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UK: Veggie Butchers opens at award winning Yorkshire farm shop

Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton is now giving veggies the same care and attention it pays to its carefully sourced meat. The award-winning farm shop has introduced a new butchery…

Abby Prior and Matt DiNitto join BrightFarms sales team

BrightFarms has expanded its customer team to support retailer partners. Abby Prior will lead BrightFarms’ Customer Growth Team as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, overseeing brand and category growth at partner retailers. Since joining BrightFarms in 2015, Prior has been integral to the…

Automating packing centers in the Netherlands popular topic

Cooperative Door is building a new packing and distribution center in the Netherlands’ Westland region. The strategic move to have a centralized processing facility to service the needs of the DOOR co-operative (including brands Prominent, Green Diamonds, Purple Pride and Sweet Point) allows DC…

Hydrofarm and Total Grow Control announce strategic partnership

Hydrofarm, an independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and commercial horticultural products, announced a strategic partnership with Total Grow Control. Total Grow Control offers “Plug-and Play” automation and control for grows of all sizes in the United States and Canada. EDEN…

Light4food and Moleaer announce indoor farming & research partnership

Moleaer has expanded their position in the high tech horticulture sector by partnering up with Light4Food. Light4Food gains knowledge by using their own research facilities, the so-called Indoor GrowHow Facilities, which exist of multiple climate chambers for conducting research to the most optimum…

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of a new BASF production hub for crop protection in Singapore

BASF broke ground on a new regional production hub for its Agricultural Solutions business in Asia Pacific. Scheduled for completion in Q3 2021, the multipurpose facility has been designed to handle six different formulation technologies and will supply the company’s patented crop protection products to…

Nissan tests use of electric vehicle for shipping strawberries

Nissan Motor Co. stated that it started a test for using an electric vehicle to ship strawberries in December last year, in cooperation with a strawberry farmer in the town of…

Bejo introduces purple broccoli

Dutch seed producer Bejo has developed Redi, a purple broccoli that meets many consumers' demand for a healthy vegetable that is easy to prepare. The broccoli is packaged in recyclable cardboard. This broccoli with its tender stalk and small florets can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, from raw to roasted, steamed or…

René Baan, IP-Handlers, APC-Handling

"The fruit is only truly fresh with air freight"

Where the boat from South America sometimes takes 6 weeks, the plane only takes a day. APC-Handling, a subsidiary of IP-Handlers, takes care of customs clearance and inspection of any from air freight mangoes to green asparagus for the European market. New warehouse of APC Handling in Aalsmeer Vacuum…

Hans Muylaert-Gelein, The Yukon Group

South African mini-veg market leader turns to chillies

The Yukon Group, the largest producer of mini-vegetables, specialty vegetables and edible flowers in South Africa, has been offering clients a year-round comprehensive selection for 25 years, peaking during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter periods. Their selection is continually tweaked to meet current…

US (VA): Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center launched in Danville

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is partnering with the Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center to launch a Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center on IALR’s campus in Danville,…

Nuffield International welcomes Bayer as Global Strategic Partner

Nuffield International Farming Scholars announces its newest Global Strategic Partner, Bayer. As a Global Strategic Partner, Bayer supports the work done by Nuffield…

Spanish officials investigate Yara Iberian

The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has initiated an investigation against Yara Iberian SA at Yara’s Madrid office. Officials from CNMC have…

US (NC): Syngenta incentive for $1.7 million approved by city council

The Greensboro City Council approved the $1.7 million incentive for Syngenta at a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Council Chamber. The vote for the incentive was 8 to 1, with Councilmember Michelle Kennedy, who participated in the meeting by phone, casting the lone no vote. Kennedy said that…

North American greenhouse growers in legal dispute over "Mighty" tomatoes

MightyVine, a Chicago greenhouse grower on 22.5 acres is suing Ontario greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce over the use of the term ‘Mighty’ in its branding. MightyVine, which grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse in suburban Rochelle IL, has filed a federal lawsuit against Canadian grower…

In memoriam Hennie Tesselaar

On January 12th Hennie Tesselaar passed away. Hennie was project manager at Proeftuin Zwaagdijk. The company commemorates his passing. "The message that our employee and colleague Hennie Tesselaar…

