again to use the bulbs of Aruna for its lighting. In total 9,300 high pressure sodium lamps (SONT) have been installed. Tomato grower Frank…

China: Haifa Group aid Shandong farmers after typhoon Rumbia attack

Haifa China, the Group’s Chinese subsidiary, aided over 800 growers after the typhoon Rumbia hit Shandong province, China’s biggest vegetable-producing area. Over 100,000 people were evacuated and more than 260,000 hectares of crops were devastated. Haifa China together with Xue Minghui Ltd., Haifa's distributor in the region, decided…

European industry developments

"Growers must get rid of their minority complex'"

Cooperation within the greenhouse horticulture is essential, but does not necessarily have to happen in the form of mergers. Various forms of cooperation are possible that can strengthen the sector for the future. Entrepreneurs will have to take the initiative themselves. That was one of the conclusions…

Public Auction former Brown Coir Export properties

In Sri Lanka, a public auction has been announced of on of the properties of Brown Coir Export. The company is still in production from the other locations and is currently working through a restructure program with full intentions to continue their business. They will inform all customers ASAP about…

NL: New innovation center The Green East opened

“We are proud that we have such a gem in the municipality of Raalte,” said mayor Martijn Dadema during the opening of The Green East on Friday 24 August. Exactly a year ago, the presentation of the plans for a new innovation center with its focus on a circular economic future for the agri-food business…

CAN (BC): UFV launches new Food and Agriculture Institute

The University of the Fraser Valley is launching a research institute that will advance BC’s agricultural economy and promote a sustainable and prosperous food culture. The Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI) will foster food security through the study of intensive sustainable agricultural land use and…

Strawberry Demo Day 2018 'Clean water, clean soil'

The Strawberry Demo Day was organised at the strawberry cultivation company of Peter Lemmen and Liesbeth Beijen in Egchel, Limburg this year. Because of the good weather, more than 300 visitors attended, where 55 companies participated in the info market, the innovation square, and demonstrations. In the…

Theo Stolze, Stolze B.V.

UL/CSA certified cable welding system launched

Americans and Canadians require horticultural suppliers to obtain an UL/CSA certificate for their electronic and electrical products. In the Netherlands there weren't any companies that could supply prefabricated cabling that met these requirements, Stolze B.V. has now acquired the certification. Theo:…

Urban-gro promotes industry veteran to Executive Vice President, Operations

Urban-gro, a cultivation systems integrator and agricultural technology firm for commercial cannabis cultivators around the world, promoted Dan Droller to the position of Executive Vice President, Operations. In this role, Dan is responsible for the evaluation of new products, services, and technology…

Oil prices puts pressure on CMA CGM's EBIT, but they stay positive

The high oil prices are affecting the finances of the large shipping companies. Just like other maritime transport companies, CMA CGM is experiencing the effect of high bunker…

Biodegradable cultivation tarpaulin on Swedish land

Horticulture uses large quantities of cultivation tarpaulin on fossil basis. In the past three years Wargön Innovation has been working on the development of biodegradable and…

US (AK): Matanuska Experiment Farm gains new director

Jodie Anderson is the new director of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center near Palmer. Anderson started her new job Aug. 20. She will provide leadership for the…

Bayer CEO doesn't suffer from buyer's remorse

Bayer’s $63 billion Monsanto purchase has suffered regulatory delays, mounting legal claims and now will yield lower earnings for the year than earlier forecast. Still, the company’s CEO says he has “no regrets.” The German company lost out on revenue from Monsanto’s busy spring season, when farmers in…

Welding award for KUBO

Last June the Canadian Welding Bureau, CWB, conducted an audit in the KUBO Group’s production department. The welders and welding processes were tested according to the Canadian welding standard, CSA Standard W47.1. The results proved to be outstanding, with all welders coming through the tests with flying colours. The Canadian…

'They can’t be bothered anymore'

US facility no longer wants to deal with New Zealand

A top US facility that globally supplies cultivars for the pipfruit and stonefruit industry has lost interest in dealing with New Zealand. An industry member blames the way…

"In order to promote them, Peruvian chili peppers need to be linked to the gastronomy"

Even though Peruvian fresh capsicum exports account for the lowest share of pepper and chili pepper shipments (only 5%), it is the format that has grown the most in recent…

Hamburg Wholesale relies on regional premium goods with label Essbare Landschaften Holstein

''Colorful beetroot varieties from north German fields are very popular''

Whether ringed, bright yellow, deep red or bright white: The beet varieties of the 'Essbare Landschaften Holstein' product line are an eye-catcher on every plate and in the autumn they enchant gourmets with their earthy charm. There is a good reason the ancient, colorful beetroot varieties are so popular…

Peter Bartels, Bartels bvba:

"Perfectionists necessary in biological cultivation"

He grew bell peppers for twenty years, then six years of sweet pointed peppers, but switched to biological cultivation. Now cultivation switches from bell pepper to tomato, to cucumber and eggplant in Peter Bartels’ greenhouse. “I thought to make it into retirement by growing sweet pointed peppers, but…

Chinese vegetables from Dutch greenhouses

Growing for Indonesian stores: better ten small customers than a big one

Choy sum, mini bok choy and Shanghai bok choy: just a few names of vegetables from the greenhouses of Freshchoi. Relatively, unknown in The Netherlands, but certainly not unloved, as this grower of Chinese vegetables knows all too well. This year it was exactly twenty years that Jan-Willem Schinkelshoek,…

Bayer opens seed processing facility in Ukraine

Bayer opened a seed processing facility in Pochuiky, Zhytomyr region on September 5th. The new facility is the largest of its kind in Ukraine, and one of the largest in Europe. Investment in the new plant amounts to 200 million U.S. dollars, and is part of a long-term investment into expanding corn seed…

