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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.....

Laser, micro and macro perforation, covers and bags production, printing and laminating and pot production under one roof.

Mediane specializes further in agro-packaging

In recent years, Mediane has achieved a position as a supplier of, in particular, bags and covers for herbs, lettuce, vegetable and bread packaging. The company now produces about 1.5 billion bags and covers per year and exports to more than 50 countries."We have built up a clientele with whom we were able.....

J&J Family of Farms welcomes new Director of Grower Development

J&J Family of Farms recently hired Mark Konstan as its new Director of Grower Development, Western Division.Mark Konstan brings more than 34 years of experience in the produce industry and 26 years of experience with national fresh produce company. For over 20 years, Mark worked at The Produce Exchange.....

UAE: Pure Harvest raises $4.5 million in seed investment

A historic seed investment of $4.5 million has been secured by tech-enabled arid climate agribusiness Pure Harvest Smart Farms, based in Abu Dhabi.The financing round was significantly oversubscribed and follows an earlier $1.1 million pre-seed round led by Abu Dhabi-based Shorooq Investments.Venture.....

Masr Fruit adds Morocco products to the program

Masr Fruit, well known for their production from Egypt, have started the season of spring onions from Egypt with supply to the whole of Europe."We have started the season earlier than usual with supply to our supermarket clients mainly in UK and Germany, but also to our other clients through our distribution.....

Maersk Line North America appoints Omar Shamsie as new president

Maersk Line North America, based in Florham Park, has appointed Omar Shamsie, a 28-year veteran of the company, as its new president.Shamsie will assume his new role on Dec. 1. He is being promoted from president of the company’s Latin America and the Caribbean operations.Before that, he served as president.....

Liddor helps STK in advancing its production of biopesticides

STK (Stockton), a company working in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection and Lidorr Chemicals, has built a new biological manufacturing unit at Liad Agro facility at Jerusalem area in Israel for the production of STK’s new products.This manufacturing unit was.....

Syngenta sells assets to Nufarm in relation to the ChemChina acquisition

Adama and Syngenta have entered into binding agreement with Nufarm to sell a portfolio of crop protection products for an agreed transaction value of USD 490 million. The combined portfolio of products being divested includes off-patent crop protection formulations in the herbicides, fungicides, insecticides.....

US: Syngenta recognized as Analytics 50 company

Syngenta was presented with an Analytics 50 award by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business during a ceremony at the university’s Philadelphia campus on Nov. 2.Joining the ranks of top professional services and consumer companies, Syngenta was recognized for its development of data-driven tools that.....

India: FarmLink raises $3m from Pioneering Ventures, Syngenta

Mumbai-based agri-tech startup FarmLink has raised $3 million from the Indian arms of Swiss incubator-cum-investment firm Pioneering Ventures and agro-chemicals company Syngenta.FarmLink, an end-to-end logistics solutions provider for supplying fruits and vegetables, will use the money to expand its.....

Reducing emissions, assuming more responsibility

Klasmann-Deilmann presents Sustainability Report

Klasmann-Deilmann GmbH has presented its 2016 Sustainability Report, a publication in which the company regularly provides information about key developments in nature conservation and climate protection, the use of resources and the sustainability management targets specified by the Group. “We take our.....

Ushio opens new factory in Poland

Ushio Poland, a subsidiary of BLV Licht- und Vakuumtechnik Gmbh, officially opened the doors to its new factory in Pass, just outside of Warsaw.The new building has a production area of 5,000 square meters and dwarfs its predecessor which housed its production lines in just 2,000 square meters of space. It.....

Tozer Seeds America celebrates its ten year anniversary

Tozer Seeds America is celebrating their 10th year of business this month. A subsidiary to Tozer Seeds, which is headquartered in Cobham, UK, the U.S. division opened its doors for business in 2007. Tozer Seeds expanded their distribution and sales operation to the U.S. and opened an office in Santa Maria,.....