Italian growers show of hydroponic heritage with new brand

This year the Fri-El greenhouse in Ostellato, Ferrara will be expanded to 30 hectares - nowadays they still grow their hydroponic crops on 12 hectare. The company highly values this way of protected growing and wants to show that off in their marketing as well. That's why they launched the new brand…

Netafim delivers innovative agriculture tech solutions worldwide

From drip irrigation to digital farming

Trellised vines snake their way up to a literal glass ceiling inside one of several greenhouses, each constructed differently and yet all tricked out with the same state-of-the-art technology. This little agricultural park is right in the center of Netafim’s research and development site in Kibbutz…

Sensor to acquire EmersonGrow

Sensor has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with EmersonGrow. Pursuant to the terms of the LOI, Sensor will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of EmersonGrow for an aggregate purchase price of $20 million. The Purchase Price will be satisfied through the issuance of an aggregate of 133,333,333…

Foundation stone for Food & Energy in Uganda

On 7 December, Rt. Hon.Gen (Rtd) Moses Ali, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda, solemnly laid the foundation for the first Food & Energy Training Center in Uganda. Before the laying of the foundation stone, Rt. Hon. Gen. (Rtd.) Moses Ali visited the Food & Energy Training Center at the North-West University…

UK: Soft fruit firm wins High Court planning battle over polytunnels

Withers Fruit Farm has successfully challenged a judicial review against Herefordshire Council, led by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), seeking to overturn a planning decision that would allow the construction of 11 blocks of polytunnels on 37 hectares of farmland. The council decision also…

UK: Organic Research Centre starts 40th year at new headquarters

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) begins its 40th year at new premises. Committed to organic sector scientific excellence and knowledge exchange, the organisation is now…

Xpol sells herbs and vegetable branch to Xfresh

On the 1st of January, Xpol sold their vegetables and herb branch to Xfresh, a new company set up by Marcel Schers and a few new agri business partners. Xpol will again focus…

visit to Tomatoworld to learn from the Dutch

Japan to fund millions into modernizing horticulture

On Thursday January 16th, Tomatoworld received the Japanese ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi together with members of the Japanese House of Councillors and the Ministry of Agriculture. They are engaged in the revitalization of agriculture and horticulture in Japan and the reconstruction of northeastern…

CropX acquires CropMetrics to expand U.S. market presence

CropX, a soil sensing and agricultural analytics company, announced the acquisition of Nebraska-based CropMetrics, a provider of cloud-based, precision-irrigation tools. "We intend to lead the market for on-farm irrigation and nutrient management tools in the years ahead and the acquisition of…

UK’s largest tomato supplier gets £25m bespoke funding package

Specialist SME lender Shawbrook Bank has successfully completed its largest ever working capital transaction in the North West, providing APS Group with a £25m bespoke funding package.  First founded in 1949 on one site in Cheshire, APS Group is a family-owned business which specialises in the production and…

Rough Brothers, Nexus & Thermo Energy Systems

Gibraltar acquires assets of Thermo Energy Systems

Gibraltar Industries today announced it has acquired the assets of Canadian-based Thermo Energy Systems in an all cash transaction. Thermo Energy Systems is expected to…

Ellen van Kester (Horticola Guadalfeo) about new Maximo tomato:

"Besides blue and greenish-pink, we now have brownish-black tomatoes in our range"

Until Christmas, the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season appeared to be progressing normally. This is according to Ellen van Kester of Horticola Guadalfeo from Motril, Spain. "There were no large surpluses or shortages, and prices were reasonable. However, right before Christmas, production increased…

Sweet and Sunny strawberries import season has started

Next week The Greenery will start its import season with Sweet and Sunny strawberries. This weekend the first strawberries will be delivered and will be available from Monday. Last year the excellent quality of the Sweet and Sunny strawberries from Spain ensured good sales. The expectations are that the…

Cor-Jan van der Elzen joins PlantPaper as Sales Manager Europe

PlantPaper, manufacturer of biobased paper and machines for paper plugs, hired Cor-Jan van der Elzen as Sales Manager to expand the markets for PlantPaper in Europe. Formerly of Modiform and Carbon Gold, Cor-Jan van der Elzen brings a wealth of horticultural sales experience and green knowledge to…

"A year full of surprising twists and turns"

Belgian co-op, Hoogstraten, closes 2019 with record turnover of €242 million (+9.5%)

