Remote Monitored signs hydroponics supply agreement with PIC consultants

Remote Monitored Systems PLC said Monday that it has signed an agreement with PIC Consultants Ltd. to supply high-grade retail hydroponics nutrients for distribution in the…

UK: New irrigation system leads to high strawberry yields

2020 was a record year for strawberry yields at the Water Efficient Technology Centre (WET Centre), based at NIAB EMR in Kent, UK. The WET Centre is an extensive research and demonstration facility that features a portfolio of innovative growing techniques and smart irrigation systems for the soft fruit…

Shenandoah Growers names Dr. Tessa Pocock as Chief Science Officer

Shenandoah Growers, Inc., has announced that Dr. Tessa Pocock has joined the company as Chief Science Officer, following the transition of Robert Hoffman to CSO Emeritus,…

Strategies for post-pandemic hiring in the horticulture industry

Rethinking hiring in horticulture

Are you excited at the prospect of increased demand for our industry over the next few years? But, on the other hand, are you concerned that we will struggle to supply material to meet consumer demand? You are not alone in these thought processes. Most companies are identifying areas to invest increased…

Henk Verbakel appointed to AVAG Board

Henk Verbakel, CEO of Havecon Horticultural Projects and partner in horticultural consortium Atrium Agri has been appointed to the board of the sector association for horticultural technology, AVAG. This announcement was made on Tuesday 22 June, during the AVAG general meeting of members. Henk Verbakel…

students earn CombiCoins while working at CombiVliet

"Game makes working in the greenhouse more attractive and fun"

How many CombiCoins did you get today? These days, this is a common question among students in the greenhouses of tomato grower CombiVliet. In consultation with the students and with the help of an application developer, the company developed a game to make working in the greenhouse more attractive and…

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CuteSolar presents:

Europe's green and healthy fruit and vegetable garden

The solar greenhouses in southeastern Spain are one of the most important areas for the production of fruits and vegetables for the European market. A total of approximately 4.5 million tons of fruit and vegetables are grown there each year. Of these, around 75% are destined for the European domestic…

Finn Farms begins production at Babcock Ranch

From seeds to your table, there’s a one-of-a-kind prototype greenhouse in Southwest Florida. “This is controlled environment agriculture at its best,” said Oskari Kariste, founder and CEO of Finn Farms at Babcock Ranch. What exactly does that mean? To break it down, the greenhouse is about the size of a…

CEA producers join to support data-driven USDA project

Four agricultural producers have joined with nonprofit Resource Innovation Institute (RII) under the banner of its USDA Conservation Innovation Grant-funded project: Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture. AppHarvest (Ky.) and Revol Greens (Texas)…

Hybrid event on 2-3 September in Munich, Germany

International vertical farming and new food systems conference

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) in official partnership with the German State of Bavaria through its Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy…

Australis changes name to Audacious Brands

Australis Capital will operate under the name Audacious Brands.  The Company has decided to rename its operations focused on the U.S. adult-use market to Audacious Brands. The Company's…

As India’s monsoon begins, growers can track crop impact

India’s critical monsoon season, now getting underway, affects different crops and regions across the country in various ways. Gro provides an array of resources and tools that allow users to track the monsoon’s impact on individual crops down to the district level.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD)…

Izal is suited for mid-cycle autumn and winter sowings

Sakata launches new Dutch cucumber variety

Izal is the new Dutch cucumber variety developed by Sakata, suited for mid-cycle autumn and winter sowings. Transplanting takes place between late August and early October. It stands out for the quality of its fruit, which remains stable and unbeatable throughout the cycle, and for the structure of its…

PO Ioppì from Sicily

Italian growers' organization launch new line

The Italian growers' association Ioppì, which groups together more than 120 market gardens in Sicily with a year-round range of fruit and vegetables, has been using technologically innovative procedures to improve its vegetable production for almost four years now, providing technical assistance to all…

Turnkey horticulture gets turnkey support for growth in Australia

With the growth of horticulture worldwide, companies are looking for ways to provide the best possible support for growers elsewhere. Since COVID, the term 'local' has been used more often. Setting up an entity abroad is one option. Dutch companies are increasingly opting for it, particularly in the…

Koppert invests in digital transformation

Koppert Biological Systems has acquired the Dutch artificial intelligence start-up company AgriAI to scale up and accelerate its digital transformation. The acquisition of…