Marcel van der Knaap, Nursery Rimato:

NL: "Sustainable tomatoes without bitter aftertaste for next generation"

Nursery Rimato wants to produce tomatoes in a sustainable way, so enjoying their tomatoes does not give a bitter aftertaste for the next generation. Marcel van der Knaap discusses the geothermal heat project which his nursery participates in.What makes this project special?Drilling will be done to a depth of.....

Tim Zwinkels, BDO Accountants & Adviseurs:

"For foreign projects, check applicable conditions in the country"

Nowadays, the new construction of greenhouses in the Netherlands is growing again, but in recent years, greenhouse builders and installers have been active more often in Mexico, Canada and Russia than in the Westland. On behalf of BDO Accountants & Adviseurs, Tim Zwinkels is mainly engaged in.....

Work Process Optimization is now the common thread at Hortimat

Hortimat has grown considerably in recent years in the supply of used overhauled machines. The company is expanding constantly. Ordered machines and projects keep on growing and customers are increasingly representing large business organizations. Customers not only ask for a revised machine but for a total.....

Timfog engineers residual heat project in Belarus

Timfog Engineering has recently commissioned a new 42-acre glasshouse for the state-owned RUE Vitebsk Energy company in the city of Orsha in the region of Vitebsk in Belarus. The greenhouse makes use of the residual heat of a nearby power plant. This enables the grower to heat the greenhouse without the.....

Scott Kosnik on Seald Sweet's expansion into vegetables

"It was a natural progression to grow our commodity line"

Seald Sweet have been growing and shipping fruit from their various locations for decades. With already successful growing programs established in Mexico, Seald Sweet wanted to expand their options for customers. They have now decided to enter the vegetable market and have already commenced growing and.....

Aurora Cannabis plans to take over CanniMed

Aurora Cannabis has submitted a proposal to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of CanniMed. The proposal was delivered to the Board of Directors of CanniMed on November 13, 2017 and Aurora is seeking to pursue a mutually agreed upon combination with CanniMed. CanniMed has not yet engaged.....

Syngenta to step up investments in China

Syngenta plans to deploy more resources and collaboration in China's agricultural sector to diversify its product portfolio and offer customized solutions over the next five years, according to senior executives."We look forward to collaborating even more closely with scientific institutes in the country as.....

US: BrightFarms hires new head of greenhouse development

BrightFarms has hired Erik Lallum as Vice President of Design, Construction and Facilities. Lallum will be responsible for leading all greenhouse development, including real estate, design, engineering and construction. BrightFarms plans to open 15 new greenhouses across the U.S. in the next three.....

Total Produce acquires 50% of California based “The Fresh Connection”

Total Produce plc has announced that it has acquired a 50% equity stake in California based fresh produce company, The Fresh Connection, LLC.Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Lafayette, California, the produce export company saw sales of US$ 165 million in 2016.The Fresh Connection is engaged in the.....

Bulgaria: China-CEE e-trade hub for agricultural produce to open

A logistics hub for e-trade in agricultural produce between China and Central and East European (CEE) countries will open by the end of November in Plovdiv's Trakia Economic Zone. The Investments are mainly Chinese and more than 100 companies are expected to open their warehouses.This transpired during the.....

US (CA): Total Energy Group celebrates 30th anniversary

Last Friday the Carpinteria-based Total Energy Group celebrated its 30th anniversary in the presence of about 150 customers and industry friends. The company, once founded as Horticultural Labor Service by a few Dutchies, has grown from a local service company to one of the most important suppliers of.....

FormFlex celebrating 10 years in Mexico

This year Formflex is celebrating 10 years in Mexico supplying gutter systems. In those ten years the landscape of the Mexican greenhouse industry transformed form a market with strictly low tech to an industry that no longer shy away from installing high tech greenhouse technology.Formflex gutters at the.....

Italy: AgriControl combines retail needs and production management

Influenced by increasing consumer awareness, international agri-food markets are focusing more and more on food safety. What is more, EU policies have been pushing for years for stricter regulations to guarantee high-quality and healthy production cycles.European Directives are exactly what led to the.....