The Belgian Coöperatie Hoogstraten closed 2019 with a turnover of close on €242 million. That is 9.5% (€21 million) higher than the previous year. It is also 2.5% (€6 million) higher than the previous record year, 2017. A new record has been set, where volumes are concerned, too. With 153.5 million kg,…

Elgon Kenya Director honoured for role in agricultural transformation in East Africa

Agro input company Elgon Kenya’s Director Bimal Kantaria has been feted with a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International, a US-based theology college, for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa, working with the youth in…

In memoriam: George Geoffrey Haith

The Haith family are saddened to announce the passing of their father and founder of the Haith Group, George Geoffrey Haith. Mr Haith died peacefully in hospital on Tuesday 14th…

"During the Dutch season the 'traffic light pepper' machines are running at full speed"

Pre-packaged vegetables and fruit are indispensable in the supermarket. Now that the ‘less plastic’ trend is prominent, a packaging company must be able to respond quickly and that is not possible without functioning and flexible machinery. At IQ Packing in Waddinxveen and Hazeldonk, they package fruit…

Vacuum cooling is widely used for fresh produce

Vacuum cooling is widely used in the fresh produce industry of the United States, Europe and China. As a result of the energy consumption from water evaporation at low pressure, the temperature of fresh produce can be reduced efficiently from the field temperature of 28° C to 2° C. Arvin Lau from Vegfor…

Demand increasingly focused on niche baby leaves

"2019 has been more than positive - demand has increased for all the main varieties. In addition, our packaging is increasingly eco-friendly and we are working on new projects that also go in this direction," reports Fabio Altamura, president of OP Altamura in Pontecagnano Faiano (SA). "In 2019, for example,…

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust partners with Corteva

Corteva Agriscience has become a Title Partner of The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST). Corteva was formed following the merger of DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences last year.  “We are delighted to be able to work with Corteva to develop the individuals who will become tomorrow’s…

Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous

Rolls-Royce will hold a 73.1% majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH from 15 January 2020. The Group is acquiring the shareholdings of all other current financial investors, including that of investment holdings company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin). The…

UK: Soft fruit variety promoter Meiosis announces new CEO

Meiosis, the UK based soft fruit variety promoter, licensing and protection company has announced the appointment of Steve McVickers as their new C.E.O.. Steve joins from Latin American berry and cherry producer Giddings Fruit, where he was Global Chief Commercial Officer. At Meiosis, Steve will be…

Martin Stolze renews partnership with AgriNomix in USA

Martin Stolze b.v. is excited to announce their renewed partnership in North America with AgriNomix. AgriNomix is now officially the preferred dealer for Martin Stolze b.v. in the USA and Canada. AgriNomix staff and Martin Stolze Sales Managers. As one of the leaders in horticulture automation, AgriNomix…

10 tons of bell peppers stolen from a greenhouse in Almeria

In November, the theft of 10,000 kilos of bell peppers with an estimated value at origin of about 70,000 Euro was reported in a greenhouse in the west of Almeria. This theft…

Grow food anywhere! The Mexican startup that innovates in agriculture

A Mexican startup is offering the possibility of growing vegetables within the city in a healthy enclosed space and harvesting up to 100 times more than normal. Juan Succar and Jorge Lizardi, graduates of the Tec de Monterrey Leon campus, created the Verde Compacto company, which follows the new global…

Withers Fruit Farm vs Campaign to Protect Rural England

UK soft fruit producer wins High Court battle against campaigners

UK soft fruit producer Withers Fruit Farm based in Herefordshire has won a High Court battle against countryside campaigners. Withers Fruit Farm successfully challenged a…

A modern history of Nuffield Australia

The modern era of Nuffield Australia has been a time of great change. It has seen the organisation gain independence, corporatize its structure and provide unparalleled global…

CubicFarms announces appointment of Lead R&D

CubicFarms has appointed Sana Talebi as Lead R&D (Produce). Mr. Talebi will lead the company’s produce R&D program to research new crops that will perform well in CubicFarms’…

"Sustainable plastic pots do exist"

If you want to be sustainable, you have to get your hands dirty. At Van Krimpen, one of the major suppliers of cultivation pots in the southern region of the Netherlands, they started collecting and recycling plastic themselves seven years ago. Trucks full come in every day, while on the other hand large…

