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Canadian grower celebrates long-term partnership with Malaysian company

Toronto based CO2 GRO is pleased to announce that it has entered into a renewable one-year memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Malaysia's CH Green Sdn. Bhd. ("CH Green").…

"Our goal is donating 1-million servings of fresh produce"

Texas based mobile agriculture system expands operation

Last year during the pandemic, Big Tex Urban Farms harvested and donated 26,000 pounds of food. That equates to more than 295,000 servings. This year they increased their grow capacity with the addition of 'Growzilla'. "Growzilla is a shipping container farm," Drew Demler, Director of Horticulture…

GrowGroup IFS is building the world's largest indoor farm in Abu Dhabi:

"We continue to support the client after turnkey delivery with various monitoring systems"

GrowGroup IFS is building the world's largest indoor farm in Abu Dhabi. Part of this total and unique concept is the support provided to the client with the operation of the indoor farm after the turnkey delivery. This service is provided by GaaS Wageningen, who supports the head growers, monitors all…

Fruit and vegetable transport and customs after 3 weeks of Brexit

"The worst is over. Now we are preparing for the entry into force of the phytosanitary certificate and the REX system"

The entry into force of the Brexit process in 2021 has caused delays in the entry of European fruits and vegetables to the United Kingdom, mainly due to changes in the documentation required. Álvaro Partida, Head of the Commercial Area of ​​Partida Logistics, a Spanish company specialized in customs…

Van der Knaap starts new production location in Mexico

The new production location in Mexico was recently opened. Centrally located in Mexico, Van der Knaap Mexico focuses on producing high-quality coco substrates for local horticulture. Producing locally enables the company to offer fast delivery times and be in direct contact with the customers.Van der…

Debate on how to shape the future of the AHDB continues

The UK Horticulture & Potatoes Future Statutory Levy Working Group has been established voluntarily by concerned statutory levy payers from within the UK Horticulture and…

"we celebrate diversity to solve the world food challenge"

NZ: agri-tech company drives sustainability agenda

"WayBeyond’s vision is to transform the agricultural industry". This is a declaration of intent and to give this intent focus and leadership, Kylie Horomia has been appointed into a new role as Head of Industry Transformation. Ms. Horomia holds a Masters in International Communications, 20 years in…

Korean startup Green Labs gets $18 million in Series B funding

Started in 2017 and already $18 million in. That's what the startup Green Labs has managed to do. The ‘smart farming’ platform, has secured $18 million in Series B funding.…

New Dublin to Cherbourg ferry sells out on first day

According to Swedish shipping line company Stena, its new Dublin to Cherbourg service sold out on its first day, with 175 trucks booked to sail. However, hauliers say direct…

“We saw demand for closing solutions increase greatly because of the pandemic”

Closing solutions company Kwik Lok has seen a significant spike in demand in the past year due to the pandemic. From retailers switching from bulk to grab-and-go formats to suppliers pivoting from foodservice to retail, packaging – and therefore closing solutions – became much more ubiquitous in 2020. Demand…

Canadian greenhouse operation steadies cash flow by shining the light

Luke den Haan saw the light. Literally. While on a trade mission to Holland sponsored by the province two years ago, the CEO and co-owner of den Haan Greenhouses in Lawrencetown witnessed first-hand what state-of-the-art LED lights controlled by computer software was doing to save energy costs while…

US (TX): FarmVisionAI, former Illumitex, is now out of business

The LED company Illumitex, which recently shifted its focus to AI-driven visualization and augmented intelligence for CEA, is now out of business. Back at the beginning of…

US (OH): Doug Laubenstein joins AgriNomix

AgriNomix is committed to providing clients with exceptional customer service. "To further augment this commitment, we are pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Laubenstein…

Pieter van Berchum, Gakon: "It is the obvious choice"

Gakon formalizes partnership agreement with Priva and Anima Trading

Gakon Horticultural Projects has signed a partnership agreement with Priva and Anima Trading. Priva is a global supplier of integrated total solutions for operating and managing any horticultural business. Anima Trading is a company that assists in the delivery of projects, installations and products for…

Ministry of Agriculture to cooperate with Amanah Waqf Funds Management Company

Oman: Agreement signed for increasing production of most popular vegetables

Yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources signed an agreement with the Amanah Waqf Funds Management Company, to initiate a project to produce 3,000…