Inverca presents new logo at Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato

If you think about large scale plastic greenhouse projects in Central America, there is a good chance that the name Inverca will cross your mind. For more than 32 years, the Spanish family-owned company has been an important player in the field of large scale plastic greenhouse projects in this vibrant.....

Victorian vegetable grower Bill Bulmer elected as AUSVEG Chair

Third generation Victorian leafy vegetable grower Bill Bulmer has been unanimously elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair following a Board meeting held on Monday 13 November in Melbourne.Bill Bulmer is Director of Bulmer Farms, located in Lindenow in East Gippsland. Mr Bulmer is a long-serving member of.....

Ridder-HortiMaX opens new office in Mexico

On Thursday November 9th, the new HortiMaX office was opened in Santiago de Querétaro. 70 invited guests were there to share this moment. Opening of a new office underlines the importance of Mexico as a strategic country and opens a new period for Ridder-HortiMaX in Mexico.Santiago de QuerétaroHortiMaX has.....

NL: Jan Opschoor new managing director at Prominent

On 1 November, Jan Opschoor became the managing director at Prominent while also remaining the managing director at DOOR. Prominent is a cooperative made up of 29 tomato growers with a total of 365 hectares of tomato cultivation areas. Prominent's commercial activities have been handled by DOOR since this.....

Polish technology finds place in global horticulture market

While the Netherlands is often referred to as a major supplier of horticultural automation, companies in other countries are not afraid to introduce innovative technology at a rapid pace too. A good example is the Polish company Maryniaczyk. Since its creation in late 2005 by Mateusz Maryniaczyk, the company.....

Dutch Merlice grower more interested in coffee than tomatoes

Dutch grower Corné Zwinkels cultivates Merlice TOVs on 7.5 ha in Tinte. It is a modern, high greenhouse with a movable screen plus fixed foil during 6 weeks in winter. Corné has been involved with Next Generation Growing (NGG) courses for a couple of years, and this year, together with colleague growers, he.....

Fresh Produce Marketing's Lisa Cork joins PMA Board of Directors

With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing, Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors.Most recently a member of both the PMA’s Global Development.....

Maersk Line volume dropped in Q4 after cyber attack

Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line reported a profit of USD 220 million in the third quarter of the year, a major rebound when compared to the loss of USD 116 million reported in the corresponding period last year.The return to profit in Q3 was driven by the continuation of positive market.....

US (MO): Hummert presents 'Versatility in Hydroponics' class

Next week, November 17, Hummert will be organizing a special class with Brian Philips of Versaponics. It will be an introduction to hydroponic applications and how to choose a growing system for your needs. The talk will be followed by a hands-on session of propagation a stock-plant utilizing Versaponics’s.....

When horticultural knowledge is turned into philanthropy

Berger has compiled some of its wide expertise in 14 technical guides covering diverse horticultural subjects such as wood fiber, soil pH and tomato growing. These downloadable training guides for the grower community are always available free on the company website, but for Thanksgiving, Berger decided to.....

Canada: Pranger acquires Hydronov

Pranger Enterprises has acquired Canadian hydroponics designer and builder, Hydronov.Pranger Enterprises is an Indiana-based consultant and construction manager specializing in the development of commercial recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) projects in the U.S. Pranger works with project owners and.....

Dutch to drill 4000 meters deep for new geothermal project Trias Westland

Last week the drilling started for the new Dutch horticultural geothermal project Trias started. starts. The drill bit was initiated last Friday in the presence of, among others, participating companies, shareholders and local residents. Director of Marco van Soerland: "Six years after signing the agreement.....

Scotts Miracle-Gro announces fiscal 2017 results

ScottsMiracle-Gro announced fiscal 2017 financial results highlighted by record operating cash flow of $354 million as well as full-year sales growth of 5 percent driven by a 137 percent increase in revenue from The Hawthorne Gardening Company.For the year ended September 30, 2017, Company-wide reported net.....