Naïo Technologies accelerates next growth phase with €14 million funding round

After a first round of €3 million in 2015, the French start-up Naïo Technologies, specialized in agricultural robots, announces the closing of a €14 million funding round led by Bpifrance. Impact investor Pymwymic and its historical shareholders, Demeter and Capagro, flanked Bpifrance in this investment…

Babylon Micro-Farms closes $2.3m seed round

Babylon Micro-Farms has raised a $2.3 million seed round led by Virginia-based early-stage investment group CIT GAP Funds and startup incubation group Plug and Play Ventures. The round also includes a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. This brings the company’s total capital to $3…

Indian tomato company "has improved lives of 200 farmer partners"

Kagome Foods India is a Tomato Solutions Company, offering natural and customizable, base solutions to Indian food service. The company has a range of preservative-free tomato solutions that drive convenience, consistency, and customizability, offering an enhanced cooking experience to chefs. In a recent…

Hatenboer-Neptunus Holding opens Middle East Office

Following an increase in business developments within the Middle East & Northern African regions, Hatenboer-Water has decided to establish an office in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This initiative is in line with current maritime developments in the UAE and in particular the prominent…

CambridgeHOK appoints Patrick Harte, increases focus on vertical farming

Vertical farming, commercial glasshouses and energy specialist CambridgeHOK has announced the appointment of a leading figure from the UK’s horticultural sector as it seeks to meet the increasing demands from investors looking to fund glasshouse and vertical indoor farming projects. The East Yorkshire…

Russia: Agrocultura group got fined

The agricultural complex LLC Agrocultura Group in Kashira town has been fined by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance for violation of the stipulations of the phytosanitary legislation in regard to the plant and agricultural seeds quarantine. The Federal Service have found…

Heart-shaped strawberries and mini apples at IPM Essen 2020

Swiss seedling distributors focus on new fruit varieties

Häberli Fruchtpflanzen LLC presents the heart-shaped strawberry 'Renaissance' at the IPM. The highly aromatic strawberry has a shape and taste that make it perfect as a garnish…

Growing company Hein Deprez, is given a year of financial breathing space

The bondholders of The Fruit Farm Group have given owner Hein Deprez a financial breathing space of one year to put things in order. In addition to Greenyard, the Deprez…

Texas A&M AgriLife honors vegetable production team with Vice Chancellor’s award

The Texas Panhandle Vegetable Production Research Team was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Collaboration – Partnership on Jan. 8 at the 2020 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Vice-Chancellor awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding…

California Strawberry Commission Survey

Likely increase in acreage strawberry plantings

In 2020, California farmers are expected to devote more land to strawberry production, which could lead to another record crop this year. This would come to pass after two…

UK vertical farming company raises £2.35 million

Vertical and indoor farming technology company LettUs Grow has secured £2.35 million in seed funding. The investment round was led by Longwall Venture Partners LLP. LettUs Grow have designed a patent-pending indoor farming system for greenhouse and vertical farms to address global food security and sustainability…

Red Sun Farms releases new web-tool

US greenhouse grower launches product locator tool

Red Sun Farms, the vertically integrated American greenhouse grower, announced the release of a new web-tool to help consumers locate their products. The tool helps consumers…

CAN (ON): Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in greenhouse accident

Family and friends of 20-year-old Natasha Smids are praying for her as she fights for her life after being seriously injured in the workplace at a greenhouse operation. The…

Memoires of Willem van Dorssen (Van Dorssen & Frensch)

"Willem, watch out for your shiny shoes!"

He was stuck during an entire Ramadan month in a Saudi hotel room, accidentally walked through newly poured concrete and became devoted to greenhouse construction. "Quite a story, isn’t it?" Willem van Dorssen sighs. The 'first half' of Dutch greenhouse building company Van Dorssen & Frensch has been…

Southern California home to new 16 acre leafy greens greenhouse

Revol Greens, working with technology greenhouse grown lettuce and greens based in Minnesota, has entered into an agreement with Equilibrium to develop a 16-acre advanced technology automated lettuce and leafy greens greenhouse near Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California. The project will anchor the…

Nufarm appoints Regional General Manager EMEA

Nufarm has appointed Hildo Brilleman as Regional General Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1 January 2020. Mr Brilleman joined Nufarm on 1 October 2019 as Chief…

