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BrightFarms

Cox Enterprises assumes majority ownership

BrightFarms secures $100 million Series E round of funding

BrightFarms has secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support its expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.…

Canadian smart LED lighting producer raises $3.15M

Sollum Technologies received $3.15 million Canadian dollars of funding through the Technoclimat program. This major investment in Sollum’s growth was preceded by $5 million Canadian dollars in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) and $3.9 million Canadian dollars from…

USDA cites VA company and files action against FL company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Benny F. Hall & Sons LLC, Oak Hall, Va., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These sanctions…

US: Western Growers hires Walt Duflock as Vice President, Innovation

Increasing its efforts to quicken the pace of technology solutions for the fresh produce industry, Western Growers has added Walt Duflock as Vice President, Innovation. In this role, Duflock will be singularly focused on accelerating agtech for Western Growers (WG) member companies, including expanding…

Canadian company launches new labelling technology line

If the pandemic has highlighted one thing for growers across North America, it is their relationship with labor. Given the challenges growers have seen this year in accessing labor for field/grove/orchard work or in packing houses, maintaining the health of workers and much more, it’s no surprise that…

New branding and website

Generation Farms prepares for future growth

Generation Farms, grower-shipper of conventional as well as organic fruits and vegetables, launched a new logo over the summer and is now ready to share their redesigned…

US: McCoy joins BioTherm sales team

BioTherm has expanded its sales team with the addition of Ryan McCoy as its regional sales representative for the Central Region. “As BioTherm scales up to meet growing demand…

Rovensa to acquire Oro Agri

Rovensa has agreed to acquire Oro Agri, a provider of environmentally friendly biocontrol solutions with international reach, from the Omnia Group. The acquisition of Oro Agri reinforces Rovensa as…

Syngenta

UK: Matt Kettlewell joins Syngenta

Syngenta has appointed experienced agronomist Matt Kettlewell as Area Manager to support growers in Norfolk and the eastern counties. Matt will cover all crops, including a focus on field vegetables and potatoes that are of huge value for the region’s growers. He joins Syngenta with wide experience of…

New OEM-agreement for shelf-and-lighting panels for vertical farming

Senmatic and LED iBond International have entered a strategic partnership for OEM delivery of shelves with built-in grow light to be included in Senmatic’s offering of industrial vertical farming solutions. The new vertical farming shelves are based on LED iBond’s patented lighting fixture, which…

GreenTech Award winners announced

Today the winners are announced at the virtual opening of GreenTech Live & Online. The winners in 3 categories – out of a total of 26 entries – of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 are: ISO Grade 8000 by ISO Group, Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis by Van der Ende Groep and CELINE by CE-Line BV.…

Canterbury, New Zealand

Asparagus grower must pay $50,000 in owed wages to workers

A Canterbury asparagus grower's been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 for underpaying staff. Christopher Gray of Motukarara Asparagus was ordered to repay 13 pickers for unlawful…

Leamington greenhouse fined $120K following electrocution death

A Leamington cucumber greenhouse faces a $120,000 fine after a worker received an electrical shock and died on the job in 2018. The company pleaded guilty on Friday to failing…

Sri Lankan company Trump Coir:

“We look forward to the future, amid the current uncertainty”

In March and April, Trump Coir Products was struck by the COVID-19 pandemic for four weeks. “Luckily, we bounced back with a vengeance, thanks to the strict and well implemented controls imposed by the government,” says Thushara Kudakumbura, director of the Sri Lankan coir company. “We were able to train…

"Automation grows in South East Asia"

Autogrow has been in business for over 27 years but in the last four years they have been focussing on cloud-based solutions and digital platforms. “That is the future of the industry,” said Kylie Horomia, Head of Brand & Communications. Hwang Shuang Chuan Regional Business Partner Manager in Asia adds,…

Netherlands: Cooperation DOOR continues as Growers United

As of October 15, cooperation DOOR will continue under the name Growers United. During an online meeting, the new name and the new story was presented to the members and the employees. Chairman Jack Groenewegen, proudly: "The new name seamlessly fits our strategy of doing business together. That is the…

PMA’s Nancy Tucker announced retirement at Fresh Summit Global Reception

Produce Marketing Association Vice President, Nancy Tucker, announced her retirement at the Fresh Summit 2020 Global Community Reception. Tucker, who has had a storied career…