Record degasification tank for Trias Westland

Step by step, the geothermal heat project Trias Westland is working towards taking the second source into use. To make that possible, a new degassing tank was recently installed. The two production wells of Trias will be connected to that tank. VB, which installed the tank together with Trias, says that…

Strawberries exported also to Switzerland and Austria

Successful business collaboration between Cesena and Sweden

It was a good year for strawberries grown in Romagna, at least according to the largest producer in the Cesena area (Forlì-Cesena). Antonio Benzi counts more than 600,000 plants and took stock of the campaign that has just ended. "Apart from last week, when the weather conditions affected the quality,…

More Dutch-corrugated cardboard products: "Soon, no need to turn customers away anymore"

The demand for corrugated cardboard has exploded in recent years. Were it up to Henk de Jong, the first corrugated cardboard would have rolled off the machines in a new factory this month. He owns De Jong Verpakkingen in the Netherlands. But COVID-19, nitrogen, and PFAS threw a spanner in the works.…

Pandemic boosts folding box production in Belgium

The COVID-19 year was very good for the retail sector. And rising sales benefited the packaging industry. "Folded box production for the retail sector has increased tremendously. More and more companies are switching from plastic to cardboard packaging too. That's, of course, great for us," says Veerle…

European Commission asked to act against non-application EU-Morocco agreement

Today, Fruit Vegetables EUROPE (EUCOFEL), the PDO Tomatoes of France, FEPEX and DPA have sent a joint letter to the president, Von der Leyen, and to the commissioners…

Fields & farms: green pasture farm

Amy takes us on a tour of Green Pasture Farm in Chuckey, Tennessee to learn about the operation that includes hydroponic lettuce and tomato plants. 

High-tech indoor farm to expand to Central Appalachia

AppHarvest today announced the start of construction for two new high-tech indoor farms in Central Appalachia. The company’s new farms, located in Somerset and Morehead, Ky., will grow berries and leafy greens, respectively. The high-tech Somerset farm marks the company’s expansion into growing berry…

PlantTape announces promotions

"With significant labor shortages on the farm, automation is taking over the agricultural industry"

PlantTape®, an automated transplanting system, announces the promotion of Lance Portman to president and Hunter Smith to vice president of agriculture and sales. The two promotions provide the company with ample support for continued growth within the United States and globally. “Both Lance and Hunter…

"The viewer gets a feel for our company in 1.5 minutes"

Last year Robbert and Maurijn Duijndam took over the helm at Duijndam Machines as the next generation. Where father Bert started with the sale of a sprout harvester, the machine market today also demands online action. A good reason for the second generation in the family business to launch an animated…

Telangana Today

IN: Barton Breeze plans to set hydroponic farms in Hyderabad

Controlled environment agriculture specialist company Barton Breeze has plans to set up hydroponics farms in Hyderabad as part of the expansion of its operations in South India. It wants to set up about 4 acres initially in Hyderabad and later expand, said Shivendra Singh, Founder, Barton Breeze. The…

USDA PACA updates

The USDA has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the…

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Take a peak in the Revolution Farms Greenhouse

Revolution Farms, a lettuce farm in Michigan, expanded its greenhouse two acres by two acres in June 2021. Tam Serage, head grower, said the upgrade would allow the farm to triple its lettuce production, reaching up to 1.5 million pounds a year. The most unique part? The greenhouse implemented new…

US: New director begins at Lettuce Dream

After a successful four years at the helm that has seen Lettuce Dream continue to expand in reach and impact, Charlie Clodfelter is moving on and the organization is welcoming a new director, Jennie Moore.Moore becomes the third director of the nonprofit that provides career education and grows community…

Covid-19 as a wake-up call to UAE's food production sector

The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a wake-up call for the UAE, a nation that imports over 90 percent of its food. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change…

FruitHydroSinni has a great project for the United Arab Emirates

FruitHydroSinni, an Italian company specializing in the production and commercialization of fresh and processed products from hydroponic and aeroponic crops, has decided to expand beyond the European border, to the United Arab Emirates in particular. A first experimental phase may turn into a great…

Sollum technologies appoints new chief financial officer

Sollum Technologies is pleased to welcome Paul-Henri Rouleau to the team as chief financial officer. "Paul-Henri has an impressive track record with significant achievements in investment, financing and management at organizations such as Desjardins Capital and the National Bank of Canada, as well as…

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InnerPlant closes $5.65M pre + seed round

Developing living plant sensors to ask farmers for what they need

InnerPlant, a company that develops living plant sensors, today announces its successful $5.65 M seed + pre-seed funding led by MS&AD Ventures, the investment arm of the Japanese insurance titan MS&AD Insurance Group, with participation from Bee Partners, Up West, and TAU Ventures. The investment opens…