Joe Barsi named President of California Giant Berry Farms

As the new year and a new decade rolls in, California Giant continues its path of building a strong future for the company announcing Joe Barsi as their new President. Barsi’s promotion to President of California Giant Berry Farms comes after serving almost 2 years as their Chief Operating Officer. Barsi…

The Colombian startup Waruwa revolutionizes fruit and vegetable distribution

After just seven months in the market, the Colombian startup Waruwa has revolutionized the relationship between the countryside and the city by distributing fruits and…

Verano365 adds horticulture industry veteran as Account Director

Verano365 is enhancing their team by appointing Herbert Rabalais as Account Director. The Texas-based horticultural innovations company creates specialty products for…

Seed industry pioneer JanWillem Breukink passes away

JanWillem Breukink passed away on Saturday 4 January. He had been ill for quite some time. Since 1978 JanWillem Breukink made a major contribution to the development of the seed industry in general and of Incotec in particular. He also played an important role in the economic and social development of…

Machine manufacturer Schomaker Convenience Technik tackles fruit and vegetable industry:

"In the end, it doesn't make much difference if you process meat or vegetables"

Fruit and vegetables are becoming increasingly important in people's diets. The health trend among young people is causing consumption to rise, but climate change also plays a role, as fruit and vegetables are more energy-efficient than meat. This development is also evident among machine manufacturers who…

"drawn together by a passion for innovation and customer focus"

Legro acquires 50% stake in Botanicoir

Two producers in the substrate industry will join forces. The Dutch substrate producer and supplier Legro has purchased 50% shares in Botanicoir, the British/Sri Lankan coir manufacturer. "This partnership will enable Botanicoir to make the necessary investments to cater to the increasing global demand…

Jean-Pierre Dalle, Ribambelle:

“Average quality and good prices on the endive market”

“The storage life of endives is not very good, so they must be sold right away,” explains Jean Pierre Dalle of the company Ribambelle. “At the end of July, we were faced with a heatwave for three days, followed by a period of intense rainfall in September, October and November. There was too much rain in…

Two new members join the GRC Board of Directors

Geothermal Resources Council announces new Board of Directors

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the general membership to 2-year terms. To provide continuity, an election is held every…

Dirk Willem Blijleven appointed as Chief Commercial Office Total Produce - Haluco

Total Produce - Haluco announced the appointment of Dirk Willem Blijleven as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and member of the Board of Directors of TP Haluco, effective…

US (NC): Officials to consider $3.6 million in incentives for Greensboro's Syngenta

The City Council and Guilford County Board of Commissioners will consider granting $3.6 million in economic development incentives to retain Syngenta, a Swiss-based company…

In Memory of Jan Wybrand Tuinstra

Jan Wybrand Tuinstra passed away on December 21, 2019. Jan spent years shaping Delphy Agro Consultores Latino America. Delphy pays tribute to Jan. The initiative for Agro Consultores Latino America came from Jan…

Netafim expands South African office

Netafim South Africa recently expanded its footprint in the northern regions of the country when it expanded its Nelspruit office with a new office and warehouse. This move was celebrated with a festive get together for dealers and growers in the region. This office looks after Mpumalanga, Gauteng,…

UK: James Hutton Limited expands its outlook

International business is being targeted by James Hutton Limited (JHL) as operating conditions remain testing for the Invergowrie-based company which translates scientific research into commercial opportunities. While the annual accounts show the company’s turnover for 2018-19 was £4.12 million, up on…

ChemChina and Sinochem consolidate agricultural assets into Syngenta Group

ChemChina and Sinochem are consolidating their agricultural assets into a new holding company that will be called Syngenta Group. After a career spanning 26 years at Syngenta…

CubicFarms completes strategic acquisition of HydroGreen

CubicFarms has completed the acquisition of HydroGreen, a South Dakota-based private company headquartered in South Dakota. HydroGreen is a manufacturer of fully-automated…

Greenyard divests of its logistics company in Portugal

Greenyard has signed an agreement for the divestment of Greenyard Logistics Portugal through a management buyout (MBO). This Greenyard company operates since 2001 in Portugal…

Jos Veugen sees international growth opportunities in disinfecting

“Room for doubling or more”

