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Friday, February 22, 2019

Swedish vertical farming company Plantagon International bankrupt

Another major vertical farming bankruptcy. This week, Plantagon International has been declared bankrupt. Cashflow problems turned out to be insurmountable for the Swedish company. Agritechture Plantagon International is headquartered in Stockholm and describes themselves as an Agritechture company. "Plantagon moves food…

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Italy: BASF opens new reseach & development centre

On 19th February 2019, BASF inaugurated a brand new high-tech research centre in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The centre extends over 13 hectare, counts three greenhouses, and it includes a phytopathology lab. Over 80 people will work here, 40 of which completely dedicated to research and development.  Click here for…

What will happen if the Tomato Suspension Agreement isn't renewed?

If the Tomato Suspension Agreement is not renewed before May 7, the almost 800 exporting producers of Mexican red tomatoes will have to pay temporary export bonds to ship the…

Werder Frucht GmbH brings three varieties of cucumbers onto the market

Cucumber harvest started at the Bralitz site last week

In the greenhouse in Bralitz (near Bad Freienwalde) in the state of Brandenburg, Werder Frucht GmbH has started harvesting its lettuces and mini cucumbers. This year, too, they expect a profitable and successful season. At the Bralitz site, cucumbers of the varieties "Prolog" and "Lausanna" are grown on…

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Explosion of a formic acid barrel in Dutch greenhouse

This Tuesday, a fire was reported in a pepper nursery in Bergschenhoek, Netherlands. However, it turned out not to be a fire, but a barrel of formic acid that exploded. The yellow smoke originated exactly from that. Around 12.30, employees of the pepper nursery heard a loud blast coming from somewhere near the boiler…

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox Jean-Pierre Schenkeveld about 10 years of Aardwarmte Plaza:

"Before the energy transition became a hot topic, geothermal energy was already on the agenda"

Nowadays no one is really surprised by the news about the drilling of a well to extract geothermal energy, but geothermal energy actually does not have such a long history at all in the Netherlands. Only in 2007 was the first well connected to tomato grower A & G van den Bosch from Bleiswijk. The company, where Jean-Pierre…

K is for Cucumbers

Cucumber plants, like all plants, require all the essential elements to complete its life cycle. However, cucumber plants are particularly “hungry” for potassium (K), they need more potassium than nitrogen to result in high yields. by Rosa Raudales & Richard McAvoy - greenhouse@uconn.edu In this e-GroEdible Alert, we cover the role of K in…

Recycling squared?

Recycling isn’t just the right thing to do. It makes sense for every business, no matter how large or small, to look for opportunities to minimise waste. Recycling within the business can reduce input and waste disposal costs. Occasionally an opportunity may arise to recycle waste into a new product or even a new business venture. But what…

Commercial Director Coert Rasenberg is leaving Royal Brinkman

After eight years of employment, Coert Rasenberg is going to stop as Commercial Director of Royal Brinkman on April 1st, 2019. After a successful and intensive period, Rasenberg is going to head into a new direction with his career.   Coert Rasenberg started as Director Sales at Royal Brinkman on August 1, 2011. Since 2014, he has been…

About 20% of German strawberries already from protected cultivation

German tunnel cultivation is developing at a rapid pace

Domestic strawberries from mid-April and into October; this can only be thanks to modern cultivation methods in film tunnels. Until about 15 years ago, the season for strawberries was relatively short. The weather had to cooperate, so that the fruits in the fields would be ripe in the spring. Foil covers…

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Glasshouse strawberries - a unique selling point for Aldi UK

Last year Aldi made a big deal of their first strawberries to go on sale  - but now they have broken their own record. Or, to put it another way, Springfield Nursery have broken…

Energy more »

Jean-Pierre Schenkeveld about 10 years of Aardwarmte Plaza:

"Before the energy transition became a hot topic, geothermal energy was already on the agenda"

Nowadays no one is really surprised by the news about the drilling of a well to extract geothermal energy, but geothermal energy actually does not have such a long history at all in the Netherlands. Only in 2007 was the first well connected to tomato grower A & G van den Bosch from Bleiswijk. The company, where Jean-Pierre…

UK: Biomethane from waste to supply 9,600 households with energy

In winter 2018, the German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower started building a biomethane plant near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK. The client is Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants. Tel Sultan, director of Lanes Farm Energy said “After in-depth discussions…