Gerardo Del Toro-De León

Research at the interface of seed development, epigenetics and evolution

Professor Claudia Köhler has been appointed as new director of department II at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP). Seed development, which consists of the triad of embryo, endosperm and seed coat formation, is a complex process in which epigenetic mechanisms play a very…

Sunset Rocks™ raises over $200,000 for Brighter Bites®

In its first ever virtual event, Sunset Rocks brought in not one but four major recording artists for an exclusive event that connected the entire industry and raised funds…

A northern Sri Lankan coco peat factory launches products, helps rebuild community

From war zone to award-winning coconut coir factory

Raj Janan “Janan” grew up in Northern Sri Lanka and fled the country when the civil war broke out in 1984. He met business partner John Tastad back in 2001. Over the years, they’ve started three different ventures together, ranging from technology companies to rebuilding houses after the 2004 Sri Lanka…

Closer cooperation HerkuPlast and Hortus Supplies International

With headquarters in Germany, an entity in the Netherlands, HerkuPlast-Kubern GmbH continues to strengthen its position as an international key-supplier for propagation trays. The company has been working with Hortus Supplies International for over 15 years. Hortus Supplies International is an…

Americold Realty Trust acquires Agro Merchants Group for $1.740 billion

Americold Realty Trust announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Agro Merchants Group (“Agro”) from an investor group led by funds…

UK: Specialist in Priva climate management systems joins growing southern team at CambridgeHOK

CambridgeHOK has appointed experienced Priva climate systems specialist Elliot Court to add to its growing team supporting the horticultural sector across the south of England. Mr. Court has spent the past four years working for a West Sussex-based automation company, where he has installed, commissioned…

Freshaholics

India: Aquaponics unit gets off the ground in Ludhiana vet varsity

Sanjay Dhotre Union minster of state for education, communication and electronics and IT, on Wednesday virtually inaugurated an ‘Aquaponics vertical farming system’ developed at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). The system was established by Centre for Development of…

Plenty secures $140 million in Series D financing round

‌Plenty‌ ‌has secured a $140 million USD Series D round, led by existing investor Softbank Vision Fund 1 and including new investor Driscoll’s. The investment will be used to fuel Plenty’s growth, including the execution of recently announced commercial collaborations with Albertsons and Driscoll’s, and…

Frederic Gagnon, Lambert

"We make sure that each cubic foot of your mix is in total conformity with all our specifications"

For over 90 years, Lambert Peat Moss Inc. has been offering a wide range of peat-based products from various grade of Canadian Sphagnum Peat moss to one of its assorted ready to use professional mixes. Lambert Peat Moss has been dedicated to meet the special needs of professional horticulturists, nursery…

KTN

UK: Innovative AgriFood Tech companies looking for investors

Nine companies working on groundbreaking tech ideas will pitch for investment during KTN’s AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase. Investors could find their next investment at KTN’s AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase 2020, on Monday 19 October. Nine of the most innovative AgriFood Tech companies in the UK…

A conversation with Pfalzmarkt board members Reinhard Oerther and Hans-Jörg Friedrich

"By providing year-round supply, we want to establish ourselves even stronger as a reliable trade partner"

It was an interesting year in the German fruit and vegetable sector. Good communications between producers, cooperatives and the trade were more important than ever. This is one of the main items on the agenda of the two Pfalzmarkt für Obst und Gemüse board members Reinhard Oerther and Hans-Jörg…

Steven van Looveren sees a decline in the demand for diffuse glass

"Light transmission of glass becomes more and more important”

The characteristics of the glass are important. Steven Adriaense, Van Looveren explains: “The light transmission is vital. That’s what it is all about now. The requirements are getting higher and higher these days. In order to show the product has a good light transmission, we supply the requested…

USDA clarifies that firm is able to operate in the produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture previously listed Suncrest Produce Solutions as being currently restricted from operating in the produce industry. This is a correction…

Rolls-Royce expands Power Systems business unit

Rolls-Royce has announced a $13.9m investment in its Power Systems business unit for the addition of a new research and development building and multi-phase expansion of its MTU power generation manufacturing facility in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. The project is a result of growth in the market – 2019 was…

New Zealand: Powerplants announces new partnership with Advanced Hort

Powerplants has recently joined forces with Advanced Hort to help service the New Zealand Horticulture Industry. Nathan Hewson, the Managing Director has spent the last 12 months working in Australia, receiving product and technical training from the team at Powerplants. Nathan is responsible for the day…