Powerplants expands Priva technical capabilities

With multiple technicians and Partners across Australia and New Zealand, Powerplants is committed to supporting customers, maintaining their status as one of the only Priva Full-Service Providers in the world. The latest addition to the team, Chris Kotze, is a keen horticulturalist boasting 10 years of…

USDA restricts PACA violators and lifts reparation sanctions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased…

Imports of organic agri-food products decreased slightly between 2019 and 2020

The EU consumes more and more organic products but imports fewer volumes

The "'EU imports of organic agri-food products: Key developments in 2020' report, published recently by the European Commission, reveals that even though the EU market for…

Lively orders and good quotations for Matera strawberries

"Being able to harvest around 12 tons of strawberries a day in mid-June without having to worry about placing them is a true victory. In just a few months, the Matera® brand has managed to get noticed on both the general markets and domestic big retail chains and orders are not diminishing despite the…

United Fresh looks forward to working on new grant programs

Yesterday, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced $4 billion to ag producers and businesses in Round II of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. As part of the $4…

Ready-to-eat tomato formats: Gazpacho and salmorejo

Artesur, the food brand from Cordoba, and Carlos Rios, a dietitian and nutritionist who created the Realfooding movement, have launched the first Realfooding gazpacho and the first 100% natural Realfooding Salmorejo. Artesur's Realfooding Gazpacho and Salmorejo. These products are made with fresh vegetables…

Re-Nuble and Ketos partner to provide on-site food waste recovery

Helping soilless growers become fully circular

Re-Nuble has announced a new strategic partnership with water innovator Ketos today, providing soilless farms across the United States with an on-site food waste recovery…

Lakeland Fresh Farms earns non-GMO verification

Lakeland Fresh Farms, a local producer of hydroponically grown greens, today announced that all of its products are now verified as non-GMO through The Non-GMO Project. The verified seal assures shoppers that every product from Lakeland Fresh Farms has completed a comprehensive third-party verification…

Idroterm Serre

New irrigation boom for greenhouse irrigation

"Agriculture 4.0 definitely presents many advantages in terms of sustainability and economic and environmental efficiency. Even though it may seem difficult to apply for those who are used to employing traditional methods, digitally managed crops are growing rapidly in greenhouses where the environment…

Certhon expands further in North America

"We are working to realize a stable presence in the United States"

While celebrating its 125 years of existence this year, Certhon is far from done developing and expanding within the horticultural market. There have been a lot of developments for the company in the last few years. For example, Certhon established its own Innovation Center to research the optimization…

Richi Menoyo, of Agroatlas: "Our first air-shipped mangoes are arriving from Mexico"

Tension between Morocco and Spain tops off a difficult year for the bean industry

The tension between Morocco and Spain has topped off a year of great complexity in which the weather, the health crisis, or the increase in costs, among other challenges, have forced exporting companies to show their resilience. One of them is Agroatlas and its Moroccan subsidiary Nature Growers, which specialized…

Research Signify and Fragaria Innova into growing strawberries with LED bears fruits

Signify has worked together with Fragaria Innova to develop specific light recipes for strawberries, resulting in a steady production pattern with high yield, and good quality strawberries in wintertime. The joint research over the past year helps to further optimize the winter production of the…

United Fresh announces return to in-person Washington conference

Members of the produce industry will join together at the 2021 Annual Washington Conference taking place September 20-22 in-person at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. “After…

Biotalys announces results of Evoca trials

"Our field trial has demonstrated value of our protein-based biofungicide product"

Biotalys announced the strong performance of its first protein-based biocontrol Evoca in its product testing program. Next to the confirmation of the product’s efficacy, the…

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AppHarvest completes deal with Rabo AgriFinance to fuel expansion

AppHarvest today announced it has completed a deal with Rabo AgriFinance, a subsidiary of Rabobank, to secure $75 million to fuel the expansion of its rapidly growing network of high-tech controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities in Central Appalachia. Under the credit facility, AppHarvest has…

Leading the way discovering rugose virus resistance

Vineland’s greenhouse tomatoes on-the-vine (TOVs) breeding program – the only one of its kind in Canada – has focused since 2013 on developing high-yielding varieties with…

Gerrit van Gelder about Experience Center opening in the Netherlands:

"This is where the industry can be inspired regarding healthy food"