Tomato grower Schenkeveld starts iPhone action to recruit new personnel

"A good employee is worth a lot, at least a cool smartphone"

A remarkable tweet on tomato grower Richard Schenkveld's page. Between the tweets about the greenhouse crops and the construction of Schenkeveld Schiphol suddenly appeared a…

Bell pepper growers are aiming directly for retail

How do you get the consumer to eat more bell peppers? Work Group Direct voor retail aims to answer that question. Besides ZON, three other bell pepper growers take part in that work group. What are the results of this approach? Product Leadership in optima forma. That is how account manager Retail Jørgen…

Bayer sees earnings lower after $63 billion Monsanto deal

Bayer AG’s $63 billion Monsanto purchase has suffered regulatory delays, mounting legal claims and now will yield lower earnings for the year than earlier forecast. Still, the company’s CEO says he has “no regrets.” The German company lost out on revenue from the new agricultural unit’s busy spring…

"China: Model "fruit and vegetable installation" on show at Jiangxi"

The 16th session of the Jiangxi and Taiwan Economy and Culture Cooperation and Exchange Meeting officially opened on August 31st in Nanchang. Two "fruit and vegetable installations" stood out. They attracted many participants and guests of honor. Two brilliant model "fruit and vegetable installations"…

Propagation container company expands into South Africa

Proptek has brought their industry leading propagation trays and containers to South Africa, where they hope to aid nurseries in growing excellent seedlings more efficiently and more cost effectively. “We’ve been really well known in North America for decades now, which is why it is so exciting to be…

EU: Police seize stolen fresh food trays

Following recent thefts of Euro Pool System fresh food trays, the police have raided various locations where suspicious batches of trays have been found. The police also…

Google Street View takes images at WestlandPeppers

Take a tour of the greenhouse from behind your screen

Google Street View took footage at the Dutch nursery WestlandPeppers last month. This makes it possible to take a look inside the shop, the collection point, the front desk and of course inside of the greenhouse, to name a few, from behind your screen. Take a look inside and see for yourself.

Robert Grootscholte, 4Evergreen

"I am curious how the new generation sees autonomous cultivation"

Robert Grootscholte, general director 4Evergreen: "I am very curious how young people think about autonomous cultivation, in which the computer reads the plant by using big data, and in which the greenhouse becomes completely self-regulating." The bell pepper company is investing in sustainability on…

Agrovista partners with Carbon Gold as UK distributor

Agrovista UK Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of agronomy advice, seed, crop protection products and precision farming services, has partnered with Carbon Gold to distribute enriched biochar products to the commercial horticulture sector in England, Scotland and Wales. The Agrovista team with James…

Brazilian court rules that growers will continue to have access to glyphosate

A Brazilian court ensures growers in that country that they will have continued access to glyphosate-based herbicides. “This ruling is very good news for Brazilian growers, who count on glyphosate-based herbicides to control weeds and grow their crops safely and effectively,” said Liam Condon, Member of…

Running 28 floors in a 20 kg suit - who and why?

Can you guess who's in the suit, climbing up the 28 floors of the Melbourne Crown Towers in a 20 kg suit? It's Genesis Horticultural Solutions Director, Tony Bundock. He swapped his horticulture boots for a set of firefighter gear at the weekend when he and 650 other career and volunteer firefighters…

Dutch growers reuse CO2 from Shell

In the PrimA4a area, the company OCAP is laying a pipeline this year to supply CO2 to greenhouse growers. The CO2 is a residual product of Shell Pernis and others. OCAP director Jacob Limbeek explains: "Greenhouse growers want to be more sustainable, and this helps." In the 1990s, the idea arose to use…

Analysis of horticulture branch in the Danish Odense

Dansk Gartneri, in collaboration with the Odense municipality, will create an analysis of a number of factors relating to the horticultural branch in Odense and the surrounding area. The intention is to look at how the future of the branch can be guaranteed, what measures must be taken to increase the…

Boyd Douglas-Davies to join HTA Board

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce that Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President. A…

Additional growing site in Northern NSW for Hydroponics Company

The Hydroponics Company Limited will expand its growing capability, having secured an additional growing site in Northern NSW which it expects to develop to be able to…

Gibraltar inks $2 million refi with American Horticultural Supply

Gibraltar Business Capital closed a $2 million line of credit for American Horticultural Supply, a distributor of horticultural products to nurseries and growers.…

Spain: New research center for protected vegetables to be built

Certis Europe BV has signed a collaboration agreement with the Tecnova Experimental Centre to establish the new Certis Research Excellence Centre (CREC) for the development of Integrated Pest Management on protected vegetables in Almería, Spain. The Tecnova Foundation was established in 2001 and the…

Paying for fruit and veg with crypto in Ukraine

Paytomat is an Estonian crypto payments processor that is currently helping with the real world adoption of crypto. They are making it easy for traders across Europe to accept payments in various popular cryptocurrencies. The list of 13 supported cryptocurrencies includes Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash…

Peru: Chilli exports could amount to US $6M

The Government declared the first Friday in September as the Peruvian Chilli Day to encourage production, sustainable consumption, and exports of this product, which is the…

NL: Greenhouse pumpkins for the local market

Jan Varekamp has a long background in growing vegetables. He cultivated greenhouse vegetables for several years and was crop manager at LTO Groeiservice. But now, in mid-August, Jan Varekamp is growing greenhouse pumpkins for the local market on the island of Voorne-Putten. "With greenhouse cultivation…


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