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Year overview March

New market opportunities

March was a bit of a quiet month, but there was still plenty to write about, with new markets opening up around the world. Take Vietnam, for example, where we visited the HortEx. Meanwhile, North American companies explored new ventures, and some companies from outside the industry showed interest in horticulture, with Singapore Airlines sourcing produce from a vertical farm, and Ikea harvesting its first indoor-grown lettuce.

Bert Mucci:
“We are exploring locations for further expansion in the US”
After commencing operations at their new USA Headquarters in Huron, Ohio mid last year, Mucci Farms is reporting a successful start to the venture. The entire project encompasses 75 acres of greenhouses including a 70,000 square foot distribution facility. The first phase is complete and operational while…

American LED supplier to enter European market
They’re well-known in the US, being one of the key players in horticultural lighting there – but in the Netherlands and Europe they are relatively unknown. Timo Bongartz is looking to change that. The new EMEA manager for Fluence by Osram explains to us how the company will expand in these new markets. Timo Bongartz on the…

Photo report: HortEx Vietnam 2019
Imagine a country with a horticultural background, plenty of labour available, over 95 million inhabitants for the local market and many more countries nearby willing to buy produce. On top of that, the financial position of the residents is growing, as is the awareness of the importance of food safety. All…

Photo report: Global Berry Congress
The Global Berry Congress took place in Rotterdam earlier this week, with good international turnout and high quality speakers. The day's program featured speakers who spoke about re-shaping the future of the berry offer and opportunities in the different markets around the world. Click here for the photo…

VB: Building a sustainable future
What do Mighty Vine, a geothermal drilling project in the Westland and the pitch heating system at Man United have in common? The answer: they're all projects by Dutch company VB. Founded in the 1960s, it has developed into a well-known player in the international horticulture industry. Time for a…

Landgard partners in 330 hectare project
Hungarian agrifood megaproject to include 30 hectare greenhouse
A 30 hectare greenhouse park for cultivating peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and herbs. Another 50 hectares to grow asparagus and soft fruit outdoors. Processing & distribution facilities, family-friendly housing, a restaurant & shopping centre. And let's not forget the fish farm. All this is included…

Singapore Airlines to source produce from American vertical farm
Expanding on Singapore Airlines' “From Farm to Plane” concept introduced in 2017, which promotes environmental sustainability and supports local farming communities, SIA will be embarking on a new collaboration with AeroFarms, one of the world’s largest indoor vertical farms of its kind based in Newark,…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse
On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction progress on…

Ikea harvest first lettuce from stores Helsingborg and Malmö
We're not going to make jokes about putting your own salad together at Ikea, but it can be done from now on. The furniture giant has been growing lettuce in a container farm near their stores in Helsingborg and Malmo since early this year. Yesterday Catarina Englund, global sustainability innovation manager,…