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special year overview August

Tomatoes for free in August






initiative goes viral
Pick up for free: 6 million snack tomatoes 
"Offered for free: six million snack tomatoes. The taste is perfect, but due to the ongoing heat they are slightly wrinkled and a bit dented. Therefore we cannot sell them under our Tommies brand, nor sell them to the supermarket. "

Tomato woes across European market 
Historically speaking tomato prices are not particularly good at the start of the European summer - but this summer it's a complete mess. Especially in the large segments of vine and loose tomatoes, the crisis is ongoing.

Producer Guangzhou Bobby Agriculture, China: 
"Sales of tomato specialities to Chinese consumers are rising, both offline and online"
In the Chinese city of Guangzhou, the company Guangzhou Bobby Agriculture Tec. Co. Ltd. grows Rijk Zwaan’s tomato specialities on 35 hectares. These tomato types are becoming increasingly popular among Chinese consumers. 

Sweden: Former wood factory transformed into vertical farm 
In a former factory hall in Tibro the growers of Ljusgårda AB are preparing to harvest the first crops from their vertical towers. The company has been realizing their indoor farm to offer customers sustainable and locally produced vegetables. 


UAE: Plenty builds 200,000 sq.ft. vertical farm in the desert 
Plenty plans to start selling locally grown produce, including kale and other leafy greens, to communities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai early next year.Last year’s $200 million investment in Plenty marked Masayoshi Son's first bet on agriculture. 

Canadian greenhouse cucumber supply strained
Greenhouse cucumber production has been challenged in many regions as hot weather hits key growing areas around the world. Even in Canada, it has been very warm, affecting both volume as well as quality.


First plants in Pure Harvest Smart Farms’ desert greenhouse 
Two milestones for the team of Pure Harvest this week. "We've successfully commissioned our first greenhouse and planted our first crop", Co-founder & CEO Sky Kurtz tells us. 

Fritz Meier, Gebrüder Meier:
"Returns of mobile gutter system exceeds our expectations" 
Fritz Meier from Gebrüder Meier Gemüsekulturen AG in Dällikon, Switzerland, runs a horticultural company together with his brother and sister. It’s about 100 hectares of open fields and 10 hectares of greenhouses. 


Lian Price, LaManna Premier Group 
"It was a challenge to keep up with the chopper" 
“At the LaManna Premier Group, an Australian fresh produce company the first crop rotation of tomatoes has finished at the group’s Lancaster’s retractable roof greenhouse located in Victoria’s Goulbourn Valley. This season they used their new Weterings Super Bio Chopper for the first time.


tropical climate 
“Larger widths possible with new greenhouse design" 
More volume, increased light, a higher load support and a better resistance for enhanced performance. In a nutshell, that's what the new Greenpush Plastic multispan greenhouses provide. "The new design of the tubes and posts makes the difference", Corenthin (Felix) Chassouant of CMF Groupe Asia-Pacific says.

Photo report Horti Asia Bangkok
The development of the Southeast Asian horticultural industry is in full swing. While Thai growers have been in touch with greenhouse techniques for over a decade now, growers from other countries are also getting more and more interested in opportunities to improve their growing business. 

"Grower becoming more of an entrepreneur"
"Also in Thailand growers are increasingly becoming entrepreneurs." This is according to Thomas Ruijter with Agri Solutions Asia. Fifteen years ago, Thomas and his companion Menno Keppel left for Thailand to start their technique supply company. 


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