Russia: Greenhouse arises in permafrost region

A leading Russian metal construction producer, Agrisovgas company, takes part in constructing a unique greenhouse complex in the permafrost region, in Anadyr. Greenhouses by Agrisovgas are suitable for any climatic conditions and can be exploited at a temperature range from -50 to +50 C. “Our company has…

Amazon Alexa Fund invests in vertical farming system for consumers

Chicago-based Rise Gardens, maker of in-home, smart hydroponic garden systems, has received an investment from the Amazon Alexa Fund. Building upon a $2.6M seed round that closed in May, the new funding will enable Rise Gardens to expand upon its mission of creating gardening systems for consumers. Rise Gardens…

Kalera announces two new VPs of sales focused on foodservice and retail accounts

Kalera has hired two new executives to fill the positions of Vice President of Foodservice Sales and Vice President of Sales for Retail Accounts. The newly appointed VP of Foodservice Sales, Marc Jennings, brings with him over 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry. Mark Gagnon, VP of Sales…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"I used to sell millions of heads of lettuce a year; not anymore"

According to Henk van Doorne, lettuce sales are mediocre. He's from Van Doorne Imex in the Netherlands. "There's not even a large supply. But, there's also little demand. The Middle East still wants some lettuce. But sales in [the Netherlands] neighboring countries is dead. I attribute this largely to…

GrowFlux and XtraLight partner on IoT controls for horticultural lighting

GrowFlux has recently partnered with Houston, TX based horticultural lighting manufacturer XtraLight to offer wireless IoT controls alongside XtraLight PowerGrove LED Grow Lights. The relationship expands XtraLight’s horticultural lighting solutions to encompass intelligent lighting controls and allows…

Almería's intensive open ground agriculture joins forces at Agrintal

Nine companies from the Levant of Almería specialized in intensive open ground agriculture have joined forces in Agrintal, a new association to defend their mutual interests. Thus, Agrícola Navarro de Haro, Primaflor, Agrupapulpí, Viveros Mediapalm, Peregrín, Cuadraspania, Hnos. Chumbos, SAT…

Australian strawberry grower remaining upbeat despite challenging 2020 winter season

An Australian fresh produce company admits its winter strawberry production in 2020 has been "a little different" due to a number of unique challenges to contend with. Campbell Farms Co-owner Irine Kay says the bushfires earlier in the year, the drought and the COVID-19 pandemic led to issues where the…

Virginia State University welcomes new associate administrator for programs in Cooperative Extension

Virginia State University (VSU) announces the appointment of Dr. Janine Parker Woods as its new associate administrator for Virginia Cooperative Extension programming,…

EFI hires Karla Cook as certification manager

On its continued path of growth, Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and…

Certis USA expands experienced sales force with two key account managers

Certis USA announces the addition of two agriculture industry veterans to their commercial sales team in the USA. Sherm Hollins and Tim Riley bring with them decades of experience dedicated to serving the needs of agriculture customers in their new roles as Key Account Managers.  “Both Sherm and Tim have cultivated…

BioSafe Systems adds three team members

A new lab assistant to BioSafe Systems’ plant pathology team, Isabella Russo, will contribute skill, intellect and experienced support to the crop protection research and…

NatureSweet adds industry experience with two new board members

NatureSweet announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Kevin Murphy, former President and CEO for Driscoll’s, and Dan Burdett, former Head of Digital Agriculture at Syngenta will bring new talent and expertise to further support the rapid NatureSweet growth. Kevin Murphy…

Joris van Calcar from horticulture to frozen sector

Starting 12 October, Joris van Calcar will be fellow-owner of Tessuto International BV. Together with a partner in company clothing, Joris will take over all shares of the Dutch producer of freezer and cold storage clothing. The step means he will be saying goodbye to his role as salesman of horticulture…

OCTGrowcom welcomes new chief executive

Growcom Chairperson, Ms Belinda Adams has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. “It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr Stephen…

USDA files action against Florida company for alleged PACA violations

U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Farm Fresh Packers LLC for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The…

Sakata Seed America welcomes Bill McCarthy, Ph.D.