Brown Grow opens U.S. subsidiary

In order to meet the increasing demand for local service and distribution of their coir growing media in the United States, Brown Grow announces the establishment of their latest U.S. subsidiary. From now on, the U.S. greenhouse industry can order directly from Brown Grow America LLC. This enable their.....

US: Greenspire Global & Helena sign distribution agreement

Greenspire Global has entered into a distribution agreement with Helena Chemical to sell Procidic bactericide and fungicide.In partnership with Helena’s head of research, Dave Cheetham, Greenspire Global conducted numerous in-house research trials validating the performance claims behind Procidic. The.....

Better quality grafts with vision technology:

Automated grafting no longer utopia

VIDEO Grafting of vegetable seeds can be quite a difficult task that requires a lot of precision and patience. While a lot of propagators still rely on physical human labour for this work, an increasing amount of growers are considering automating the work. Especially now that vision technology has become more.....

Large dutch strawberry growers adss greenhouse for blackberry crop

In addition to the 14 hectares of greenhouse strawberry cultivation in three locations, Jong Fruit from The Netherlands adds 2 more hectares of greenhouse blackberry cultivation to their assortment. "I see many similarities with the present blackberry cultivation and the strawberry cultivation of 25 years.....

UK: Levity CropScience appoints Egyptian distributor

Lancashire based Levity CropScience has significantly improved its prospects, as demand for its smart fertilisers increases, by appointing a distributor in Egypt, the largest agricultural market in North Africa.The Egyptian distributor, United Group of Agencies Agricultural Development Co, will market.....

15 finalists selected for first European FoodNexus Startup Challenge

The first edition of the European FoodNexus Startup Challenge is drawing towards an exciting conclusion; the 15 finalists are announced. These startups were selected out of more than 400 applications from across Europe. On December 13th, at the grand European Finals in the Dutch city of Wageningen, these.....

Greenbelt Microgreens installs supplemental LED lights

Heliospectra announces an order from new customer Greenbelt Microgreens. Canada’s largest microgreens producer with greenhouses in Ontario and British Columbia will deploy Heliospectra LX50 series with adjustable spectra and software controls for consistent year-round yields and superior crop quality. The.....

Accu-Power line from Birchmeier wins Taspo Award 2017

On October 27, the winners of this year's Taspo Awards were honored. Birchmeier Sprühtechnik AG received the coveted trophy in the "Innovative Product" category for its Accu-Power line. "We are very proud of this important award," says Jürg Zwahlen, owner of the company. "It shows once again that Birchmeier.....

Stolze debuts new corporate video

VIDEO It’s not easy becoming a specialist in installation technology. Stolze is proud of this and that is why they like to show it. In the new corporate video, they reveal in a few minutes what they have to offer.The corporate video is also made possible by Plantenkwekerij Vreugdenhil, P. van der Haak.....

US (NJ): IKEA & top chef David Chang round out financing for AeroFarms

AeroFarms closed $40 million in Series D financing led by an international line up of financing all-stars including Dubai-based Meraas Holdings, London-based ADM Capital, NYC-based AB (AllianceBernstein), and Netherlands-based Ikea Group with continuing support from existing investors including London-based.....

Brambles reports progress towards its 2020 Sustainability Goals

Brambles, the global supply-chain logistics company, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year (FY17). The Review includes updates on CHEP and IFCO’s sustainability programme and its progress towards its 2020 Sustainability Goals.These goals are based on the company’s Better.....

China and Saudi Arabia increase horticultural cooperation

China is on its way to become an increasingly important partner in many new potential economies. A recent meeting between King Saud University (KSU) and representatives of the Chinese greenhouse manufacturer Beijing Kingpeng International Hi-Tech CorporationMiddle East is also a result of the increasing.....

FMC completes transformative transactions with DuPont

FMC has completed the closing of its two pending transactions with DuPont. The companies signed a definitive agreement on March 31, 2017, and have now satisfied all necessary conditions and approvals. FMC has acquired the portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business it had to divest to comply with the.....

