Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Christ Monden, De Kruidenaer, about growing on water:

"Compare systems and take blow molding seriously"

Hydroponic cultivation is taking off. It is a development that started not so long ago. Christ Monden from De Kruidenaer grows on water. His tip for other growers: "Compare systems and take blow molding very seriously. Then the benefits will automatically become clear." Advantages which Bas Dirven,…

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Sri Lanka: Fibredust factory awarded SA8000 certification

Fibredust announces that company owned factory, SP Matpol in Sri Lanka, has received SA8000 certification. SA8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the…

Can California cherries be protected against rain events?

In the past week, California cherry trees have been hammered with rain. It’s a disaster for cherry growers as it causes the cherries to split. Although it is unusual for California to receive so much rain this time of year, it is a global development as cherry growers in Italy, Greece and Chile have been…

Fluence goes Europe

Fluence by Osram LED horticultural lighting has been launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), supported by an experienced team of technical advisers to help growers produce the best crops possible to meet market demands in the region. The move follows Osram’s acquisition last year of Fluence Bioengineering. “The…

Tomato grower launches sale of crate plunger for the prevention of ToBRFV

As a grower, what do you do when you devise and develop an innovative solution for an everyday problem in the greenhouse? Then you could keep it to yourself, but you could also share it with your peers. Geert De Breuck decided to do the latter with the crate plunger that he initially developed for…

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US: Profile Products hires national sales manager for horticulture

Profile Products has announced the hiring of Ken Fisher as a national sales manager. Fisher will focus on growing sales, building awareness, securing key accounts and strengthening customer relationships in the horticulture market. “Ken is a proven performer in the areas of process engineering, product…

Vertical farming techniques used to grow insects

Antoine Hubert never expected to become a chief executive. Certainly not back in the days when he was bass guitarist in the experimental heavy metal band Stale Fish, which mixed traditional French accordion music with tortured guitar riffs. When Hubert chose agronomy over music as a career, setting up a…

Plastic-free packaging for mini cucumbers

Wijnen Square Crops has new packaging for their brand of mini cucumbers, which are called BoostyBites. The packaging has been designed in such a way that no plastic is used when the product is in stores. Sales manager Jarno Houben proudly hands over the first plastic-free packaging to fresh produce…

Expansion plans for year-round raspberry grower

While the North American raspberry season heads northwards, one company is continuing its year-round production in Mexico. Meridian Fine Foods is a grower, packer and shipper of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, as well as offering avocados and mangos. The company produces…

Greece: Hydroponic workshops launched in Corfu

Hydro Fresh Produce announces the launch of Hydroponic Workshops in sunny Corfu, Greece. The workshops will take place at their hydroponic farm in central Corfu, Greece. The farm is located just 5 km from Corfu International Airport and 7km from the historic UNESCO city centre. Accommodation is available…

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UK’s first SmartHort Centres to address labour challenges

To help growers address the challenges around labour and its rising cost, AHDB Horticulture has announced that two businesses will become the UK’s first Strategic SmartHort Centres. Lincolnshire based propagators, Volmary Ltd, and Herefordshire fruit growers, Haygrove Ltd, have now been confirmed as…

UK: Lightening energy costs for vertical farms

A year ago, Octopus Energy launched Agile Octopus. The half-hourly tariff has demonstrated significant impact, with consumers shifting their consumption away from peak times - reducing the strain on the grid, lowering carbon emissions and saving customers money. In the same year, Octopus Energy for…

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UK: Lightening energy costs for vertical farms

A year ago, Octopus Energy launched Agile Octopus. The half-hourly tariff has demonstrated significant impact, with consumers shifting their consumption away from peak times - reducing the strain on the grid, lowering carbon emissions and saving customers money. In the same year, Octopus Energy for…

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Ion-specific cultivation with sensors and Basis for Fertilization Advice

"Precision fertilization is improving"

Precise fertilization that meets the needs of the crop requires two things: you have to know the optimal fertilization of the crop, and you require a continuous insight in the actual fertilization condition. In both fields important steps are being taken at the moment. The project Ion-specific…

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"Australia easing its GMO regulation puts the EU’s restrictive approach on the spot"

On July 25th of 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that organisms obtained by modern forms of mutagenesis are GMO. Hence, any organism obtained by means of a New Breeding Technique (NBT) that applies muta­genesis are automatically classified as a Genetically Modi­fied Organism…