Sakata Seed America announced the appointment of well-known industry plant breeder, Bill McCarthy, as its new Associate Director of Research and Development. Bill began his…

New Chair and Directors appointed to Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Board

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced the appointment of Karen Belaire as the centre’s Board Chair for a two-year term. Ms. Belaire joined the board in…

Sustainability: Botanicoir and LEAF

Sustainability is a topic that is becoming an increasingly important attribute of many organisations, in response to the significant climate and ecological challenges currently being faced. In addition, COVID-19 has highlighted the need for strengthening food supply chains across the globe and has…

Neupeak Robotics

Neupeak Robotics autonomous fruit picker awarded $100K for BC Fast Pilot Project

Neupeak Robotics have secured $100,000 through the National Research Council and Innovate BC’s Fast Pilot Program. The BC Fast Pilot program allows BC technology companies to demonstrate the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption through the…

CPVO Administrative Council elects new Chair and Deputy Chair

On 30 September 2020, the Administrative Council of the Community Plant Variety Office held its first entirely virtual meeting since the establishment of the CPVO in 1995. During the meeting, the members of the Administrative Council elected their new Chair and Deputy Chair for the period 2020-2023. The…

Richie Keirouz of Mastronardi Produce on new BC distribution center:

“We’re now strategically located to serve all of North America and beyond”

Mastronardi Produce recently announced the establishment of a new distribution center which will be located in Surrey, British Columbia, in Canada. “The building is completed…

Australia: Members vote to update Hort Innovation’s Constitution

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Hort Innovation members was held virtually on Friday, 9 October 2020. At the meeting, members voted to change the company’s…

Australia: Growcom welcomes new Chief Executive

Growcom Chairperson, Ms. Belinda Adams has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. “It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr Stephen…

Gourmet Garden

Indian 'naturoponic' grower bags funding to expand

Agricultural technology startup Gourmet Garden has raised a fresh investment round from Incubate Fund India and Whiteboard Capital. The company, which follows a patented naturoponic farming approach, was founded by Arjun Balaji, a former partner at McKinsey, and Vishal Narayanaswamy, who after consulting…

Charles Snijders joins Takii Europe to lead Research & Development

Charles Snijders is appointed as Head of R&D at Takii Europe. Charles brings over 30 years of experience in the plant breeding industry. Under his leadership, the European R&D…

'Agro-100 is experiencing a huge rapid growth in Mexico'

After a low-key entry in the Mexican market a few years ago, Agro-100 Ltd. of Joliette Québec is proud to announce that sales have grown by some 30 percent in spite of the pandemic. Producers in several Mexican states, especially those who specialize in fruit production, are seeing bumper crops thanks to…

Fresh produce knowledge club starts up

The start-up of the Dutch Fresh Produce Knowledge Club was announced on Monday 5 October. This new initiative by Nic Jooste focuses mainly on connecting the new generation of fresh produce employees with the experienced people who were instrumental in turning the Dutch fresh produce industry into a major…

Allen Lund hires Matt Law as manager for the Minneapolis office

Matt Law has been hired as Allen Lund Company’s new manager for the Minneapolis office and comes to us with 13 years of freight brokerage experience. He will take over for…

Alvalle, the Spanish company, takes its gazpacho to the US

After investing 31 million euro in a new factory in Alcantarilla (Murcia), Alvalle, the Spanish company that specializes in the production of gazpachos, cold soups, and…

John Innes Centre

UK: £5m funding award for John Innes Centre to modernise horticultural facilities

A multi-million-pound project to modernise the horticultural facilities at John Innes Centre has been approved. The £5.1m upgrade is funded by UKRI-BBSRC. Work will begin in Autumn 2020, and the project set to be completed by March 2021.  The company's Horticultural Services support the world-renowned science…

Kam's Growers Supply

Kam’s Growers Supply:

“We are working hard to make growing easier”

In 2006, Kam’s Growers Supply was established as a ‘one man show’. Now, having grown ever since, they are working with eighteen people, at two locations in Ontario, Guelph and Kingsville. Their portfolio consists of fertilizers, crop protection, growth regulators, shade paint, sanitation and…

Ireland: Alan Phelan appointed as Teagasc Chief Operations Officer

Alan Phelan has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer in Teagasc, and will take responsibility to lead the corporate services, procurement, finance, human resources, ICT…

Nufarm Edge Rewards Program boosts profit potential in 2021

Nufarm announces the launch of its 2021 Nufarm Edge Rewards Program, an early order opportunity offering turf and ornamental professionals to save on popular Nufarm brands…

Jan-Peter Krupczynski, HSM LLC + Co.:

"Secondary raw material from our balers is integrated into the recycling cycle"

Waste disposal is an important aspect of retail - even if it takes place almost exclusively behind the scenes. The entire chain benefits from optimized waste disposal: "In principle, all links in the supply chain for fruit and vegetables are our main customers. Starting with the producers and…

