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New intermediate bulk container offers logistics solution

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers a great logistics…

Swiss gastronomy supplier takes up lettuce cultivation

'Great development potential for Chicarita novelty lettuce''

In recent years, the lettuce sector has seen a lot of changes. The Salanova varieties and mini-Romanas lettuce for instance have quickly found their way in to European trade. At the moment there is another novelty coming up, which is establishing itself at a rapid pace. It is the so-called Chicarita.…

Greenhouse grown strawberries with chocolate flavored dip at Fresh Summit

Later this week, four products from Mucci Farms will be on display in the New Product Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando. One of them is the company’s latest release: CuteCumber™️ Poppers, which are one-bite miniature cucumber half the size of the company’s original cocktail size CuteCumbers™️.…

Greenhouse tomato grower to introduce new vegetable products

NatureSweet® Tomatoes will debut its new product line of branded cucumbers, peppers and large tomatoes along with new additions to the Brighthouse Organics® line at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo held in Orlando from October 18-20, 2018. This November, NatureSweet® will…

Spain: Alcampo introduces floating live lettuce

Auchan Retail Spain has introduced an assortment of floating live lettuces at its hypermarket in Alcampo de Leganés, Madrid, which customers can "harvest" at the time of purchase. These lettuces (green and red Trocadero, green and red Lollo and green Batavia), supplied by Gota Viva, keep their roots in direct contact…

Gert van der Bent, Wijnand de Mooij:

“First Italian, wild spinach arrives after difficult summer”

Yesterday morning Wijnand de Mooij unloaded the first wild spinach of the Unica Vera brand. “We’re very happy to have once again received beautiful, wild spinach of good quality. This summer was very difficult, because Germany barely had any product due to the warm and dry weather, and spots quickly…

New foldable intermediate bulk container presented

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers the best…

AU: "Kumato proving to be a major hit with consumers"

One of Australia’s new tomato varieties is quickly gaining traction with consumers, according to one of the growers. Kumato® grower Andrew Potter, who produces 450,000 kg each year, says interest in the fruit is growing steadily. “Australians enjoy the unique taste and colour changes of the Kumato®,” he said. “They are less…

"One-bite is a healthy, convenient alternative when hunger pangs strike"

Now available in a range of sizes and colours, the snack tomato has established itself as a healthy alternative for traditional snacks such as potato crisps and nuts. And it has now been joined by a fresh, crunchy mini cucumber that can be eaten whole. One-bite looks similar to a regular snack cucumber,…

Emerson releases GO Real-Time Secure Tracker

Emerson has announced the release of the GO Real-Time Secure Tracker. This product introduction combines GPS tracking technology with a CTPAT (Customs Trade Partnership…

Adelita, the 'made in South' raspberries available from November to June

In Basilicata and Campania, the production of raspberries in the winter months is now an established reality. Thanks to the climatic conditions of these regions and to the introduction of the Adelita cultivar, it is possible to grow and produce raspberries from November to June. The project was born in 2010 when…

Zero Energy Cooling Chamber

How Kenyan tomato farmers can avoid heavy losses

Last week, there was the news that tomato farmers in Kenya’s Laikipia county were feeding tomatoes to the cows. The sad bit is that this is not new. It has happened before. The reason is overproduction because farmers are all harvesting their crop at the same time. To cope with this surplus production, farmers need…

Lef Farms introduces Fusion

US (NH): A fresh new take on standard spring mixes

How do you satisfy those who love baby greens but possess an unpretentious yet discriminating palette? Those who have been searching for a straightforward mix with a bit more punch than a Spring Mix? Well, those are exactly the lettuce lovers lef Farms (pronounced “leaf”) is looking to attract with its…

US (TX): Festival Strawberry latest Texas Superstar release

A new strawberry variety – Festival Strawberry – combines prolific production and quality taste as the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries, according to the Texas Superstar Executive Board. Festival Strawberry is the latest Texas Superstar promotion. (Texas A&M AgriLife…

Cold chain monitoring solution for fruit & vegetable transport

CAS DataLoggers provided its SwiTrace Temperature Data Loggers to a shipper exporting fruits and vegetables. Most of these products were very temperature-sensitive and could…

Rijk Zwaan Long English Cucumber summer review

"Bluesbrother RZ shines in production and quality"

This summer and early fall season has given Southern Ontario hot days with minimal relief in the night temperatures. While these weather conditions are not typically hoped for, the extra warm climate has provided Rijk Zwaan's new greenhouse varieties an excellent testing environment and the opportunity…

Two paperpot tray series available

Modiform expands paperpot tray assortment

With the introduction of the two latest paperpot light trays, Modiform expands its light range trays. The trays are suitable for cultivation of young plants in paperplugs. Matthijs Plas (Sales Manager Propagation Modiform); “The light series provides customers a strong yet light tray”. The new products (product number 1307 and 1310)…