What began as an atomizing equipment supply company has evolved into a hygiene specialist business. This is the story of the Dutch company, Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne. Since February 2019, this business can be found in a brand new building in Nederweert, the Netherlands. ”The new premises offers space to double our…

Niko Kivioja, Netled:

"I like to call us a technology partner instead of equipment supplier"

Netled CEO Niko Kivioja was interviewed by the international Association of Vertical Farming, AVF, about the future of Netled and vertical farming. In the first part of the interview, Niko’s thoughts on Netled and the future of the company are shared. How did Netled come to regard vertical farming as the…

U.S. government says verdict in Bayer's Roundup case should be reversed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said a federal appeals court should reverse a lower court verdict finding Bayer AG liable in the case of a California man who blamed its Roundup weed killer for his cancer. The government said in a friend of the court brief filed on…

Syngenta celebrates 40 years of Seedcare innovation

Growers rely on seed treatments to prepare for each season’s unique challenges. In an effort to meet this need, Syngenta and its legacy companies have been at the forefront of seed treatment research for 40 years. Since the introduction of Concep®, the first sorghum seed safener, in 1979, the company has…

Hans Vanderhallen, new director of Hoogstraten cooperative

Hans Vanderhallen will be the new director of Hoogstraten cooperative from 1 January 2020. Vanderhallen succeeds Gaston Opdekamp, who will remain associated with the…

Bad start of the week in Shadow Hills

Produce truck with 10 tons of lettuce toppled near LA

A SigAlert was issued Monday morning for two lanes on the westbound 210 Freeway in Shadow Hills after a produce truck overturned. According to CHP officials, the accident occurred around midnight when a tractor-trailer truck reportedly collided with another vehicle, starting a small fire. The truck,…

With sales soaring, Kroger & Walmart focus on produce

US grocers are freshening up their produce sections to draw in more health-conscious shoppers, as fruits and vegetables are an increasingly important source of sales growth…

Trade in crop protection products: Cartel Office and BayWa reach settlement

BayWa AG, Munich and the German Federal Cartel Office have agreed to end the antitrust proceedings concerning trade in crop protection products. "The company has decided to settle in order to end the complex, time-consuming and resource-intensive proceedings," the team with the company explains. "The…

Israel: Sufresca gets $500,000 investment for edible food coating solution

Israeli start-up Sufresca, who makes an edible coating that extends the life of fruits and vegetables, has raised a $500,000 seed round from ag tech VC Rimonim. The round brings Sufresca’s total funding so far to $1.3 million. Sufresca’s edible fruit and vegetable coating is meant to extend the shelf…

US (CA): Kendra Minkler joins BioTherm

BioTherm Solutions announced that effective Jan. 6, 2020, Kendra Minkler has been appointed to the company’s Business Development and Regional Sales position. Over the last five years, BioTherm has steadily increased its sales initiatives, and Kendra Minkler represents another step in this expansion.…

Versland Selection invests in vacuum coolers, cooling and container space

"We are big in small products"

Versland Selection has expanded considerably over the years at its location at ABC Westland in Poeldijk, The Netherlands. The greengrocer has been located at this location since 2000, but after extensions in 2010 and 2015 respectively, the building was expanded by half and after a thorough renovation made into a whole. But it…

Growing vegetables in your fridge

LG Electronics (LG) will unveil an indoor gardening appliance at CES® 2020, its first foray into the booming indoor gardening movement. "The built-in column-type LG indoor gardening appliance employs advanced light, temperature and water control, convenient all-in-one seed packages and a…

Mexico: José María Pablos Ritz is appointed new CIDH chairman

Dec 4, the general ordinary meeting of Confederation for Produce Research and Defense (CIDH, in Spanish) was held. Eng. Rosario Antonio Beltrán Ureta shared with board members the results from his last period in office, having tomato defense against dumping accusations by US Farmers as the most important…

Jan Oosterom and Aad Sonneveld:

"Our new organisation is 'a large yet flexible club’"

As of 1 January, Van Nature and Best of Four members will continue as Oxin Growers. All of a sudden, this group is one of the largest growers associations in the Netherlands. "People keep mentioning how big we will soon be," says Oxin Growers' future chairman, Jan Oosterom. "But I do not have to be the…

Bill Whittakker new sales manager Oreon

As of January 1, 2020, Bill Whittaker will strengthen Oreon's sales team. Together with Arnold de Kievit and our local installers, Bill will storm the North American greenhouse horticulture market. Bill's roots lie in the North American greenhouse horticulture for over 20 years. As a commercial account…

US greenhouse pioneer Dave Fahrenbruch retires from Sun Valley Farms

After 26 years in the USA Greenhouse industry, Dave Fahrenbruch is retiring from Sun Valley Farms Inc. of Loveland, Colorado. In 1993 Fahrenbruch started with Colorado…

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Happy Holidays!