Ÿnsect

Vertical insect farm raises $372 million

Insect farming startup Ÿnsect have extended their Series C funding to $372 million. The new capital will fund completion of the largest insect farm in the world, due to open in the city of Amiens, France in early 2022. Ÿnsect will produce 100,000 tons of insect products annually, as well as create 500…

Dr. Johann Buck joins BioAg team

BioAg has expanded its team with the addition of Dr. Johann Buck as Director of Technical Services and Innovation. “Johann has the vision to see business opportunities and the technical acumen to guide those opportunities from vision to technical sales execution,” says Vik Sakahlkar, CEO of BioAg. “He will anticipate customer…

Jeff Mendelsohn joins Pete's as Foodservice Sales Manager

Pete’s, a produce company specializing in hydroponically grown lettuce and cress varieties available across the nation, has hired Jeff Mendelsohn as Foodservice Sales Manager.…

"We both started in a newly constructed greenhouse"

Jubilees Dutch eggplant grower Gebr. van Duijn going back in time

This month, both Arjan Wensink and Gerard van Vossen have been working at eggplant grower Gebr. van Duijn for 25 years. A moment to celebrate for Arjan and Gerard as well as the company, which expects a new greenhouse filled with crops mid-November. 25 years ago, both men found a company in the Dutch…

Agragene

CubicFarms expands market for fresh produce system into insect farming

CubicFarms announced the sale of its automated, controlled-environment system to Agragene, a San Diego, US-based ag-tech company developing novel biological pest protection for crops, utilizing live sterile male insects as a form of insect pest control. This sale marks a new vertical for CubicFarms'…

US (NH): lef Farms adds new production manager

Coming off a very eventful summer that resulted in expanding distribution by adding Stop & Shop stores throughout New England and supporting medical first-responders during the pandemic with donations of a quarter of a million dollars in baby greens, hydroponic lettuce grower, lef Farms continues its…

UK: Ballot confirmed on statutory levy for horticulture

AHDB has formally announced there will be a ballot on the continuation of a statutory levy in horticulture. It will be a yes or no vote on the future existence of AHDB…

NIAB becomes CHAP partner

"We look forward to working together, promoting and developing agri-tech innovation"

NIAB has launched a new molecular diagnostics service on becoming a partner of the AgriTech Centre Crop Health and Protection (CHAP). NIAB will host the new service at its…

Kalera announces fifth facility:

"As gateway to the Rockies and a great food city, Denver is the ideal location for our new farm"

Kalera, a fast growing vertical farming company in the United States, announced it will open its newest facility in Colorado in 2021. The Denver-area facility further…

Valagro

Syngenta acquires Valagro

Syngenta Group announces the acquisition of Valagro by its business unit Syngenta Crop Protection. Valagro will continue to operate as an independent brand in the market within the Syngenta Crop Protection business. Headquartered in Atessa, Italy, Valagro serves customers around the world with a strong presence in Europe and…

CAN (QC): Margaret Ingratta joins Sollum Technologies as Chief Agronomist

Sollum Technologies announced that Margaret Ingratta is joining the company as Chief Agronomist. She will contribute to the growth of their operations thanks to more than 30 years of experience working for horticulture industry companies like DeRuiter Seeds and Rijk Zwaan Seeds. Mrs. Ingratta sees adjustable…

Growing Media Europe reinforces technical expertise

Dr. Nele Ameloot recently joined the Growing Media Europe (GME) team as a technical expert, highly experienced in marketing, Research & Development and project management. As an external consultant, she will support GME on a wide range of topics, including the implementation of the Fertilising Product…

Wonderplant S.A.

Greek hydroponic greenhouse company expanding their greenhouse CHP

Wonderplant S.A. is a Greek hydroponic greenhouse company. They are continuously expanding their greenhouse investments.  Photo: Wonderplant S.A. For the expansion of their CHP (Cogeneration of Heat and Power Plant), they chose MWM Benelux B.V. in collaboration with A.EI.M.A S.A.  Photo: Wonderplant S.A. In this…

CNW Group/Toundra Greenhouses

Toundra Greenhouses won Mercuriades award

The grand finale of the prestigious 2020 Mercuriades awards was held on Monday evening. Toundra Greenhouses was crowned this year's grand champion, taking top honours in the categories of RBC Royal Bank Start-up and Contribution to Regional Economic Development, as well as taking home the prestigious…