The time's finally come – the Dutch company, Van Gelder Groente en Fruit's Experience Center is open. This is where the industry can be inspired about what's possible with healthy food. "Visitors are welcome daily from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00. They can dive into the world of healthy…

Highlighting the potential of Dutch horticulture in vertical farming

“The Dutch are falling behind when it comes to vertical farming,” says Judith van Heck, Community Builder at Indoor Farming Nederland. “As we’re so tremendously good at greenhouse growing there is relatively less interest in building vertical farms in the Netherlands. In comparison to countries such as…

OASIS Grower Solutions

OASIS Grower Solutions launches Horticubes AeroMax

Designing future-proof substrate for CEA

“I believe that Horticubes® AeroMax will be the most relevant substrate in the industry,” says Dr. Vijay Rapaka, global research manager at OASIS® Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, about Horticubes AeroMax. This substrate is engineered for the precision growing of young plants for…

Collaboration of Agropak and Flier Systems

"Serving the future needs in the expansion of local Russian vegetable production"

Both Agropak and Flier Systems are delighted to announce that a new collaboration has originated. Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 measures, a joint contract signing moment was not possible. It has been handled via Teams. Both Flier Systems and Agropak would like to express their view on the new…

Van der Valk lifts production of rail console to a higher level

Rail consoles are an important part of today's air mechanics systems. They are the guides for the push/pull tubes. The increased demand for the clamp version of the rail console from Van der Valk Horti Systems presented the company with the challenge of easily producing larger and cheaper volumes, but…

Ewout and Wibo Valstar sell greenhouse

"After having grown for over 60 years, it's time for new challenges"

Pepper growers Ewout and Wibo Valstar from De Lier are selling their company to fellow pepper grower Kwekerij Overgraag. This was decided this last May. The growers from De Lier wanted to sell their greenhouse on the Hooflaan to a pepper grower and managed to successfully do so (within a week). Within one…

Icelandic Lambhagi on a hydroponic adventure

Early in 2020, Lambaghi, Iceland’s largest grower of fresh lettuce and leafy greens, implemented an expansion of its operations. Since their existing setup consisted of the Ellepot Propagation System for Hydroponics, the company’s new expansion, a 20,000 square meter complex, features the new Ellepot…

Belgian biotech company Biotalys listed on Brussels stock exchange

Ghent-based biotech company Biotalys will soon be listed on the Brussels stock exchange. With the listing, the company, a supplier of  biological control of plant fungi and insects,…

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Seed keepers in Turkey revive old farming methods to confront new climate threats

Huseyin Kara introduces each crop on his farm in southern Turkey with the pride of a new grandfather. Three types of okra, beans, and tomatoes grow happily from the dry, crusty earth. In a nearby garden, trees blossom with young figs, lemons, and pomegranates. Each comes from a line of seeds saved after…

Moleaer’ secures $9M series B funding led by S2G Ventures

Moleaer announced today it has closed a $9M Series B fundraise led by S2G Ventures’ Oceans and Seafood Fund and joined by existing investors, ADM Capital’s Cibus Enterprise…

"Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in energy transition"

The energy transition brings a lot of challenges. "Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in the acceleration of this process," the team with AgroEnergy says. How this is done is made clear in their new animated video. Because weather-dependent electricity production using wind and solar has been…

Fluence launches RAZR modular system to support vertical farming

"Our LEDS offer a proven spectrum for propagation and vertical cultivation of all greens”

Fluence today released its RAZR Modular System, the company’s newest LED solution for vertical farmers featuring efficacies of 2.6 µmol/J under Fluence’s PhysioSpec™ BROAD R3 white spectrum. “Vertical farmers are fueling some of the greatest innovations in modern crop production,” said David Cohen, CEO…

US: VetaNova acquires 157 acre greenhouse complex in Colorado

VetaNova announced today it has acquired 157 acres greenhouse complex, which will be developed into a solar-powered vertical growing facility to provide year-round farm fresh fruits and vegetables to local outlets in Colorado. The Avondale Complex currently has a 90,000 sq. ft. computer-controlled…

Collaboration Royal Brinkman and ADI

New data collection technique for automated scouting

This week, Royal Brinkman and ADI have confirmed their collaboration to bring a new data collection technique for integrated crop protection to the market. Central to this is the use of a camera system mounted on the spray boom. This cooperation gives growers access to a new tool for detecting crop…

Midwest Pure Greens expands with new investor

"This new greenhouse model will withstand the test of time"