As another year draws to a close and we look forward to a new decade with all of the new opportunities it will bring, HortiDaily is taking a break for the Christmas period. We will be back in the New Year with all the latest news and happenings in the horticultural industry in the new decade. We would like to thank you for all…

Greenyard Fresh Spain receives recognition at the 'early pepper meeting'

Greenyard Fresh Spain was given a special recognition award at the “early pepper meeting” in Berja (Almería). The award highlighted the special efforts the company is making…

Inauguration of a historical stone house on the land of Rijk Zwaan France

July 7th, 1944: Jacques Conty Zick (Lacroix), manages to escape from the train that is taking him to the death camps. He meets Paul Moureau, a resident of Aramon, who comes to his aid and hides him in his stone house. 70 years later, Rijk Zwaan France buys the land where the house is located. As a…

The Greenery imports PlanetProof from its Spanish suppliers

In addition to the introduction of PlanetProof at its Dutch growers, various Spanish suppliers were also assisted in the implementation of the On the way to PlanetProof scheme last year. For example, The Greenery is working on a year-round assortment of sustainably grown fruit and vegetables. The Greenery,…

Waitrose increases orders of best selling loose veg by 75% for Christmas

Waitrose & Partners has stocked up on loose vegetables this Christmas with environmentally-savvy shoppers increasingly wanting to buy loose produce rather than packaged.  The retailer…

Enrique de los Ríos, director of Unica Fresh, analyzes the challenges for 2020

"As a leader in production, Spain should try to unite the main cooperatives"

With 11 years of history, Unica Fresh has not stopped growing and expanding outside Almeria, where it started and where it has its current headquarters. In the last year alone, the cooperatives Copisi, Sunaran, Coopaman and the most recent, Nulexport, have joined the group, allowing it to exceed the 500…

Rijk Zwaan Ibérica

Almeria will have a new crop research center

Rijk Zwaan Ibérica, S.A. has already been granted permission by the City Council of Almeria to undertake the construction of a research center for new crops on the Mamí…

Jeff Booth

CubicFarm Systems Corp. announces appointment to Board of Directors

CubicFarm® Systems Corp. announced the appointment of Jeff Booth as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately and is subject to customary TSX Venture…

Autogrow recruits A.I. expert for forward thinking food solutions

Autogrow has recruited Mpatisi Moyo Ph.D. as Head of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to further their strategy towards creating the digital farmer. Working closely with the wider R&D team and alongside the Director of Agronomy & Crop Science, Dr Tharindu Weeraratne; Mpatisi will focus on yield prediction…

"December is no longer the month it used to be"

"In order to meet our partner demands, we are always looking for products that can be appreciated by final consumers. We focus on flavor and high quality and this is why we are popular on the international market," explains Vittorio Gona, president of the Italian AlbaBio cooperative.  Vittorio Gona The market"Despite…

US: Little Leaf Farms doubling hydroponic, greenhouse-growing operations in MA in 2020

For many business owners, Paul Sellew has a good problem to solve. The founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms is producing one million boxes of fresh greenhouse-grown baby green lettuce a month, delivered to every major supermarket chain in New England usually within 24 hours,…

Qatar: Mahaseel markets 1,000 tons of local vegetables

The Mahaseel for Marketing and Agricultural Services Company (a subsidiary of Hassad Food) has marketed 1,000 tons of local vegetables in the Qatari market since the beginning of the current agricultural season. About 160 local farms have registered with Mahaseel to benefit from the marketing and…

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Pachino PGI tomato packaging company sums up 2019

"2019 will be remembered as an intense and rewarding year for the results achieved and for our numerous initiatives, but above all, for the value of the marketed production". These are particularly significant thoughts, given the not most favorable time for the horticulture sector, highlighted by…