Max Saad new Director of Sales at RZH Canada Limited

RZH Canada Limited announces that Gus Mastronardi will no longer hold a sales position with the company. Gus has worked many years with RZH Canada and his service over the years has been much appreciated by both the company and the customers he served. We wish Gus every success and happiness in his future.....

NL: Growers from Voorne start local cooperative De Proefschuur

A total of fifty farmers and growers from the Dutch production region of Voorne-Putten have joined the marketing cooperative De Proefschuur. They want to make their products available on the island and, thanks to their own brand, achieve a better turnover."The Proefschuur is a cooperative of growers from.....

First greenhouse hops from The Westland

You hear that there is a shortage of hops, you have green fingers and you like beer. What are you going to do? Exactly, you get to work. Dutch tomato grower Joost van der Voort, together with product developer Bart van Meurs and greenhouse builder Hans Bransen, have cultivated hops in the Westland during the.....

Hillenraad accolades the 100 best performing Dutch hort companies

On Friday, 3 November, the 15th edition of the annual Hortigala was held in the Rivièra Hall at Blijdorp Rotterdam Zoo. The traditional highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Hillenraad100. As surprising new leader of the list, Koppert Biological Systems was invited onto the stage. For the.....

Maersk Container Industry appoints new CEO

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) announced today that it has appointed Sean S. Fitzgerald as Chief Executive Officer effective 1 January 2018.Maersk Container Industry develops and manufactures refrigerated containers, dry containers and the Star Cool refrigeration machine for the global intermodal industry.....

NL: Prominent to start with snack tomatoes in 2018

Dutch tomato specialist,Prominent will enter the snack tomato sector next year. "It has become a substantial retail sector, and clients often ask us for this product", says Prominent's Gert-Jan van der Meer. "Prominent already supplies a wide variety of tomatoes, and this is an opportunity to further expand.....

DowDuPont files historical pro forma financial statements

DowDuPont filed historical unaudited pro forma financial statements that give effect to the Merger Transaction, provide quarterly pro forma financial information aligned to DowDuPont’s new reportable segments and incorporate reporting practices that provide additional visibility into the underlying.....

Cinven to acquire a majority stake in berry group Planasa for €450 million

International private equity firm, Cinven, has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Planasa, a global operator in the agri-food sector, for a consideration of approximately €450 million.Planasa specialises in plant research, nursery and fresh produce. Alexandre Darbonne, CEO and current owner.....

Spain: Warehouse and several greenhouses in Almeria caught fire

An agricultural warehouse and a nearby group of greenhouses in an area located between Retamar and Cabo de Gata caught fire and twelve firefighters from Almeria had to come to the area to extinguish it; a task that was completed at 22:30 on Monday.As pointed out to Europa Press by sources of the unified.....

GrowX Amsterdam:

Yes, vertical farming can pay the bills

Last week saw the opening of GrowX Amsterdam. With 200 square meters of vertical farming space, it is the first large commercial urban farm operating in the Netherlands. Founder John Apesos was eager to provide us with a tour around the pink venture that is currently supplying an impressive selection of.....

President Kiska visits Koppert Slovakia

The bumblebee rearing facility at Koppert Slovakia received a visit by the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, on Tuesday. President Kiska was on a working tour of the region’s top employers.President Kiska was given a tour of the Koppert production facility which annually rears more than a million.....

UK-Dutch university partnership "going from strength to strength"

A partnership between Harper Adams University and a Dutch counterpart is blossoming, with ten students from the Netherlands having graduated from postgraduate courses at Harper and many more now seeking opportunities to continue their education in the UK. Harper Adams University and HAS University of Applied.....

US (CA): MedMen gets new headquarters

Marking MedMen's growth in recent years, the cannabis firm has moved its headquarters to a new 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building in Culver City.The office space was created internally by MedMen's design team led by the Firm's co-founder Andrew Modlin. It sports clear lines, the company's.....