Year Overview January

The sky is the limit

In the first month of 2020, few people could have guessed what a crazy year it would become. It seemed that the sky was the limit, with lots of cultivation companies expanding around the world, and plenty of suppliers looking forward to further growth.

And it may be hard to believe, but trade shows were actually held in 2020, in a time before social distancing and face masks would impose a new reality. Novelties were on show at the International Soft Fruit Conference, the Sival in France, and the IPM Essen.

growing tomatoes and berries in the subtropics
The rise of of tech giant Panasonic in greenhouse horticulture
Tomatoes and strawberries are difficult to grow in hot and humid subtropical regions. Panasonic and several other companies took on the challenge of growing delicious tomatoes…

UAE: Pure Harvest to add berries and lettuce
Ever since they started harvesting their first tomatoes in November 2018, the team with Pure Harvest has been battling the temperatures in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that reach up to 53…

US (HI): Hydroponic greenhouse farm ready for commercial harvest
Sprinkling over red dirt that was once part of the most productive pineapple plantation in the world may not seem like the way to start a positive transformation of…

Little Leaf Farms to double again in 2020
US: Greenhouse leafy green growers maximize opportunities
An increasing interest from consumers in local produce as well as growing concerns over food safety are two trends leading to increased opportunities for greenhouses growing…

Southern California home to new 16 acre leafy greens greenhouse
Revol Greens, working with technology greenhouse grown lettuce and greens based in Minnesota, has entered into an agreement with Equilibrium to develop a 16-acre advanced…

US (CT): Hydroponic greenhouse project to bring locals food and jobs
A new greenhouse facility will come to Torrington, CT - in addition to providing fresh, local, pesticide-free produce to residents of New England, it will also offer something…

tomatoes and microgreens under LED
5,000 square metre indoor farm under construction in Abu Dhabi
A commercial-scale tomato indoor farm using only LED lights to grow fresh tomatoes will begin operation in Abu Dhabi later this year, as part of Madar Farms’ investment in a…

CAN (ON): Unprecedented greenhouse growth shows no signs of slowing down
After an unusual slowdown, hundreds of acres of vegetable greenhouses with a construction value of up to $420 million are expected to be added this year and next in the…

dozens of greenhouses being realized nearby Shanghai
"With an ROI of 3-5 years, Venlo Greenhouses are only built with strong financial backing"
“In Shanghai, there’s huge consumer demand for cherry tomatoes, but due to the limited acreage in an around the city only about 20 per cent of the demand can be filled in by…

US (OH): Great Lakes Growers increasing production capacity to 260,000 square feet
Great Lakes Growers, a hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, have broken ground on another 100,000 square foot expansion on the…

Bringing research and market together in new Syngenta demo greenhouse
Three weeks ago the new demo greenhouse of Syngenta was filled with plants. The 1.4 hectare greenhouse is now a place where the Syngenta tomato and pepper varieties are…

Dutch greenhouses to be erected in Almaty
Kazakhstan has a challenging climate for greenhouse construction. With hot summers and extremely cold winters, the country needs highly divergent technical capabilities. For…

US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030
The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables,…

Massimo Lucchini opens
Photo report: New techniques shown in Italian Greenhouse Park
Want to learn more about horticulture? Want to compare different techniques? Want to decide what greenhouse suits you best? Taking a trip to Italy might be the answer. The…

Over 500 employees will be needed. Launch is planned for October 2020.
Russia: 40 ha greenhouse with Turkish investments built near Novomichurinsk
Turkish investors are constructing in major greenhouse complex in Pronsy region in Russia. Upon the results of a meeting of the investors (representatives of companies…

Two million pounds of local produce to be grown annually
US (PA): BrightFarms opens 280,000 sq.ft. greenhouse
BrightFarms opened its largest greenhouse this week. The new 280,000 sq. ft. farm in Selinsgrove, Pa. will deliver over 2 million pounds of fresh, local produce year-round in…

Investors include ValueAct Capital, Equilibrium, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Blake Griffin Enterprises
AppHarvest closes $11 million funding round, bringing total investment to $120 million
AppHarvest has closed an $11 million corporate funding round, as it expands operations to support indoor farms across Central Appalachia. The company’s first project — a…