Israel: Equinom builds new R&D center

Equinom is the first seed-breeding company to open an R&D center that houses all vital departments together – biochemistry, applications, sensory, and breeding. The new center will enable these departments to work and communicate synergistically throughout the course of seed breeding and development,…

Jack Mooney new part of Roelands team

"It's wonderful to be a part of this dynamic team"

Adrian and Jodi Roelands, owners of Roelands Plant Farm Inc., have beefed up their ranks with the addition of Australian grafting specialist, Jack Mooney. Following the opportunity to move to Roelands in June, 2020, Mooney left his position as Nursery Manager at Costa Group Australia, a role he held for four…

Ledgnd and B-mex start collaborating:

"Our LED advice is given on the basis of scientific knowledge"

Making cultivation results measurable with the aim of creating certainty of results when switching to LED. That is the starting point of the new collaboration between Ledgnd and B-Mex. “By structurally registering crop results in our portal, the effect of LED can be measured and the added value of this…

Blooming Health Farms on Facebook

US (CO): Nonprofit aquaponic startup lost its facility

Nonprofit startup in Greeley Blooming Health Farms has lost its recently acquired facility as a result of an inability to come to agreeable terms with the landlord. The loss of the facility comes as a setback to Blooming Health Farms’ mission of providing the community with sustainable agriculture along…

New Crop Science Centre in Cambridge

A new Centre in Cambridge, designed to fast-track technologies to sustainably improve farmers’ yields worldwide, has been launched on the 1st October. The Crop Science Centre is an alliance between the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences and NIAB. The Centre will serve as a global hub…

US (LA): Rebuilding begins at LSU AgCenter research station

The process of rebuilding and repairing storm-damaged facilities at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center is underway. A tornado on April 22 caused much of the damage. Then Hurricane Laura brought more problems in August. “It has been a process to get to this point,” said Tara Smith,…

Van Iperen International celebrates its 10th anniversary

October 1, 2020, marks the 10th anniversary for Van Iperen International, Dutch producer of Specialty Fertilizer solutions for fertigation and foliar application. Being part of the nearly 100 years old Iperen group, Van Iperen International has challenged the international specialty fertilizer market…

Leamington Business Excellence Awards

Paul Mastronardi receives the Alf Bennie Award

Giving back to the community has always been at the core of Paul Mastronardi’s values, and this has held especially true during a time when the strength of community and…

Re Fresh

New produce procurement company expands its team

Re Fresh, launched in August by produce industry veterans Doug Fisher and Joe Cimino to reimagine the produce procurement experience, has expanded their team by hiring seven accomplished produce industry professionals. "Re Fresh was founded with a philosophy to focus on customer service, relationship…

Company heading into the next phase to become a fully fledged vegetable breeding company

Bakker Brothers announces new CEO

Bakker Brothers, wholly owned by Zaad Holdings Ltd., announces the resignation of Wouter Bakker, CEO of the company. René Rijs, currently CFO of the company, will take over Wouter’s role as CEO as per 1 November 2020. “It is with immense pleasure that I was able to lead Bakker Brothers over the recent years.…

Seipasa analyzes the keys to knowledge in agriculture at a digital meeting

"At this time of change, producers need certainties in the form of new solutions"

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has held a digital meeting to analyze the challenges of transformation in agriculture from a global perspective. Under the title of ‘Technology, transformation…

Paul Rea new chair of CropLife America board of directors

"Uncertainty has been in plentiful supply this year, but our mission has never been clearer"

CropLife America (CLA), the national association representing the manufacturers, distributors and formulators of organic and non-organic pesticides, as well as other crop…

USDA files action against Texas company, determines individual not responsibly connected

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Fresh Produce Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The…

Agromediterránea and Patatas Meléndez join forces to distribute Sun & Vegs in Mercamadrid

Agromediterránea and Patatas Meléndez, two of the largest companies in their respective sectors, have established a commercial relationship so that Patatas Meléndez distributes Sun & Vegs products exclusively in Mercamadrid. Agromediterránea, a leading company in the production of vegetables and aromatic…

D'Arrigo California celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As of 1999, D’Arrigo California has donated over $2 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to fund innovative breast cancer research. To raise awareness, a pink ribbon adorns the packaging and cartons of D’Arrigo California products under the Andy Boy® label that you find in grocery stores and…

Western Growers Association

Dave Puglia speaks on how the outcome of the election can impact the produce industry