Pure Green Farms, the Midwest hydroponic greenhouse which had its official launch earlier this year, announced this week they will be moving forward with their expansion plans after taking on a new investor, Paul J. Mastronardi. Mastronardi chose to invest in Pure Green Farms because of the technology of…

Wilko Wisse receives liaison role at RVO

This month, Wilko Wisse started as Advisor for Glasshouse Horticulture with the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). In doing so, he is taking the step from (tomato) business to government. At RVO they have noticed recently that there are more and more issues specifically centering around…

Palesa Motaung – Agrikool

Young minds see the value in South Africa’s informal fresh traders

This past weekend informal traders in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal received some unexpected help: Agrikool, an agri startup, and some volunteers were out on the streets with them as part of the Adopt-an-Informal Trader initiative, helping traders sell and immersing themselves in the daily reality of…

Sunset takes multiple first place awards during Leamington Greenhouse Competition

At this year’s 14th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition Sunset earned the most awards, including the most first place awards, during the two-day competition. Sunset® saw…

UK 'Pick For Britain' scheme failed to recruit British volunteers

The British government spent more than £30,000 promoting the failed Pick For Britain scheme, some say. Farmers could not recruit the 60,000 British volunteers needed to save…

State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture deals with forward-looking concepts Dreamstime

Germany: Indoor farm in Munich announced

"When we think of the agriculture of the future, we have to be open to new concepts. In the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG), we have proven…

Freshfel Europe celebrates 20th anniversary plus International Year of Fruit and Vegetables

Freshfel Europe recently held its online annual event, celebrating its 20th anniversary and the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables 2021. The annual event, which was…

Alquimi Renewables and Island Growers Caribbean enter partnership

Making the Caribbean region less dependant from food imports

Alquimi Renewables and its farming operations group Island Growers Caribbean formalized a strategic investment partnership this week that will underpin an aggressive expansion strategy across the Caribbean islands. Under the new Berry Tree Limited investment fund established in Trinidad & Tobago, Alquimi…

TomaTech appoints new VP sales and marketing

TomaTech announces the appointment of Paul Van Dijck as its new VP Sales & Marketing. Paul brings with him over 25 years of experience of heated glasshouse in diverse roles in the vegetable crops business, such as having been a grower himself, crop marketing specialist, and sales manager in Enza Zaden.…

Announcing the passing of A.M.A. founder Allen Monsma

It is with great sadness that A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. announces the passing of company founder, Allen (Eelke) Monsma, at age 87. Allen died suddenly yet peacefully on June 10th in hospital, surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Monsma, and his daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Rick…

The Prince of Wales opens pioneering UK CO₂ capture facility

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales opened J V Energen’s newly installed CO2 capture facility near the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury development in Dorset on 9 June, where green CO₂ is supplied to their new joint venture business BioCarbonics Ltd, having been captured from a full-scale Anaerobic…

Rainbow Kleinpak receives the first voucher against food waste

Pepper sorter and packager Rainbow Kleinpak receives the first voucher against food waste. With this, the company from the Dutch town of De Lier invests in a business case to process pepper waste in a higher-quality manner. A variety of organizations are involved in the project. Together with the Dutch…

Building a sustainable crop protection business

Belchim Crop Protection acquired by Japanese company

Mitsui & Co. has completed its acquisition of Belchim Crop Protection following the transfer of the remaining 32% of shares held by Belchim Management NV/SA. Mitsui’s holding…

Taks Handling Systems supplies expansion of the Schenkeveld packaging line

"Good relationship does not automatically guarantee a good assignment"

Tomato grower Schenkeveld chooses Taks Handling Systems again for the expansion of its packaging line. Schenkeveld is building a 44-hectare greenhouse complex in Rijsenhout, the Netherlands, with a greenhouse in each wind direction. Phase 3 'South' and Phase 4 'West' are now under construction. The total…

The International Taste Institute distinguished the Spanish firm's fresh tomato juice, flavored tomato juice, and guacamole

Three products from Bonnysa were awarded the Superior Taste Award

Bonnysa participated with three products in the recent tasting carried out by the International Taste Institute and all of them were awarded the Superior Taste Award. The company's classic fresh tomato juice flavor, freshness, and differential flavor achieved high scores in the tasting and was awarded…

Specialty raspberries and strawberries return for summer

This summer, Driscoll’s will help berry lovers kick off a sweet season with the return of Rosé Berries™ – blush-colored strawberries and raspberries – and its Sweetest Batch™ strawberries and raspberries, each selected for their extra-sweet flavor profiles. Available in both strawberry and raspberry…

