Year overview July

Reflecting on European market dynamics

July is traditionally the month of Cultivate, but there was lots of market-related news from across the pond as well. In addition to trials and tribulations in the market, European growers had plenty to look forward to, with several new projects being kicked off. This good news was sadly overshadowed, however, by the reports of Stéphane Roy and his son going missing during a helicopter flight. A massive rescue mission was undertaken, but unfortunately the two were not found alive.

Ángel García and Pedro Fernández: "The auction model still has a lot to offer in the pepper market"
"There are important changes underway in Murcia's pepper production"
Murcia's peppers appear to be gaining an increasingly large market share when Almería's season comes to an end. This can be thanked to the filling of market gaps and the…

UK: Protected vegetable production down for third year in a row
The UK Government has released horticulture statistics over 2018. These statistics cover area, production, value, imports and exports of horticulture crops from 1985 to 2018.…

Florian Wolz about investing in German greenhouse horticulture
"Regional German growers get strong competition"
When it comes to greenhouse vegetables, the German sales collective, Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland, competes directly with Dutch products. Florian Wolz is the Manager at this…

“The Spaniards are currently laughing themselves silly”
Do high Spanish auction prices make Dutch tomato growers think?
Why do Dutch growers not sell at least some of their tomatoes in Spain? Wim Grootscholte has been asking himself this for a while now. Especially now that he is visiting Spain…

Debate over heated greenhouses heats up in France
France: No more organic greenhouse crops in winter
Growing organic vegetables in a heated greenhouse. According to various French organizations this is a complete contradiction, but according to the European organic…

ToBRFV confirmed in UK greenhouse
Symptoms of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) have been reported for the first time in a UK tomato crop. Confirmed by laboratory testing, the outbreak has been…

Photo report Hort Connections 2019
Hort Connection 2019 took place in Melbourne last week with a record number of stand holders and delegates. 195 companies exhibited at the trade fair and over 3300 delegates…

most successful event ever
Photo report: Protected Cropping Australia Conference
Nicky Mann, Chair of Protected Cropping Australia, promised their biannual conference would be the best one yet and one week after the show it can be concluded…

Photo report: Cultivate 2019
Although some exhibitors had the feeling the 2019 Cultivate show was slightly slower than it was last year, the event remains one of the best to meet up with suppliers active…

“It should be functional, but it definitely should also be beautiful”
Belgium: Construction commences on 9,500 sq mt. rooftop greenhouse
“Did everyone arrive at the top safely?” Not the most common question when visiting the construction site of a greenhouse. Yet it was a logical question after about 60 people…

Germany: Three energy sources for new organic Steiner greenhouse
Peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes - all grown following the German organic rules, without the use of CO2 and on an acreage of six hectares. That's the new BIOhof Kirchweidach…

opening All Climate Greenhouse
A greenhouse within a greenhouse to research all climates in a greenhouse
To research the behaviour of a greenhouse in a certain climate, you need to simulate the climate outside the greenhouse. And what better way to do that than... a greenhouse? A… 

"In a few years, hydroponics lettuces will be grown commercially"
Emsland Gemüse GmbH relies on high-tech cultivation technology
Emsland Gemüse GmbH based in Emsbüren has been successfully using modern production ways for modern, high-quality greenhouse products for many years. The high-tech producer…

Over years, Casey Houweling called on his inventivity
"We were never afraid to take risks"
Innovating is beautiful, but it does not always happen because often there is no real necessity. That necessity was there for the American grower Casey Houweling, as he told…

CAN (QC): Savoura president and son missing after helicopter flight
Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec company Savoura, and his teenage son are missing following a helicopter flight in northern Quebec. In a brief…

Search still on for Stéphane Roy and son
Since Stéphane Roy, founder of Les Serres Sagami (which markets tomatoes under the Savoura and Sagami brands), and his son went missing after a helicopter flight last week, no…

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