Netafim expands South African office
Netafim South Africa recently expanded its footprint in the northern regions of the country when it expanded its Nelspruit office with a new office and warehouse. This move…

"drawn together by a passion for innovation and customer focus"
Legro acquires 50% stake in Botanicoir
Two producers in the substrate industry will join forces. The Dutch substrate producer and supplier Legro has purchased 50% shares in Botanicoir, the British/Sri Lankan coir…

Priva launches Phil: growing services
“The program is doing something that a person cannot"
Using data in the greenhouse is an important topic these days. As Meiny Prins, CEO with Priva, shared today, the company has decided to expand their hardware business and help…

Meiny Prins, Priva, ready for new future:
"With our new direction we want to answer grower's questions more clearly"
After 60 years of active service in the horticultural industry as a producer, Priva is ready to pivot into a new direction. Since 2015 the company has been slowly preparing…

Video Horconex celebrates New Year in new HQ
"Is everyone in?", Director Cees van Uffelen asked on Friday afternoon around half past three. This was followed by chuckling, because the party location in the brand-new…

Martin Stolze renews partnership with AgriNomix in USA
Martin Stolze b.v. is excited to announce their renewed partnership in North America with AgriNomix. AgriNomix is now officially the preferred dealer for Martin Stolze b.v. in…

Enza Zaden and Isolagrande
Italian Dutch collaboration in high-end tomatoes
Isolagrande is a vegetable production company that focuses on high-end tomatoes. They grow, select, pack and sell fresh produce. Their total production area is 65 ha. 45 ha of…

UK’s largest tomato supplier gets £25m bespoke funding package
Specialist SME lender Shawbrook Bank has successfully completed its largest ever working capital transaction in the North West, providing APS Group with a £25m bespoke funding…

Klasmann-Deilmann and Shakti Cocos cooperate
The Klasmann-Deilmann Group is entering into a strategic partnership with Shakti Cocos B.V. The Dutch-based company is transferring international distribution rights for…

photo report International Soft Fruit Conference:
Video Hydroponic soft fruit cultivation keeps on growing
Security in supply, safely grown produce, better labor conditions, better quality produce, and product when the open field product is out of season. There are tons of reasons…

Video Photo report: French horticultural industry unites at Sival 2020
The French fresh produce market is a special market. It's a market where emotions and sentiments play an important role, although the French also have an eye for the business…

IPM Essen 2020: eins, zwei ...
Day one is over and day two is underway at the IPM in Essen. Plenty of (floriculture) companies will be walking around with an extra big smile at the fair today after having…

because of Corona virus
Chinese companies confirm not attending Fruit Logistica
Even though the WHO is still confident in the approach of China’s government, in recent days, a number of European airlines, including Lufthansa, British…

“There is a lack of unity in organizations, but the field is united”
Produce thrown away in Almeria due to low prices
On Wednesday January 8, 2020, eggplants and tomatoes have been thrown away in La Cañada, Almería. “Eggplant and tomato continue to lose value. The Moroccan production is…

Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops
Storm Gloria causes major damage to Murcian and Valencian agriculture
Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall. Photo: Proexport The abundant water covering part of the…

Miguel López, of Costa de Níjar: "We have lost 50% of the eggplant production"
1,000 hectares of greenhouses affected by hail in Almeria
The Spanish horticultural region Almería has been hit by severe hail storms. First estimates say 1,000 hectares of greenhouses were affected, of what 10 to 200 per cent is…

Solidarity drives the reconstruction of greenhouses in Almeria
This weekend, people have worked hard in the field, but not to sow or to harvest. On Saturday and Sunday, many volunteers from different places went to Campohermoso and Níjar…

In Memory of Jan Wybrand Tuinstra
Jan Wybrand Tuinstra passed away on December 21, 2019. Jan spent years shaping Delphy Agro Consultores Latino America. Delphy pays tribute to Jan. The…

Seed industry pioneer JanWillem Breukink passes away
JanWillem Breukink passed away on Saturday 4 January. He had been ill for quite some time. Since 1978 JanWillem Breukink made a major contribution to the development of the…

In memoriam Hennie Tesselaar
On January 12th Hennie Tesselaar passed away. Hennie was project manager at Proeftuin Zwaagdijk. The company commemorates his passing. "The message that our employee and colleague…


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