New board member for RPP foundation

RPP (Responsibly Produced Peat) elects Mr. Tomi Koivula as Board Member representing Growing Media Europe and the growing media industry. RPP is a certification system for the responsible use, management and restoration of peatlands in Europe.  GME believes that peat harvesting can actually help achieving…

New session on 2 February puts the spotlight on soil health

International series ‘Plants for life, plants to survive’

To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems initiated the webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to survive’ in December to highlight the importance of plant…

US crop protection company acquired by Portuguese company

Rovensa, a Lisbon-based company, has acquired Oro Agri, Inc., a global leader in bio-rational crop protection and adjuvant technology. Oro Agri currently distributes its crop…

Fundraiser launched for Trout Creek's Spring Hill Farms after owner passed away

Jessica Milne says the sudden and unexpected death of her uncle has left her aunt struggling with more than she can handle. Milne decided to step up and help in the greenhouse where her uncle, Wayne Chalmers, made a name for himself producing some of the best vegetables in the area at Spring Hill Farms…

Belgian company submits first protein-based biocontrol registration package to the EPA

Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, announced that it has submitted its first protein-based biocontrol, Evoca™, to the Environmental Protection Agency in the…

Boyden greenhouse prioritizes vegetables

Natural Beauty Growers is planning a bumper crop of vegetable seedlings for its rural Boyden greenhouse this summer. The greenhouse and plant wholesaler, which grows seedlings and finished plants at three locations in N’West Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, will prioritize growing vegetables in 2021…

Dutch government connects with China for multi-year greenhouse strategy

In China, the middle class and the need for fresh and safe food are growing rapidly. At the same time, Chinese consumers are increasingly willing to pay for quality and convenience. In addition, the Chinese agricultural sector is struggling with several sustainability problems. The chain has many links…

Lighting company unites all European dependances under one name

BLV Licht- und Vakuumtechnik GmbH, a manufacturer of specialist lighting solutions, has announced that it will change its name to Ushio Germany GmbH, on 1 February 2021. Since…

Nature Fresh Farms joins SmartWay

Reduction of freight transportation-related emissions

Nature Fresh Farms pledges to reduce freight transportation-related emissions by becoming a member of SmartWay. Over the past year, Nature Fresh Farms joined the SmartWay…

New partnership to improve India’s fresh produce exports

Otflow® was launched three years ago with one single objective: to improve the inefficient airflow of reefer containers during shipping. Together with the University of Wageningen they developed the 11-meter floor cover for containers, the shape of this floor cover is designed to distribute the air more…

"Biodegradable plastics help reduce agricultural plastic waste"

When one thinks of the agricultural industry, plastic waste is not the first thing that comes to mind. But the reality is that plastics play key roles in the farming and greenhouse business, leaving behind much waste every year. As an example, just in the United States, the agricultural plastics…

GP Solutions begins production of "better than organic" strawberries

GP Solutions announced it started R&D into growing strawberries, and will soon begin cultivation of the popular fruit. GrowPods - controlled-environment micro-farms - allow…

Biotalys submits First Protein-Based Biocontrol Registration Package to the EPA

Today, Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, announces that it has submitted its first protein-based biocontrol, Evoca™, to the Environmental Protection Agency…

Finland: Valoya announces departure of CEO

Valoya's CEO, Mr. Lars Aikala will leave the company in early 2021, by which time he will have served it from its founding, a total of 12 years. A search for the new Chief Executive Officer is undergoing. The company will continue to execute its strategy of bringing high quality, research based…

Ellen van Kester, Horticola Guadalfeo, Spain

"Two of our tomato varieties got Flavor of the Year awards"

The Spanish company Horticola Guadalfeo's Marazul tomato is a three-time winner. It's been certified by 'Sabor del año (Flavor of the Year) for three years running. This institute tests products. An 80-person consumer panel considers products' flavor, smell, texture, and general satisfaction. "This year,…

Tesco boss typifies Brexit disruptions 'a challenge, not a crisis'

According to Tesco boss Ken Murphy, it has seen some disruption to food supplies in Northern Ireland since trading arrangements with the EU changed on 1 January.  "We see this as…

Brussels seeks to boost the seaweed industry

Brussels has launched an ambitious plan to boost the seaweed industry in the context of post-Covid economic reconstruction, which starts with the launch of public…

Responsibly Produced Peat elects new Board member

Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) elects Mr. Tomi Koivula as Board Member representing Growing Media Europe (GME) and the growing media industry. RPP is a certification system…

Signify CEO eyes $2B agricultural lighting market

Reaffirming the importance of horticultural and agricultural lighting to its future, Signify CEO Eric Rondolat recently projected industry-wide market revenue from the sector…