Sakata Seed America welcomes new melon breeder

Sakata Seed America recently welcomed Mark Frahm to its growing research and development team as the company’s melon breeder. Mark joins a team of passionate and innovative…

CEO Joe Pezzini to step down from Ocean Mist Farms

Ocean Mist Farms has announced that CEO/President, Joe Pezzini will step down from this role effective June 30, 2021. Mr. Pezzini has been a consistent face and voice of this…

APS Produce

UK tomato grower welcomes Aldi deal

A tomato grower from Cheshire has welcomed the impact of its partnership with Aldi. APS Produce started supplying goods to the supermarket in 2010. Now it delivers more than…

Dole signs strategic cooperation agreement with Syngenta China MAP

On the fifth of June, or World Environment Day, Syngenta Group and Dole authorized Syngenta Group MAP for in-depth information exchange and exploration of opportunities in plantation, strategic crop retail, farms, technological services, and digitized agriculture. Qin hengde, president of Syngenta Group…

Internal vaccination rate at over 50

German substrate supplier vaccinates against COVID-19

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group has launched its own vaccination campaign. In the course of the first round, more than 100 employees received the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The aim is to achieve the highest possible vaccination rate. Weeks ago, Klasmann-Deilmann's Corona Crisis Team had already prepared…

OpusMAX secures organic status

BPS Agriculture’s now OMRI Listed for U.S. & Canada

BPS Agriculture’s proprietary carrier technology, OpusMAX®, has attained Organic Material Research Institute (OMRI) listing for the United States and Canada, with anticipated…

"For a lot of companies, the key trends that we looked at stayed true"

PMA Australia-New Zealand's State of the Industry report discussed at Hort Connections

Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand's CEO told Hort Connections that while the COVID-19 pandemic has provided many disruptions, some key Australian fresh produce consumer trends have not changed significantly. Discussing the organisation's State of the Industry report, three key members…

Jérôme Lebecque appointed as CEO of IFG Cresco/Phormium

Since the beginning of May, Jérôme Lebecque has taken up the position of CEO of IFG Cresco, part of the Swedish PLC Duroc Group. IFG Cresco, mainly known in the market with the Phormium brand, is a leading global player in the field of screens for greenhouses, heavy-duty fabrics for the mushroom…

New general manager at Meteor Horticultural Systems, Canada

Meteor Systems Canada will be strengthened by a new experienced management team who will continue and expand on the success of past years. The position of General Manager is held by Neil Quiring. He will take care of the sales activities and is responsible for the entire branch. He will be supported by…

Ground broken on new 25-acre greenhouse in Exeter

Mastronardi Produce, and Rhode Island Grows, a family-owned farming operation spanning three states, have broken ground on the construction of a 25-acre greenhouse in Exeter, Rhode Island. “This facility will use Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) to provide environmentally sustainable,…

Irrigation system fully installed at 25-acre pepper greenhouse

After a very successful project in 2017, Under Sun Acres has now completed phase two of a new 25-acre state-of-the-art glass pepper greenhouse range. This project was made in conjunction with a new natural gas co-gen station to supply power to the grid while using the heat and CO2 produced in the…

Lauvsnes Gartneri installs GreenCap Solutions' CO2 capturing system

Norwegian grower first to apply environment control system

Remixing the notorious Tomatsangen pop song is the smallest new project Lauvsnes Gartneri has undertaken this year. Expanding their hybrid LED system, for example, or capturing outside CO2 and bringing this in the greenhouse to improve plant growth are also on the agenda. Lauvsnes Gartneri is a tomato…

"We show that we are a grower"

"Tomate en estado puro" ("Tomato in its purest state"); with this slogan, Bonnysa is launching an advertising campaign to promote its fresh and natural grated tomato, which has once again won the Flavor of the Year award. The campaign will be on television with a spot showing the first day of a field laborer, who witnesses firsthand…

Awareness-raising action to make the situation of the Spanish agro-food sector more visible.

Coexphal warns about the consequences of marketing products of Moroccan origin

The Board of Directors of Coexphal has presented the awareness-raising initiative "Origen Marruecos" ("Origin Morocco"), which aims to address the situation suffered by the Spanish agro-food sector due to trade agreements with Morocco. It has been sparked by the current diplomatic and humanitarian crisis…

Focus will be on ethical and sustainable procurement strategies.