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Tomato grower launches sale of crate plunger for the prevention of ToBRFV

As a grower, what do you do when you devise and develop an innovative solution for an everyday problem in the greenhouse? Then you could keep it to yourself, but you could also share it with your peers. Geert De Breuck decided to do the latter with the crate plunger that he initially developed for…

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New double-ended lamps for plant growth

Ushio America introduces new 600W DE HPS and DE MH lamps to its Hilux Gro professional-grade horticulture series. Specifically designed and rated for use in open fixtures, these 600W DE lamps are optimized to run on 600W electronic ballasts. Growers can maximize potential in smaller spaces or increase…

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Plastic-free packaging for mini cucumbers

Wijnen Square Crops has new packaging for their brand of mini cucumbers, which are called BoostyBites. The packaging has been designed in such a way that no plastic is used when the product is in stores. Sales manager Jarno Houben proudly hands over the first plastic-free packaging to fresh produce…

Swedish meal boxes will no longer feature flown-in products

Starting in August 2019, meal box supplier Middagsfrid, part of Axfood, will no longer use products that were supplied via air freight. “Our customers increasingly attach great importance to sustainability and the environment. That’s why our recipes are made based on fresh products that were preferably…

New sustainable bag closure introduced

Kwik Lok Corporation announced it has introduced Eco-Lok, a bag closure made with sustainable materials, the first step in the company’s drive to reduce its environmental…

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why Prominent thinks differently

"Bulk is seen as uninspiring, of mediocre quality and cheap"

Competition in horticulture is fierce. Whereas before lowering your cost price was key, the focus has shifted to adding value in the last couple of years. "Finding a niche", is something growers were urged to do often, as well as staying away from bulk. The team from the Dutch growers organisation,…

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Sri Lanka: Fibredust factory awarded SA8000 certification

Fibredust announces that company owned factory, SP Matpol in Sri Lanka, has received SA8000 certification. SA8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the…

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U.S. organic sales broke through $50 billion mark in 2018

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released Friday by the Organic Trade Association. New records were made in both the…

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Environmental Protection Agency alarmed at releases in Sanger

EPA: Del Monte Fresh Produce fined for ammonia release in California

Del Monte Fresh Produce in Sanger has reached a settlement for ammonia release and emergency response violations, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The EPA says Del…

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Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup case

An Alameda jury in the case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Company returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of a husband and wife with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ordering…

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March 3-5, Dubai

UAE: AgraME launches AgraTech to showcase tech innovations in Agribusiness

AgraME has recently introduced ‘AgraTech’ – A platform for the display of technological advancements to the regional market and to promote knowledge sharing between global and local industry leaders. With a variety of innovative products and services now available, including cloud solutions, farm…

Greece: Hydroponic workshops launched in Corfu

Hydro Fresh Produce announces the launch of Hydroponic Workshops in sunny Corfu, Greece. The workshops will take place at their hydroponic farm in central Corfu, Greece. The farm is located just 5 km from Corfu International Airport and 7km from the historic UNESCO city centre. Accommodation is available…

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Groceries delivered when you're away thanks to mini-fridge

The French startup, Foodconect, has just designed the first connected outdoor fridge which allows for shopping to be delivered while you’re away. This mini-fridge exists in…

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Christ Monden, De Kruidenaer, about growing on water:

"Compare systems and take blow molding seriously"

Hydroponic cultivation is taking off. It is a development that started not so long ago. Christ Monden from De Kruidenaer grows on water. His tip for other growers: "Compare systems and take blow molding very seriously. Then the benefits will automatically become clear." Advantages which Bas Dirven,…

Vertical farming techniques used to grow insects

Antoine Hubert never expected to become a chief executive. Certainly not back in the days when he was bass guitarist in the experimental heavy metal band Stale Fish, which mixed traditional French accordion music with tortured guitar riffs. When Hubert chose agronomy over music as a career, setting up a…

Automated mushroom farms are the neon-colored future of urban farming

If you find yourself sitting at the bar in The Standard’s East Village location, it’s inevitable that your eyes will be drawn to the bright blue boxes installed high above the shelves of liquor bottles. Giving off an aquarium-like glow, these tanks are home not to exotic fish but to some of the most…

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HortiDaily starts MMJDaily.com

Normally we’re happy to publish all the news from the horticultural industry. Today we’ve got news for you. Our newest publication MMJDaily.com will be launched today! This publication is all about…

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