APAL Post-Harvest Seminar - MAF RODA

"The fundamental question asked to me every day is how can I reduce the packing cost to the grower"

Leading global packing equipment company, MAF RODA says the industry is now able to analyse every piece of fruit more thoroughly than ever before, thanks to huge advancements in technology available in Australia. Speaking at APAL's online Post-Harvest Seminar, MAF Oceania Sales Director, Phil Alexander…

Substrates supplier launches $9M expansion

Profile® Products today announced the start of a game-changing $9 million manufacturing expansion project, an important investment that will provide a significant increase in…

India and US hydroponics company start partnership

In recent years, hydroponics farming is gaining popularity across the world due to the higher yield it gives than the traditional farming systems and a host of other benefits. In hydroponics, 70 to 90% of water can be saved compared to soil cultivation, since water is re-circulated and reused. Other…

New company joins SmartWay

US vegetable farm advances in sustainable transportation

Nature Fresh Farms pledges to reduce freight transportation-related emissions by becoming a member of SmartWay. Over the past year, Nature Fresh Farms joined the SmartWay…

Dutch and UK greenhouse company enter cooperation

Recently Ebtech Glasshouse Systems Ltd, based in East Yorkshire, UK and Smiemans Projecten BV in the Netherlands have joined forces in offering their combined services to the…

Spain

Bonnysa's fresh grated tomato received the Flavor of the Year award for the second consecutive year

Consumers awarded Bonnysa's fresh grated tomato with the 2021 Flavor of the Year award; an award it also achieved last year. Bonnysa's fresh grated tomato was selected as the best flavor at a blind tasting with 80 consumers that highlighted the product's fresh and natural flavor. This award is very well…

Greenhouse information supplier strengthens cooperation with Vietnamese horticulture

Eurofins Agro has joined the Netherlands Vietnamese Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) as a ‘Gold Member’. Through this platform, Eurofins Agro provides knowledge and insight to growers in Vietnam. A number of Vietnamese growers has now gained experience, such as the Sapa Hitech lily nursery. Thanks…

trapped under energy screens designed to limit light emission

Water cooled LED to cope with heat and humidity

Leamington follows the footsteps of Kingsville (Ontario, Canada) council for a bylaw on light pollution, ordering that light cannot cause a nuisance by shining on neighbouring properties or into the night sky. Because of this new Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw, growers must keep ceilings, sidewalls and…

Climate screens business appoints new managing director

Ridder has appointed Niels Lünnemann as Managing Director of Climate Screens. With the appointment of Niels, Ridder is initiating the next step in its growth strategy, which,…

Autogrow announces digital farming company WayBeyond

"Spin-out of A.I. farming company will accelerate growth"

Autogrow has unveiled a corporate reorganization as part of a long-term business strategy which will see the organization split into two separate entities with the launch of…

Modern substrate factory to be built in Papenburg, Germany

Klasmann-Deilmann is building Germany's most modern substrate factory. In close cooperation with Schulte & Bruns, high-performance production facilities will be installed in the port of Papenburg from 2025. As early as 2026, peat, wood fibre, green compost and other raw materials are to be processed here…

US lettuce grower appoints new director of food quality & safety

BrightFarms, a supplier of locally grown packaged salads, ispleased to announce that Jackie Hawkins has been promoted to Director of Food Safety & Quality. She will report…

ICL appoints Brendan Howell in strategic move into Ireland

As part of a major new strategic move, ICL has appointed Brendan Howell to the new role of ICL Sales Development Manager for Professional Horticulture across Ireland.…

Football Australia secure fresh MiniRoos partnership with Qukes®

Football Australia is pleased to announce that Qukes® Baby Cucumbers, a lead brand and product of Perfection Fresh Australia, has become the newest partner of the MiniRoos grassroots program, as well as an official supplier of the Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.Over the next two years, Qukes® will…

Eurofins Agro strengthens cooperation with Vietnamese horticulture

Eurofins Agro has joined the Netherlands Vietnamese Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) as a ‘Gold Member’. Through this platform, Eurofins Agro provides knowledge and insight to growers in Vietnam. A number of Vietnamese growers has now gained experience, such as the Sapa Hitech lily nursery. Thanks…

Light Science Technologies Holdings prepares for London Stock Exchange in 2021

£1m pre-IPO investment for UK lighting solution company

Light Science Technologies Holdings (LSTH) announced a pre-IPO investment of £1 million from Intuitive Investments Group plc (IIG), as it prepares itself for an initial public…