Kwik Lok names Maggie Brown Director of Global Supply Chain

Kwik Lok Corporation, headquartered in Yakima, Washington, has created a new position, Director of Global Supply Chain, to oversee strategic supply chain management with a…

€20 million investment in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Smurfit Kappa continues to increase its processing capacity in Europe with a new 20 M€ investment

Smurfit Kappa, a leading player in the paper and corrugated packaging sector, has announced investments totaling €20 million in four major projects that will increase its processing capacity in Europe. Three of these are in the Czech Republic, at the company's sites in Žebrák, Žimrovice and Olomouc, and…

Hermès presents bag collection made of real vegetables

The Hermès fashion brand is famous for creations like its exclusive Birkin bags. These bags are usually made of leather. But for the latest collection, designer Ben Denzer has used vegetables. The designer made three kinds. One's made of cabbage, one's cucumber, and the third one's green asparagus. The classic Hermès…

New branding for artisan line of fresh produce

Reflecting decades of sustainable innovation and hand-crafted expertise, Tanimura & Antle is rolling out new consumer-focused branding to support its premium Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Family of fresh produce and more clearly convey these attributes on the shelf. The new logo joins upgraded packaging with…

Gerard van Loon, The Greenery Italia

"Soft fruit becoming very popular in Italy"

Gerard van Loon immigrated from the Netherlands to Puglia, Italy a few years ago. He did so to build contacts with local growers for The Greenery Italia. He also wants to promote new varieties and explore and stimulate the Italian soft fruit market. Italy has a population of more than 60 million people.…

Power to peroxide: international chemical engineering team wins new horizon prize

A collaboration of scientists from around the world have been named the winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s new Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Horizon Prize: John Jeyes Award. Led by scientists at Imperial College London, Chalmers University, University of Copenhagen, Technical…

René Zwinkels, RKW Hyplast

“Many countries choose different greenhouse films because of expensive raw materials”

From expensive raw materials to transportation issues, René Zwinkels started his new job as Sales Manager Export at RKW Hyplast, a Belgian company that produces greenhouse films, five months ago and is immediately faced with some severe challenges. René Zwinkels of RKW Hyplast Customers choose different…

Towards a Greener Europe: how preserved fruit and vegetables help to sustain our food supply

As climate change starts to demonstrate its profound effects on our food production systems, there is a growing urgency to move towards a more sustainable food supply. The…

PUM Netherlands now partner of World Horti Center

World Horti Center (WHC) and PUM Netherlands senior experts (PUM) sign a partnership declaration and start collaborating. The aim of the collaboration is to strengthen both…

Mycorrhizal Applications hires new sales account manager

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently gained a new Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Sales Account Manager, Jeff Gabric. MA is the world’s leading supplier of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for these sustainable soil solutions, Jeff will support the continued…

Kind Technologies sells its pharmaceutical business

Dutch high-tech group Kind Technologies sells daughter company Vimec Applied Vision Technology. "We're allocating all resources on future growth to becoming a leader in computer vision, robotics, AI and data."  Safe harbourKind Technologies acquired Vimec Applied Vision Technology in 2014, a company active…

"Even with $160 million investment, we've struggled to securing funding"

Having secured $60 million in funding, Pure Harvest Smart Farms is looking to expand its operations into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, using advanced technology to bring food security to the arid Middle Eastern climate. Farming consumes huge amounts of water, leading to water scarcity even in temperate…

Growing media Europe welcomes new member from Belgium

Growing Media Europe (GME) has welcomed yet another new member! The Belgian company Group De Ceuster has joined the association as of June 2021 and will contribute to…

BvB Substrates becomes Delphy ISFC’s innovation partner

BVB Substrates is one of the substrate brands for professional growers of Kekkilä-BVB (global market leader in substrate production). BVB Substrates offers tailored blends…

UK: Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

Leaders from the horticulture sector have come together to write to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) backing the principles of the recently…

Event on September 2nd-3rd in Munich, Germany

Learning transfer from the cannabis industry to the vertical farming industry

The Association for Vertical Farming is organizing a webinar focusing on technical aspects and experience of the invited experts: Emil Breza is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of AgricUltra Advancements. Bringing together his interdisciplinary technical expertise and many years of product development and…

Platform to assess the impact of biostimulants on efficient water management launched

"This tool addresses the water shortage challenge facing growers now"

Tradecorp and Landlab have presented the Biotool Platform project to the Eurostars initiative. This innovative tool aims to measure the effect of biostimulants on plants and…