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UK: Sodium free and enhanced solubility formulation

Solufeed TEC (Trace Element Compound) was developed many years ago to provide growers with an effective, convenient and one-stop source of all six micronutrients. The product…

Breeding more »

Italy: BASF opens new reseach & development centre

On 19th February 2019, BASF inaugurated a brand new high-tech research centre in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The centre extends over 13 hectare, counts three greenhouses, and it includes a phytopathology lab. Over 80 people will work here, 40 of which completely dedicated to research and development.  Click here for…

Researchers find aromatic strawberry variety grows in South Florida

As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for local markets, UF researchers say. Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences with…

Machines more »

Machine for easy greenhouse treatments in small spaces

The implementation of treatments in greenhouses can be difficult, due to narrow aisles and the often limited available maneuvering space. That is why a new compact machine has been launched on the market, allowing its operator to easily make very narrow turns. One of the most important features of the Tizona 35, developed by the…

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King's College London

‘Blueberries can help lower blood pressure’

A new study published in the Journal of Gerontology Series A has found that eating 200 gr of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel…

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Knüppel Verpackung presents solution for online grocers

Everything freshly packed

Even if the huge boom in the online food trade is still to come, more and more providers are developing offers for grocery shopping on the net. With WrapPak Protector, Knüppel Verpackung GmbH & Co. is presenting a packaging solution at this year's Internet World Expo in Munich from 12 to 13 March, which will even bring…

Ultrasonics in favour as retailers move to recyclable films

Tesco has recently announced a switch to PE films for its organic bagged salads, as part of a group-wide pledge to make all of its packaging recyclable or compostable, and is…

Marketing more »

Shelf space for young growers at Dutch supermarkets

With the initiative ´Young farmer on the floor´, Albert Heijn is offering a stage for products from young Dutch growers and farmers. Four selected young farmers are given shelf space in four local Albert Heijn stores for a month. Among them potato growers & brothers Joris (23) and Geerd (25) from Lage Zwaluwe, North Brabant, who…

Substrates more »

Hort Americas and VegBed team up

"Sustainable medium to grow microgreens with"

Hort Americas and VegBed have announced a new partnership to offer microgreen farms a sustainable medium to grow with. The agreement complements the current growing media product lineup at Hort Americas and strengthens the distribution reach of VegBed’s sustainable microgreen mats. It will give farmers a new…

Organic more »

The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

Cooling more »

New cold store and cooking facility for Swedish vegetables

The new branch of cooperation Sydgrönt in an old Findus factory in Bjuv, Sweden, will enable growers to sell more vegetables. The factory has a surface area of 3,200 m2 and…

Food Safety more »

A guide to aquaponics food safety

Aquaponics, producing fish and vegetables in a closed-loop water system, reduces fertilizer use and water discharge, and is therefore promoted as a sustainable venture. But how about the food safety? Widely understood as one of the major challenges of the horticultural industry, there is not an univocal way to…

Health more »

Canada: Western Health initiative to foster fresh produce consumption

Some people in western Newfoundland are enjoying fresh, local vegetables in the dead of winter, thanks to a Western Health initiative to introduce hydroponics kits to community groups. "We know that vegetable and fruit consumption is really low in Newfoundland in general, and western Newfoundland particularly, so we're…

Events more »

Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar

PMA A-NZ will be hosting a Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar on March 13 at the Sydney Markets. The event will focus on the efforts being made to achieve the…

Retail more »

Glasshouse strawberries - a unique selling point for Aldi UK

Last year Aldi made a big deal of their first strawberries to go on sale  - but now they have broken their own record. Or, to put it another way, Springfield Nursery have broken…

Vertical farming more »

Swedish vertical farming company Plantagon International bankrupt

Another major vertical farming bankruptcy. This week, Plantagon International has been declared bankrupt. Cashflow problems turned out to be insurmountable for the Swedish company. Agritechture Plantagon International is headquartered in Stockholm and describes themselves as an Agritechture company. "Plantagon moves food…

Medicinal production more »

Sustainability and the cultivation of quality cannabis

Tantalus Labs grows at SunLab, one of the first commercial-scale cannabis greenhouses in North America. Since their inception in 2012, they’ve shared detailed information about their methodologies, unique growing processes and the resulting reduced environmental impact. "This commitment to transparency…

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