Kam’s Growers Supply hires new technical sales representative

Hailey Ashbee has joined the Kam’s team as a Technical Sales Representative starting Jan 4, 2021. Hailey is a published, award winning Masters of Environmental Science…

N. Irish company angry as port hold-ups threaten lettuce, courgette and pepper supply

A County Down food company -the largest processor of lettuce on the island of Ireland- has lashed out at the UK government as hold-ups at ports threaten to stop its supply of…

Ahern Agribusiness is acquired by an Israeli investment group

Ahern Agribusiness, Inc., the main vegetable seed distribution company in Mexico and Central America, announced that it had been acquired by an Israeli investment group made…

"We invite Yoann Alarçon to taste our strawberries"

Chairman of Freshuelva responds to statement on strawberries from Carrefour France

Yoann Alarçon, fresh produce manager of Carrefour France, recently announced on his Twitter account that the supermarket chain would not offer strawberries in January. In his tweet, he also gave the reasons…

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80 Acres Farms' $30 million, 70,000-sq.ft. high-tech 'marvel engineering'

Raising a glass to the opening of highly automated Hamilton farm

On 15 January, 80 Acres Farms raised a glass to the opening of its Hamilton-based highly automated vertical farm. A word of thanks given by 80 Acres Farms' co-founders Mike Zelkind and Tisha Livingston. . "Today is a very exciting day for 80 Acres Farm, but also for the city of Hamilton, Ohio and all…

Dutch companies set up joint venture for insect counts on plants

Botany from Horst-Meterik and Aris from Eindhoven have created a new joint venture: PhenoVerius. PhenoVerius focusses on sales, service and further development of observation systems for plant-related pests and diseases. The management of PhenoVerius is formed by Peter Korsten and Rien den Boer. Uniting expertiseFor…

just so you know

Appropriate horticultural retirement age: 85

"B...OO...T, just like the things you put on your feet." In this characteristic way Arie Boot, who has been Gakon’s ‘Sales Rep’ in America for years, liked to introduce himself to new relations. Today he celebrates his 85th (eighty-fifth!) birthday.  From the coal trade to the greenhouse...Born in Slikkerveer, the…

Harvust

Harvust wins ag-innovation challenge

Harvust is the winner of the seventh annual Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, becoming the 2021 Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year. AFBF, in partnership with Farm Credit, announced the winner at AFBF’s Virtual Annual Convention. Riley Clubb and James Christopher Hall are co-founders of Harvest,…

Sakata Seed America increases food bank donations

Through its Woodland Innovation Center, Sakata Seed America significantly increased its volume of fresh produce donations to the Yolo Food Bank in Woodland, CA. Sakata Seed America increased its food bank donations in 2020. “Sakata Seed has been an amazing partner,” says Aliyah Moreno, Yolo Grown program…

US: North Country Growers buys Berlin site for greenhouse complex

North Country Growers LLC has finalized the purchase of 172 acres of city land on East Milan Road, where it plans to build a $58 million hydroponic greenhouse complex that…

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Agriscience company begins construction on new centre in France

Corteva Agriscience has started construction on a new Center of Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT), a new agriscience centre in Aussonne, France. Expected to be operational in the first half of next year, the new centre will help European farmers in getting their crops yield improved harvest. Touted to be…

European Crop Protection Association changes name to CropLife Europe

From today, the European Crop Protection Association will operate as CropLife Europe, expanding its mandate to include digital and precision farming, plant biotech innovation…

Tomato receives seal of approval "Taste of the year"

Spanish consumer award for Sweet Palermo... again

For the second year in a row, Spanish consumers have awarded Sweet Palermo, the dulce Italiano of Rijk Zwaan, with the "Taste of the Year" seal of approval. After putting forward only the red variety of Sweet Palermo as a contender for the award in 2020, for 2021 Rijk Zwaan submitted the entire range:…

Illinois herb grower announces acquisition of Ohio greenhouse

Edible Garden® announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase a facility in Piqua, OH. Edible Garden is a privately held, company that produces locally…

USDA sanctions California company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Poblano Fresh Produce Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These…

Ronald van Vossen, Angus Soft Fruits Europe:

"Our softfruit turnover increased by 418% in 2020 thanks to our different strategy and growth in retail"