Dramm includes QR code to scan for manuals, videos, FAQs and service

In an effort to help growers get the most out of their spray equipment, Dramm now includes two QR Codes on each machine. These QR Codes will automatically take the user to…

Ellepot AIR

New tray prevents root circling

With the new patent pending Ellepot AIR tray assortment for jumbo-sized paper pots, growers can now put an end to root circling and reduce root defects in their production. With focus on the optimization of airflow and drainage, the Ellepot AIR Tray is an alternative to other containerised systems for cultures that needs larger…

New 10-litre pot for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Are you looking for a substrate pot for your raspberry or blackberry plants? This month Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will be introducing a new 10-litre pot. Coming season they are going to expand their existing range of square 4.7-litre substrate pots, 7-litre pots and various light weight pots with this new…

Ghana: Actor John Dumelo makes money from own cucumbers

Ghanaian actor John Dumelo is really doing well for himself, not just in his acting career, but also in businesses like farming. Agriculture has been one sector the actor has spent part of his money on and he has never regretted making these investments, as he sure sees a future in agriculture. The actor could not…

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"Uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs"

Oasis Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, is now offering its Oasis Terra Plug bonded media with Soax Advanced liquid wetting agent that allows superior cutting hydration and uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs. Terra Plugs are a bonded media made by loose filling propagation trays and…

Turkey: “Super” tomatoes from Igdir receive a lot of interest from Iran

“Super” tomatoes from Igdir, a city located in eastern Turkey, stand out for their taste, color and aroma and, as a result, they are in high-demand from export markets.  Tomatoes from this city have a mildly sour taste and receives a lot of interest from Iran and Nakhchivan. Many agricultural products are…

Turkey: Tomato from Insuyu about to become a brand name

Insuyu plain in Burdur, located in southwestern Turkey, is the production center for green beans in Turkey, where 30 % of Turkey’s green bean production is grown. However 3 years ago tomato production started in greenhouses in Insuyu and it is slowly becoming a brand name in this area. Burdur Chamber of…

CAN (QC): Belgian émigré makes tomato wine

In 1998, Pascale Miche immigrated to Québec from Belgium and began planting tomatoes in his backyard. But when Miche looked out at his plants, he didn’t see a field of salad components. He saw a vineyard. Miche’s grandfather began turning tomatoes into wine in 1938, and he passed the recipe down to his…

Global trade fair dedicated to chili peppers

"We didn't think the Rieti Cuore Piccante event would reach its 8th edition, but here we are," explains Costantino Ciatti, one of the operators taking part in the fair. Display cases showing chili peppers from all over the world in Rieti. - Click here for the photo gallery . The sample field includes 800…

Hawthorne Hydroponics recalls humidifiers due to fire and shock hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has posted the following recall summary: Name of Product: Ideal-Air 175-pint industrial grade humidifiers Hazard: The humidifiers can overheat while in use, posing fire and shock hazards. Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled…

Malaysian parents name their kids ‘Dhury Yan’ and ‘Rambutt'an’

For many Malaysians, naming a child is a painstaking process which requires great deliberation and discussion. This, in the past, has led to a proliferation of unusual names among Malaysian babies. But a couple from Sungai Petani chose ‘fruity’ names for their children at the wish of their elders. Abi…

Are Pueblo chile peppers kicking up the heat this year?

The Pueblo chile peppers are a staple in southern Colorado but aren't necessarily known for their extreme heat. However, experts say this year's crops might pack a little more…

New LED toplighting with higher output for light-loving crops

Signify announced the introduction of the new Philips GreenPower LED toplighting high output with a light efficacy up to 3.0 µmol/J and an output of 800 µmol/s. The new module will help greenhouse growers improve the growth of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other crops that require a lot of light. The…

New LED solutions create more efficient vertically grown cannabis

Fluence announced three new horticulture LED lighting solutions redesigned to enable efficient and productive vertical controlled environments. With an updated and slimmer form factor streamlined for quick and easy deployment, the new Fluence SPYDR Series represents high-intensity lighting solutions for…

David Ferman on Brighthouse Organics

“We continue to expand our organic line”

In January of last year, NatureSweet expanded into the organic segment with the launch of its Vine Ripened Tomato and Roma Tomato programs under the name Brighthouse Organics. “Given that the consumer’s path to purchase varies between organic and conventional, a different name was chosen with a distinct…

Which is which: Cherry vs. grape tomatoes

It’s no surprise that many people find it hard to tell a Cherry Tomato from a Grape Tomato – both varieties are usually small and sweet. But there are some key differences between these two tomatoes – you just need to know what you’re looking for. On their blog, NatureFresh Farms explains the difference…

"Cultivation floor provides better root system and uniform irrigation"

The ErfGoedFloor is well known to growers of pot and bedding plants, but also vegetable plant growers are happy with the cultivation floor. The water rises very evenly, so that all plants get just as much water and for just as long. A cooling function provides a beneficial effect on the microclimate. At…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…


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