AU: Residue and crop safety trials to support registration submissions

Major Australian and New Zealand agricultural testing and research company, Staphyt, is currently involved in a number of key research and development projects in the agriculture industry and will be exhibiting at this year's Hort Connections in Brisbane. With over 40 years of experience as one of…

Reichenau-Gemüse looks back on challenging vegetable year 2020

Reichenau, June 2021. Sales slumps in the food service sector, but also the entry ban on harvest workers from other EU countries shortly before the start of the 2020 fresh…

"We look forward to expanding our energy efficient and sustainable system"

Ontario greenhouse installs combined heat power

With the demand for greenhouse-grown produce continuing to increase, DelFrescoPure is consistently looking for ways to become more sustainable. "Ensuring high-quality produce is available year-round. Implementing a Cogeneration power plant is the most efficient way to achieve that goal," they say. As of…

New salsas launched in time for summer

F&S Produce Co., makers of Sam’s Fresh Salsa, introduced two new line extensions this month: a “smooth” medium-heat Cantina Style Salsa and “delightfully zesty” Salsa Verde.…

EU invests in hemp start-up

The hemp start-up Becanex has received a second important project funding within two months: Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is supporting the company with project funding of €765,000 as part of its Pro FIT program. The company had previously received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics. The money will be used…

OPS 2021 first education session announcement

"Indoor agriculture is increasingly playing a more meaningful role in our fresh produce supply"

An examination and discussion of the burgeoning growth of indoor grown fresh produce, and its impact on organically grown fruits and vegetables will be the topic of the first of four educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2021. Growth of CEA and Its Impact on Organic Fresh Produce will feature…

New factory produces nitrates from manure

Van Iperen International and Pure Green Agriculture started operations of the world’s first factory, located in the Netherlands, to produce nitrates from manure. It aims to dramatically reduce nitrogen while producing sustainable and organic liquid nitrate fertilizers. Currently, governments and…

AgBiome hires new commercial team members

AgBiome announced the addition of four new team members to AgBiome’s commercial team. AgBiome’s commercial team is focused on product development, and distribution of its…

United Fresh, PMA name senior management team for new association

Future co-CEOs Cathy Burns of PMA and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named seven current association staff leaders as the senior management team for the new combined…

Certis USA announces brand chage

"Our new name reflects our outlook and product range"

Certis USA today announced a brand change to Certis Biologicals. The new brand acknowledges the importance of biological-based crop inputs to farmers around the globe and…

AgTech start-up pledges support to global reforestation project

"One tree planted for each sold product"

Light Science Technologies has announced a partnership with One Tree Planted that aims to plant millions of trees around the world for landscape restoration in 2021. For every light or sensor provided to its customers, LST will donate $1 to One Tree Planted to plant one tree and support projects that…

Bato becomes Delphy ISFC’s innovation partner

Bato Plastics BV is a Dutch horticultural supplier. It specializes in injection-molded plastic horticultural products that are sold to growers in the vegetable, soft fruit,…

Robert de Leeuw to be the new Middle East advisor for Dutch Greenhouse Delta

"Understanding the region is essential in business"

As of June 1st, Robert de Leeuw will take over as a new Middle East advisor from Giovanni Angiolini. Giovanni has been passionately committed to Dutch Greenhouse Delta for over 1.5 years and has initiated many meaningful public-private partnerships in this interesting region. Giovanni will be working for…

North American produce haulers can resolve disputes via DRC membership

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides dispute resolution services for parties in the United States or…

Tesco to make suppliers ship food items across Irish Sea

Multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer Tesco is reportedly set to make traders ship food to Northern Ireland through the Irish Sea on their own, as border…

CourgetteFleur welcomes young Zwinkels

Guus Zwinkels has joined the team of CourgetteFleur Zwinkels as of today. "Our team has gained a new, enterprising and enthusiastic member with fresh ideas," says father Johan Zwinkels. "After his agricultural training, Guus worked for another company for a number of years. But the family business kept…

Robin Welsh, Halls, the Netherlands:

"It's very noticeable that fruit and vegetable trade-savvy people designed LogisticDocuments.com"

Robin Welsh is an operations manager at Halls Operations. He saw the introduction of the LogisticDocuments.com portal. And it quickly caught his attention. Halls is a South African avocado and mango producer. Its European sales office is in the Netherlands. This office has seen volumes increase in recent…

Village Farms brings on new EVP of sales and marketing

Village Farms Greenhouse Grown is pleased to announce Eric Janke has joined the company as executive vice-president of sales & marketing, effective June 1, 2021. Janke will be…


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