"Across the board, we had quite a bit of activity in soft fruit during the holidays, but from week 53 onwards, the supply has been hit hard by the cold in Southern Europe. For us, this mainly concerns raspberries and strawberries from Spain and Morocco. We expect only half the usual supply of these in…

Innovation Norway ups €7 million fruit and vegetable grants to €12 million in 2021

Innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge) is a state-owned company. It grants annual subsidies to Norwegian provinces. This year, it's made some €60 million (NOK 622 million)…

Individuals not responsibly connected to past WA violator

USDA cites North Carolina company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Wayne Bailey Inc., Chadbourn, N.C., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These sanctions…

American Community College receives $30K donation to build greenhouse

Cape Fear Farm Credit partners with Bladen Community College to provide resources to build a greenhouse that will enhance its agricultural programs. “This donation is going to provide a greenhouse for our students and for our community,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, Bladen Community College President. “It is…

Biochar supplier exceeds crowdfunding target by half a million

Carbon Gold, a supplier of biochar to gardeners and professional crop growers alike, has surpassed its crowdfunding goal of £200,000, raising a total of £722,468. The company…

Robert Van Der Geest new general manager for Mexican greenhouse Nature Fresh Farms

Nature Fresh Farms welcomes Robert Van Der Geest as General Manager to their Mexico team. Nature Fresh Farms has financially invested in the operation of a 15-acre greenhouse with an additional 15 acres under construction, located in Central Mexico. Robert Van Der Geest has been brought on to lead their…

"Season = quality"

French supermarket removes 'tasteless and off season' winter strawberries from the shelves

"My first decision at Carrefour: removing the strawberries from our shops in January." That is said by Yoann Alarcon, the new fresh produce manager at Carrefour. According to Yoann, the strawberries are not in season now and there's plenty of other products available: citrus fruits, kiwis and apples, for…

TomaTech appoints regional manager

A new addition to the TomaTech team in North America. David Revington hands over his tenure to the new Regional Manager, Remco Kostwinder, so he can pursue new opportunities.  "We…

New investors finance food security research

American AI-company raises $85 million funding

Gro Intelligence announced today that it has raised $85 million in Series B funding. The round was co-led by Intel Capital, Africa Internet Ventures (a strategic partnership…

"The demand for horticultural solutions changes"

Investing, experimenting and collaborating in a changing market for horticultural solutions. How do you respond to the increasing demand for complete cultivation systems with knowledge and technology and contribute to efficient ornamental, food and herb cultivation? Roeland van Dijk, Codema's logistics…

“We are pleased to provide fresh food to those who need it"

Marion County economic development grant initiatives completed

Adapt8, makers of greenhouse and agricultural products including Solexx, has completed several projects as part of an economic development grant from Marion County. Marion…

Belgian coop, Hoogstraten, ends 2020 with record €290 million turnover

A business' annual reflection is usually limited to reporting figures. And trying to explain why volumes and prices developed as they did. However, 2020 was a year of so much more than statistics, writes Coöperatie Hoogstraten director, Hans Vanderhallen. "We started the year ambitiously. Coöperatie…

Paul Demyttenaere, REO Veiling

"Despite COVID we are ending 2020 with 207 million turnover"

Despite the corona crisis, REO Veiling will close the year 2020 with an annual turnover of 207 million Euro. “This means a decrease in turnover of 0.4% compared to the record year 2019, but we are still at the right level. In addition, it is important that we see further volume growth of approximately…

Industry association welcomes communications coordinator

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) announced that Andrea Ortega has joined the organization as a communications coordinator. Ortega, a local native to the…

AHDB

The importance of collaboration for a sustainable future

Cambs Farms Growers Ltd is part of the G’s Growers Group. It is a family-owned business in East Anglia, growing salad and vegetables, with over 60 years’ experience. Rob Parker is the leafy crops manager, and responsible for over 1,000 ha of their iceberg and little gem crop in the UK, as well as the…

Australis Capital

US (NV): Australis Capital to acquire ALPS

Australis Capital and ALPS have entered into a non-binding term sheet whereby AUSA is to acquire 51% of the issued and outstanding shares of ALPS, with an option to purchase the remaining 49%.   "ALPS is and has continued to be a profitable and now rapidly growing global leader in design, construction management and…

Claude Dulude joins Sollum Technologies

Canada: horticulture lighting company presents new director

Sollum Technologies is excited to announce that Mr. Claude Dulude will be joining its board of directors. He is also be a member of the audit committee. “As demand for our…

logistic specialists

Taks Handling Systems takes over Buitendijk Slaman

Taks Handling Systems is a company with logistic solutions for the greenhouse horticulture market. With the recent takeover of Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility and now of Buitendijk Slaman, the company has taken the first steps in its chosen growth strategy. Arie Meeuwissen will also become Managing Director…