Yesterday, the Fresh Produce and Floral Council hosted a webinar to discuss what the effect the coming elections might have on the produce industry. Dave Puglia, CEO of the Western Growers Association, spoke on the different possible scenarios and outcomes this election might bring, and how specific…

South African niche veg exporter opens a Kenyan office for basic veg & herb supply

"Covid-19 has caused us to look at the future challenges from a completely different perspective and plan our way forward accordingly”

For many years Afrex South Africa has specialized in marketing niche and high value products to the food service industry but the Corona crisis has changed that: since April 2020, they have begun marketing more basic products that are used in the food service industry, like fresh cut herbs, avocados,…

Ballot shines spotlight on AHDB’s investment in horticulture

Ruth Ashfield, Strategy Director for Horticulture at AHDB, has received the formal request for a ballot from horticulture levy payers in line with the process set out in statute.…

Tessenderlo Kerley International and Van Iperen International sign a Global Distribution Agreement

Van Iperen International, Dutch producer of Specialty Fertilizers and Tessenderlo Kerley International, business unit of Tessenderlo Group NV, and Belgian producer of premium…

Sunset grows west with new distribution centre in Canada

As a leading greenhouse vegetable operator in North America, Mastronardi Produce is no stranger to creating growth and opportunity. In a move that will continue the company’s growth, Mastronardi has announced the establishment of a new distribution centre in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada.…

Tony Barendregt joins Growing Solutions group as sales representative

At the beginning of 2020 Thermo Energy Solutions was acquired by Gibraltar Industries, joining the Growing Solutions Group, comprised of Rough Brothers, Inc, (RBI) and Nexus Greenhouse Systems. Together, the brands are working to be a large resource for greenhouse growers. “Having Tony join our team, our…

Enhanced online Waste Efficiency Tool now available to CPMA members

Following the initial launch of the CPMA Waste Efficiency Tool in January 2020, the Association has now deployed a new interface to support its member companies’ waste…

Lower but steady strawberry volumes coming out of California

As fall progresses, the California strawberry volumes are starting to decrease. “This is normal for this time of year,” says Cindy Jewell. “The state-wide volumes are continuing to decline, and as fall settles in and the days get shorter, the harvesting does slow down, even with the addition of the fall…

Cooperativa La Palma brings its Positive Agriculture concept to Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect 2020

Cooperativa La Palma is promoting a more innovative, highly professional and constantly improving agriculture. These are the pillars of Positive Agriculture, the new concept launched by this leader in the fruit and vegetable sector, whose premise is striving for excellence to meet the new global…

Murcian okra has competitive advantages over Central American exports

"We are pioneers in the open ground cultivation of okra in Spain"

Okra originates from Africa and is very common not only in this continent's gastronomy, but also in that of in other regions, such as the Middle East, India or Latin America. Although the product is relatively unknown in Europe, its consumption is increasing every year. The southeast of Spain has been…

Bama (Norway) reopens vegetable processing plant after corona infections

In Lierstranda, Norway, Bama has reopened its vegetable processing plant. The plant had been closed since Saturday night September 19 after the corona infection among the…

PMA virtual town hall

Global societal macrotrends and how they affect the produce industry

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on five important macrotrends in society and how these trends affect the produce industry. “It is always a good time to think about the big picture, but especially now, when what happens in the future is so critical to guiding our everyday operations,” Lauren M.…

Bayer's outlook for 2021

"The urgent need for agriculture solutions has never been more evident"

Bayer AG has announced that the company confirms its adjusted outlook for 2020 and expects 2021 sales at approximately 2020 levels despite significant headwinds from the…

AgriPlace Chain is growing rapidly

"In the first 6 months of 2020, more than 20 companies in fruit and vegetables have started to make full use of the system. We see the number of companies registering for free also increasing rapidly on the platform this ensures that companies in AGF worldwide can easily collect and share information,"…

Roeland van Ham accepts ancillary position as scientific director of TU Delft AgTech Institute

Roeland van Ham, KeyGene’s VP Bioinformatics & Modeling, has accepted an ancillary position as scientific director of the TU Delft AgTech Institute, that has been established…

Special Managment this month

This month, there will be a new special on HortiDaily in which Management will be the central topic. Related articles will be published in the newsletter on a daily basis in our international publications (HortiDaily and FloralDaily) and Dutch newsletters (Groentennieuws and BPnieuws). SpecialIf your company is active in this field,…

