Year Overview November 16-30

Taking stock of market developments

The second half of November saw plenty of developments in the market: takeovers, a booming horticulture market in China, and tomatoes really took the limelight. Let's take one more look in our penultimate year overview of 2020.

Visitors of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai welcome the YOOM tomatoes with interest
Purple YOOM tomatoes are about to enter the Chinese market
They are purple and shiny and gained a lot of attention at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai. From the middle of November they'll enter the Chinese market…

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NZ tomato industry sees growth potential in greenhouse vegetable growing
The New Zealand market is an interesting one. Ever since the nineties the production of fresh tomatoes has shifted indoors and the market is quite isolated. This provides…

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group,
"Chinese horticulture currently goes through a similar development as the internet did in 2002"
It's not everyday that one of the biggest entrepreneurs of the world enters a greenhouse and when Jack Ma did, there for sure was a lot of attention for it. No wonder -…

"Demand for high quality substrates growing in China"
While the demand for high-quality horticultural substrates has never been greater, growers are increasingly interested in locally sourced and ecofriendly products.…

Cucumbers traded at € 0.16 on average and plain tomatoes at € 0.14
Destruction of vegetables in Almería due to the fall in prices this past week
A year has almost passed since the great demonstrations of the agricultural sector in Almería, in which they asked for solutions to the structural crisis and for the prices of…

Peter Parms, Rotom Tomatoes:
"Coronavirus has turned tomato market upside down"
The tomato market is quiet. Sales to the hotel and catering industry have largely disappeared in many countries, which means that exports are at a standstill. “The UK and…

market analyst Hans Verwegen, Enza Zaden:
The impact of the coronavirus on society, consumption, sales channels and supply chain
“The coronavirus is a disruptive phenomenon,” says market analyst Hans Verwegen. “Trends that were always perceived as relatively stable have been or are being broken. We need…

Ronald Hoek, Blue Radix:
"AI with a human touch is the golden combination"
Cultivation management in the greenhouse is becoming increasingly complex. How do you turn this challenge into opportunities? Blue Radix rises to the challenge and adds…

Horticoop in transformation: “We will take on the role of investment and development fund"
The Dutch horticultural cooperation Horticoop expects to formalize the transition, which began this year, by the end of the year. In close consultation with the growers, the…

private equity Victus Participations participates in both
Taks Handling Systems takes over Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility
Taks Handling Systems, located in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, has taken over all shares of Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility in Asten. This is an important step in the company's…

for further growth within the horticulture greenhouse market
Kind Technologies acquires Martin Stolze
High-tech scale-up, Kind Technologies, has expanded its position in the horticulture greenhouse market by acquiring Martin Stolze B.V., an international specialist in the…

Japanese ag-tech giant in the making
Japan: Mitsui invests in Dutch breeding company Totam
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has reached an agreement to take a 75% stake in Totam Seeds B.V. and signed a share purchase agreement on November 25, 2020. Totam originates from…

Syngenta to introduce
Commercial tomato variety with ToBRFV resistance to be offered in early 2021
Syngenta Vegetable Seeds today announced the launch of its first commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant variety, available in early 2021. The new…

Vilmorin-Mikado on their leafy range adapted to hydroponic cultivation
"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"
With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in…

Grahame Dunling

Mr. Salad goes 'back to the future'
You may know him as Mr. Salad, although his real name is Grahame Dunling. He's earned his nickname for good reason though, with a career spanning decades in the horticulture…


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