"The campaign is aimed at EU decision makers to boost support for the sector"

Freshfel Europe launches their new campaign

Today Freshfel Europe has launched their flagship campaign for 2021: #SpeakUp4FruitVeg. The digital campaign will be at the forefront of Freshfel Europe’s activities throughout the upcoming year to celebrate and support the 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. Freshfel Europe’s new campaign…

US Greenhouse grower presents two new board members

AppHarvest today announced the hiring of Christopher Scott as executive vice president and head of enterprise development. He will be responsible for overseeing the…

New senior technical sales consultant Belgium for Bosman Van Zaal

Peter Dewaegheneire recently joined Bosman Van Zaal from Aalsmeer as senior technical sales consultant for the Belgian market. From now on he is the first point of contact for…

Canadian AgTech company selected for Canadian Technology Accelerator Program in Mexico

Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. is pleased to announce that it has beenselected to participate in the Canadian Technology Accelerator (“CTA”) Cohort Program in Mexico focused on…

New Grab-N-Go bags for hot peppers see popularity in niche markets

This year, importer Delina Fresh has been seeing an interesting growth in the Latin and Oriental markets in the United States. The company imports a wide variety of products from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil and the Dominican Republic and has year-round programs for all of their products. The…

Leonardo’s Produce joins FreshEdge

Leonardo’s Produce (“Leonardo’s”), a distributor of fresh produce and specialty products, joined FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies backed by Rotunda…

New company joins Veggies From Mexico Community

Last December, the farming company S.P.R. El Nazario S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V. obtained its Eleven Rivers Growers Distinction, 1.0.3 version, for being in compliance with food safety, social responsibility, and sustainability standards, adhering to the criteria of level: BEYOND. Agrícola El Nazario is part…

Edinburgh-based agritech business appoints Chief Operating Officer

IGS, the Edinburgh-headquartered agritech and smart spaces business is gearing up for significant growth in 2021 as it welcomes aboard Andrew Lloyd as Chief Operating Officer.…

UbiQD announces $7M in Series A funding

US (NM): Investment to scale deployment of quantum dot technology in agriculture and energy

UbiQD has closed a $7M Series A funding round. The round was co-led by Scout Ventures and Keiretsu Forum, with key participation from Sun Mountain Capital, Epic Ventures, Plug and Play Ventures, Arcview Collective Fund, and others. UbiQD partner, Nanosys, also joined the round as a strategic investor.…

VIB acquires CropDesign site from BASF

VIB, a life sciences institute in Flanders, has signed an agreement with BASF to acquire its CropDesign site in Nevele, Belgium. VIB and CropDesign have had a close scientific relationship for more than 15 years. CropDesign, currently part of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division, was established in…

Agritecture offers answers regarding urban farming solutions

"The push for urban farming solutions has only intensified"

With significant population growth and urbanization both underway and projected across the globe, the push for urban farming solutions has only intensified. The search for innovative solutions has generated many questions surrounding best agricultural practices and how to build a sustainable urban farm.…

Cooperation Vlamings Agro Groep & Profytodsd

Vlamings Agro Groep and Profytodsd are pleased to announce that they will be working together more intensively from now on. The cooperation will take shape in a mutual participation. Both companies share the same vision for the future: a broad approach, in which growers are supported with knowledge,…

Lobello cherry plum tomato wins Flavor of the Year award in Spain for the third consecutive year

The Lobello plum cherry tomato, produced and marketed by Caparrós Nature, has received the Flavor of the Year award for the third consecutive year in 2021. This award is…

Survey to provide insight on emerging indoor farming trends and challenges now live

Allison Kopf, CEO of Artemis said, "We’re looking forward to learning how growers are facing new challenges such as COVID-19. In the past, expansion was one of the prime goals for growers and we’ve asked some new questions around the topic. We will be sharing even more information related to technology…

AP Holland scaling up after first year in new building

On 1 November 2019, AP Holland moved to its new premises at in De Lier, The Netherlands. There they started the 2020 season in good spirits and many trucks were loaded, mostly for the larger projects in Russia. This year the Dutch greenhouse builder wants to continue this with a rejuvenated team, a…

Adapt8 brings Louver manufacturing back to US

"Pandemic-related supply chain delays spur production change"

Adapt8, maker of durable and efficient greenhouse and agricultural products, brought the manufacturing of louvers used in Adapt8 greenhouse kits, sheds and other outbuildings…

Who will win in indoor agriculture?

