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Special Year Overview 2019

Year overview November 16-30

Protests, expansions and anniversaries, oh my!

In the second half of November, the torrent of expansions showed no signs of letting up. But a lot more happened during those two weeks. There were the protests in Almeria, a number of companies celebrated anniversaries, and there were several trade shows. And again, there was plenty of ToBRFV news, and…

Year overview November 1-15

November rain of expansions

Rain in November is nothing special, but the weather report for the first half of November was something else: it positively rained expansions, with a 50-hectare greenhouse planned in Iceland, Looije expanding in Spain, Bowery opening a new facility, as well as new projects in Vietnam, Canada, Qatar... too many to mention. Also…

Year overview October 16-31

Broadening horizons

In the second half of October, we were again running around the trade show floors, this time at the PMA Conference in Anaheim, and the Fruit Attraction in Madrid. There were also several anniversaries and expansions, and we zoomed in on some promising markets: India, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Urban Greenhouse Challenge kicks off"In…

Year overview October 1-15

O Canada...

Canadians flocked to Leamington in October to attend the CGC, and we were there as well, joining the traditional Bus Tour and snapping pictures on the trade show floor. Shortly before the event, it became clear that Ontario growers could look forward to having their growing energy demand addressed. Meanwhile in the Netherlands,…

Year overview September 16-30

A hectare here, a hectare there...

The second half of September saw announcements of several large-scale projects. From Saudi Arabia to Canada, and from the US to the Netherlands, acreages were expanding. There were other interesting things to report on as well, including two trade shows: the Horti China, and Seed meets Technology. 44-hectare…

Year overview September 1-15

The rain in Spain

As the summer drew to a close, the effects of climate change became once again apparent, with growers in Spain hit by heavy rains, demolishing 200 hectares of greenhouses. Meanwhile, growers in Florida braced for the impact of Hurricane Dorian. There was also more optimistic news to report, fortunately, for instance the…

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…

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,…

Year overview June 16-30

The rising star of indoor ag

Hot on the heels of GreenTech came the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, highlighting the increasingly significant role indoor ag plays on the world stage. This was further illustrated by a major funding boost for a Scottish vertical farm, and the opening of a high-tech greenhouse in Japan. photo reportGreenTech 2019: What did you…

Year overview June 1-15

GreenTech takes the limelight

Sometime during the first half of June, horticulture companies, especially in the Netherlands, get all jittery. The reason? GreenTech, of course! And we were there again, taking pictures, looking at new innovations, and witnessing plenty of announcements, partnerships and contracts being signed. In other Dutch news, East-West…

Year overview May

Tomato trouble and Expansion May-nia

May was a month of almost manic expansion, with new locations opened left, right and center. Besides all the good news, there were also the lingering tomato problems: the Tomato Suspension Agreement between the US and Mexico was definitively terminated, and ToBRFV continued to rear its ugly head. Wendy's…

Year overview April

All around the world

On April 1, we started with our sister publication, MMJ Daily, which is all about the cultivation of medical cannabis. Later that month we learned about expansions in Asia, as well as a consortium that includes big players like Fluence, Priva, BASF and Aerofarms, to develop crops for indoor agriculture. Of course our team was…

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…

Year overview February

North American expansions, tomato agreement cancelled

February saw several major expansions in North America, in part made possible with private equity funding. Two companies had a party that month celebrating their anniversaries, and there was plenty to see and do at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin and HortiContact in the Netherlands. The biggest news,…

Year overview January

Trade shows, expansions, and a cancelled merger

January not only kicks off the new year, it's also the start of trade show season, with the IPM Essen as a main gathering for the industry. This month saw a number of expansions, while growers in Europe faced heavy weather, and a big merger in the Dutch tomato industry didn't go through. ToBRFV also…

Special Year Overview: all major happenings in a row

Ho ho ho ho! It is almost that time of the year again and being in full holiday spirit already, we will start with our Special Year Overview today. In this special, we will look back at 2019 and we will highlight the most important news that impacted the industry. New greenhouses, events, shows,…


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