Year overview August

Deal or no deal?

In August, we zoomed in on the Russian greenhouse industry, which experienced healthy growth as of late. But August was also a month of spilling ink: plenty of contracts were signed to build new projects, including a large Sunset project in the Middle East. Good news also came in the form of another deal: the US and Mexico concluded a new Tomato Suspension Agreement. 


6 ha project brings high-tech strawberry cultivation to Russia
In the south of Russia, a six-hectare high-tech strawberry greenhouse is currently being constructed. Yuriy Bondariev, operation director and senior agronomist with Stavropol…


Russia's greenhouse vegetable production up 65% since import ban five years ago
Exactly 5 years ago today Russia imposed an embargo on a wide range of imports from the EU and other countries. This embargo included greenhouse vegetables. Ever since, the…


Russian growth
“Another 260 hectare of greenhouses planned in 2019”
“The greenhouse industry in the Russian Federation has demonstrated a significant growth during the past 5 years, due in no small part to the boycott,” says Elvira…


Kazakhstan: New tomato greenhouse soon to be launched in Ekibastuz
A new greenhouse complex for growing tomatoes will soon be opened in Ekibastuz. It will be the third greenhouse constructed next to Ekibastuz regional power station. The…


Agro-Inwest reaches 100 hectare acreage
"Growing in terms of acreage and quality"
When hearing about the 105-hectare greenhouse project operated by Agro-Inwest, it’s hard to realize that the first crop of the company only got planted in 2014. The rapidly…


UK tomato grower Mill Nurseries set for 8 acre expansion
One of the UK's biggest tomato growers is preparing for a multi-million pound expansion of its East Yorkshire facility. Mill Nurseries, in Keyingham, now supplies over 100…


GIVE Partnership
Mastronardi and DeJoria start greenhouse partnership in Middle East
Mastronardi Produce, North American grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and John Paul DeJoria have selected the Middle East as the first market in which to develop…


CAN (ON): Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms
Mucci Farms has announced that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities,…


Christian Drechsler, Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler:
Photo report: growing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers in 8.5 ha greenhouse
"We have had greenhouses since 1973 and we were one of the first horticultural companies in Bavaria that switched to growing in substrate gutters," says Christian Drechsler of…


Visiting Jochen Haubner at Haubner Gemüsebau:
"We are selling ourselves short"
In the German food industry, a trend can be seen: Large farms take over small-scale family farms in many places or displace them. "That was already the case with the bakeries…


UK: Tangmere Airfield Nurseries is celebrating 30-years of production this year
Back in 1989, they began with just one glasshouse of 7.5 acres, and a team of fifteen. Fast-forward thirty years and the business has grown ten-fold to 75 acres of…

Shares of Greenyard at lowest level ever
Hein Deprez production companies in trouble as well; 53 million euro depreciation
Due to rising debts, the production companies of Hein Deprez, united in holding De Weide Blik, are in trouble. The problems make it difficult for the…


ToBRFV update: Exit Germany, enter China
In Germany, Tomato brown rugose fruit virus was first observed in 2018 in several tomato greenhouses in North Rhine-Westphalia. The sources of these infections are unknown,…


Uncertainty prompting some tomato growers to leave US market
With US regulators changing stance on whether or not to apply tariffs on Mexican fruit and vegetables, as well as the uncertainty regarding the Tomato Suspension Agreement,…


US and Mexico reach agreement on tomato imports
The US and Mexico have reached an agreement on the Mexican tomato export. Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez says that the renewal of the agreement will suspend the…


industry responses
Almost everybody is happy with the new Tomato Suspension Agreement
On August 20th Mexican tomato growers and the United States Department of Commerce reached a new agreement regarding Mexican tomato export. The agreement includes the proposal…

Tributes paid to Canadian grower Stéphane Roy
After it became clear last month that Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec tomato growing company Savoura, and his teenage son Justin did not survive a…

In memory of Mario Scherpenzeel
With the deepest of regret, Ridder has learned that our much-loved colleague Mario Scherpenzeel sadly passed away Saturday July 20th. After a short period of illness, Mario died as…


Crop Trust remembers Tim Fischer, former Executive Board Chair
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of the former Executive Board Chair of the Crop Trust and long-time agrobiodiversity advocate, Tim Fischer AC. Tim…


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