According to Allison Kopf, CEO of Artemis, there are five ways big players will enter indoor agriculture. "The indoor agriculture (both greenhouse and vertical farming) market is one of the fastest-growing industries. Big companies in agriculture and technology are trying to figure out ways to capitalize…

Azura Group

Azura Group puts 100% CO₂-neutrality on tomato packaging

By the end of 2020, the tomato production of ‘farm to fork’ by the Azura Group will be one hundred percent CO₂-neutral. According to the family-run French-Moroccan company, one of the main players in vegetable- and fruit production, their company will be the first in the world to produce with one hundred…

expansion of global presence in 2021 producing and increasing sales team locally

New horizons for ARaymond Agriculture with new Russian dependance

2021 looks set to be an exciting year for ARaymond Agriculture as the French company expands its global presence with the launch of local production in Russia. With over 3000 hectares dedicated to greenhouse production across the country, the greenhouse sector is a rapidly growing market in Russia and…

Mefus & Frisch sees potential for vacuum-cooling systems in the German fruit and vegetable sector

"We're working closely with Weber Cooling to find new vacuum-cooling methods"

Vacuum-cooling has become standard practice in the vegetable sector. The German family business, Mefus & Frisch, advises on and supplies these systems. They've been doing so for German clients for almost ten years. They work closely with their supplier, Weber Cooling. However, according to Gerhard and…

Horticoop appoints Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen CEO

Coöperatief Koninklijk Tuinbouwcentrum Horticoop has pleasure in announcing that Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen will be starting in his role of CEO on the 1st of January, 2021. He will be leading the Horticoop transition, taking over control from the cooperative’s board, which currently still comprises five…

iBio Appoints Dr. Martin B. Brenner as Chief Scientific Officer

iBio, Inc., a biotech innovator and biologics contract manufacturing organization, today announced the appointment of Martin B. Brenner, DVM, Ph.D., as its Chief Scientific…

Key patent protection for on-site peroxide generation technology

HPNow announced that the European Patent Office has issued European Patent No. 3430182 granting it protection for key technology breakthroughs in direct electrochemical peroxide generation. HPNow’s core technology is direct electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from electricity, water and air.…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast LLC:

"This year will certainly hold one or two more challenges for all of us"

The bekuplast company, a leading supplier of reusable plastic containers, has faced previously unknown challenges as a result of the Corona pandemic last year. However, due to the broad product range in both the food and non-food sectors, the impact was less severe than initially feared, says Key Account…

Public-private partnership grows Kenya’s agriculture fortunes in a tough year

Kenya’s agriculture has beaten the odds of a difficult 2020 to end on a high, having registered one of the best growth trajectories across key segments in a long time. Indeed these fortunes can be attributed to a fairly good weather and unprecedented coordination in delivery of inputs and services as…

Greenhouses offer option for hands-on learning

Many schools, colleges and universities are building greenhouses for their students and faculty to use. Northside Learning Center High School in Chicago and Radford University…

Valoya appoints a VP Sales North America

Valoya continues its growth trajectory with the addition of VP Sales North America, Mr. Wes Eaton. With extensive experience in horticulture and business development, Mr. Eaton will be tasked with driving Valoya’s growth in the North American market even further. Having worked in sales of two…

Fresh wasabi, grown in England

As an exotics specialist, Bud Holland already boasts a wide assortment of unusual products. However, this Dutch company is always on the lookout for unique, new items to add to their range. They have had fresh wasabi, grown in England, on offer for about six or seven years already. "This British farm has been cultivating watercress…

Off to 2021 with a smile and a Jerusalema dance

As a merry close of 2020, the Green Innovators Group did a Jerusalema Challange. At for instance Bosman Van Zaal in Aalsmeer (NL) and Kenia en Montera Techniek, they danced away and had some fun. Off to 2021. 