Delphy

Next steps in digitalisation for Delphy:

"Collaboration started four years ago, and was intensified by the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge"

Data platform supplier 30MHz and research and consultancy company Delphy have entered into a partnership. In addition, Delphy uses the data platform as an analysis tool among its consultants while at the same time developing cultivation-related applications itself. These in turn will be available to all…

Second Chances Farm announces new farm in Philadelphia

Second Chances Farm founder Ajit Mathew George recently announced that he has reached an agreement with Philadelphia developer Michael Bailkin, who will invest the capital needed to open a 30,000 square feet farm – roughly 10 times larger than Second Chances Farm’s current operation – with enough space…

Signify expands horticulture team in North America

Lighting company Signify has expanded its horticulture team in North America to support business development efforts in the region. Dominic Bouchard has stepped into the role of Commercial Leader for the Canada team, and Henry Olson has taken on the commercial leadership of the US team. Both have…

AppHarvest on Instagram

AppHarvest goes public

AppHarvest and Novus Capital announced a definitive agreement for a business combination that would result in AppHarvest becoming a public company. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named AppHarvest and is expected to remain listed on Nasdaq under a new ticker symbol. The combined company will be led…

John Perkins named new CFO of Upward Farms

Upward Farms, an aquaponics operation sustainably growing leafy greens and fish, has hired John Perkins as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. He brings 25 years of proven results in the investment banking sector to this role, including expertise in mergers and acquisitions, public and private market…

AVAG joins World Horti Center

AVAG, the association of the Dutch greenhouse construction and technology, joins World Horti Center. Both partners will enter this collaboration for three years from 1 October 2020. World Horti Center and AVAG have been working together on more and more occasions; World Horti Center facilitated various hybrid events and…

Stephan Weist on renewal of his mandate as President Freshfel Europe:

"As market trends and trading conditions evolve, new opportunities for our sector will arise"

Freshfel Europe held its first ever fully digital Annual General Meeting on the morning of its Joint 2020 Annual Event on the 29 September 2020. Rescheduled from its usual…

Partnering to commercialize horticultural lighting for Iceland

GrowFlux has recently partnered with Icelandic horticultural lighting firm ABC Lights to commercialize intelligent horticultural lighting systems for the Icelandic greenhouse…

Roelands Plant Farms on Canada's Top Growing Companies list

"It's an honour to be on a list of this type"

Roelands Plant Farms is pleased to announce it placed No. 314th on The Globe and Mail’s 2020 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. Roelands Plant Farms earned its spot with three-year growth of…

"It's exciting to see AgTech innovation developed in New Zealand supporting growers in Europe"

Autogrow has ramped up their activity in the Northern Hemisphere by establishing a new Sales Director Europe and U.K. role based in the Netherlands supporting their expanding customer base for new digital farming solutions FarmRoad and Folium. CEO Darryn Keiller says, “This expansion into Europe is…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas joins Walmart commitment to halve food loss and waste

Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Foods, announced that it has joined Walmart in the "10x20x30" initiative to root out food loss and waste from the supply chain. 10x20x30 is led by Walmart and more than 10 of the world's biggest food retailers and providers, each having committed to engage at…

Growers Express promotes Kirk Wagner to Chief Operating Officer

Growers Express, LLC, a processor of frozen vegetable products and primary licensed partner of the Green Giant Fresh® brand announced that Kirk Wagner is promoted to Chief…

United Fresh announces slate of new programming

United Fresh has announced its slate of new programming taking place this fall on the LIVE! 365 platform. United Fresh LIVE! 365 is the industry’s year-round community…

Bonduelle 2019-2020 annual results

Bonduelle's Fresh Processed segment revenue drops by 6%

On September 25, 2020, Bonduelle's Supervisory Board, under the chairmanship of Martin Ducroquet, reviewed the statutory and consolidated financial statements for FY 2019 -…

"This partnership will allow us to bring biological solutions to more farmers globally"

Rizobacter, a subsidiary of Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp., and Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced the signing of an exclusive agreement to distribute a foliar fertilizer…

Food company to reduce greenhouse gas by 30%

General Mills announced a pledge to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across its full value chain – from farm to fork to landfill – over the next 10 years. The…

"bite sized and interactive"

Global urban farming micro-learning platform Rooted launched

The COVID pandemic has led us to seek a closer relationship with food.  Increasingly, we want to know where our food comes from and maybe even grow a little of it ourselves.  But, how…


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