Organic grower unveils newly renovated greenhouses in Mexico

Wholesum, Fairtrade-certified grower and shipper of organic produce, inaugurated its newly renovated tomato greenhouses at Wholesum Farms Pacific. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 9th in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The event consisted of a virtual live stream on the company’s…

US: Online grocery delivery companies recruit extra staff to cope with spike in demand

FDA warns Amazon's Whole Foods Market for misbranding food productsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday it has issued a warning letter to Amazon.com Inc’s Whole Foods Market for not labeling some products for the presence of food allergens, which led to a series of product recalls.…

Kevin Watson new Compliance Officer for Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (Arizona LGMA) has issued a statement saying it is pleased to welcome Kevin Watson as its new LGMA compliance officer. In this role,…

US: Walmart unveils new product return service

Walmart unveils new product return serviceWalmart Inc said on Monday it had launched a service through which customers can schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store or from a third-party vendor. The service, called Carrier Pickup by FedEx, can be initiated either on the Walmart app or…

A new third generation at pulsFOG

Mathias Stahl takes over the management of pulsFOG. Since 1948 the Stahl family has pioneered the thermal and cold fogging industry. In 1968, after two decades of producing and perfecting thermal foggers, Dr. Stahl and his son Werner Stahl, who was just 27 at the time, founded pulsFOG. After 50 years at…

Horticoop appoints Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen CEO

Coöperatief Koninklijk Tuinbouwcentrum Horticoop announces that Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen will be starting in his role of CEO on the 1st of January, 2021. He will be leading the Horticoop transition, taking over control from the cooperative's Board, which currently still comprises five members, headed by…

Kalera

Kalera plans to construct a 75,000 sq. ft. farm

New Columbus farm to bring innovation and job opportunities

“With most of the nation’s greens grown on the West Coast, we’re thrilled to be able to provide Midwest customers year-round access to hyper-local produce. With our centrally located farm facility, we are able to reduce travel times from days and weeks to mere hours,” said Daniel Malechuk, Kalera CEO.  “Many…

Urban Crop Solutions appoints new sales manager for North American operations

Urban Crop Solutions appointments Doug Gamble as their North American Sales Manager. Doug has spent over 25 years in management, sales, and business development roles and is glad to bring his entrepreneurial experience and spirit to the position. He joins UCS from the more traditional side of…

expected production around 100,000 tons of ammonia per year

Saipem to build an Ammonia plant for Haifa Group in Israel

Haifa Group and Saipem have signed a contract worth over 200 million USD for the building of a long-awaited ammonia plant at Mishor Rotem site. The contract was signed during an online ceremony in the presence of Haifa Group CEO, Motti Levin, Haifa Group board member and project leader, Dr. Eli Abramov,…

US: Amazon slams Walmart for not paying workers $15 per hour

Amazon, Kroger & Walmart boosted by 'once in a lifetime' convergence of online retail, grocery buysAs COVID-19 continues to reshape spending patterns, CFRA analyst Arun Sundaram found that the biggest winners have become one-stop shop retailers like Amazon, Albertsons, Kroger and Walmart. Along with a…

Leen van der Zwan, R. Van der Zwan Transport

"Getting to the other side in an hour and 15 minutes no longer an option for now"

It is busy at the moment on the road to the United Kingdom. Many companies seem to want to quickly transfer their products to the other side before Brexit. “It is especially busy in the direction of the Eurotunnel,” comments Leen van der Zwan, of R. Van der Zwan transport from Westland. The company specializes…

Jan-Willem Passer, Karpack:

Construction starts on new building for Karpack in Roosendaal

  On Wednesday, the first pile for the new Karpack Verpakkingen building went into the ground at Roosendaal on the Borchwerf. Director Jan-Willem Passer symbolically drove the first pole into the ground together with his son Ralph (8). Once the expansion is in place, scheduled for September 2021, it will add 14,000…

COAG denounces irregularities in the payment of tariffs on Moroccan agricultural products

"Spanish and French ports are an uncontrolled gateway for fruit and vegetables from third countries"

The Coordinator of Agricultural Producer and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has submitted a formal complaint to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), claiming to have indications of the existence of an alleged fraudulent network set up to avoid the payment of customs duties on agricultural imports from…

€1.8 mln investment at Flynn's Irish Tomatoes

MF Nurseries, trading as Flynn's Irish Tomatoes, is to spend €1.8 mln on a major expansion of its tomato growing facility at Balheary, Swords in County Dublin. The company's…

Fall Creek adds to professional board of directors

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery company, announces that Tom Blaser has joined its professional board of directors. Most recently,…

Cambridge HOK appoints new head department

“I’m excited to be joining CambridgeHOK as I have been highly impressed with the quality of projects the business is involved in and leading on at present, and in particular at how it has been pushing the boundaries and innovating in the food and fruit growing sector,” Ian MacKenzie said. Cambridge HOK…


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