Franky van Looveren switches from De Ruiter to Tomeco

Franky van Looveren is going to make a transfer. After having worked for thirteen years as account manager and later as sales manager for De Ruiter Seeds in the Benelux and Poland, Franky is going to start to work as cultivation manager at Tomeco, a cooperative of Belgian tomato growers. Before it is…

Ary de Jong from Demokwekerij to HortiTech

After 10 years of loyal service at Demokwekerij Westland as cultivation manager, Ary de Jong will be joining HortiTech. There he will become a trainer and mentor from January 1st 2020. Before he joined Demokwekerij Westland, Ary was a tomato grower. HortiTech is the startup that was established by Peet…

New directorate of FiBL Switzerland

The Foundation Council of FiBL Switzerland has elected the new directorate: Knut Schmidtke, Marc Schärer and Lucius Tamm will take over the management of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) from Urs Niggli as of 1 April 2020. Knut Schmidtke has been Prorector for Research and Development…

Netherlands: Ary de Jong from Demokwekerij to HortiTech

Ary de Jong has more than 10 years of experience as a crop manager for various crops at Demokwekerij. Before, he was a tomato grower. He will be joining HortiTech as a trainer and mentor on January 1, 2020. HortiTech is the startup set up by Peet van Adrichem and his sons Perry and Pim, which trains…

Agrify to provide $30 million dollar line of credit for customers

Agrify is now directly providing a $30 million credit facility for its customers to purchase its premium indoor grow products. The line of credit is available for any of Agrify’s solutions, including vertical farming units, commercial grow containers, integrated grow systems and racks, LED grow lighting,…

Beneficial Insectary introduces newest IPM Specialist

Erik van der Sluys received a degree in Ecological Systems and minor in Biology in 2014 from Seattle University. Since then, he has worked as a Farm Manager for Seattle University, a Grower for TKO Reserve, and an IPM Technician for Iwasaki Brothers INC using BCA releases on a wide variety of crops. He…

Eric van der Meer focuses on China with FoodVentures

The hurdles when entering unexplored greenhouse horticultural areas

20 hectare in Kazakhstan, several lettuce projects in Georgia, a high-tech greenhouse in Ukraine. It's not the most common nor the most easy countries that the team with consortium FoodVentures chooses to start new businesses. Managing partner Eric van der Meer explained how setting up a cultivation…

Carlos Esteve, of Onubafruit: "We expect our raspberry production to grow by 25%"

"This week, we are exporting the first strawberries from Huelva"

Onubafruit's strawberry harvests in Salamanca came to an end in mid-November, and since late November, the firm has been harvesting the first strawberries from Huelva. So far, they have been supplying mainly the domestic market with limited quantities. As the volumes available begin to increase this…

Mike Biotech Asia scoops up Sri Lankan business awards

The 16th Annual National Business Excellence Awards ceremony was held at Colombo Hilton on Dec 13th. The Chief Guest was the High Commissioner for South Africa in Sri Lanka, Ms Robina P. Marks, and the pageant was held amidst a distinguished gathering of Top Businessmen, Leading Organizations, Diplomatic…

Profile Products welcomes Andrew Yablonski as Northeast regional sales manager

Profile Products has hired Andrew Yablonski as  regional sales manager for the Northeast region. His territory will include West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New…

Greenhouse industry veteran Craig Laker retires from Houweling’s Group

Having lived and breathed the fresh produce industry for 49 years, Houweling’s Group celebrates the career of Craig Laker and announce his retirement from the Company at the…

over 500 invitees present

Opening celebration for Aweta's new head office

On Saturday December 14, Aweta, a pioneer in sorting and packaging machines, opened their new head office in Pijnacker-Nootdorp to an audience of over 500 guests. CEO Otto Vink A spectacular opening show by illusionist Alfredo Lorenzo was followed by a personal speech by CEO Otto Vink where innovations, projects,…

Hazera appoints Nicolas Tinel as new CEO

With his appointment as Hazera’s new CEO, Nicolas Tinel is ‘the right man for the job’ because of his twenty years of experience at Limagrain, one of the largest seed companies in the world. Nicolas will take time to visit all the divisions and listen to what people have to say. “For the time being, my…

Netherlands: A new greenhouse for Montreahof

At Montreahof in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, the new bell pepper plants were partly planted this month in a brand new greenhouse. An old greenhouse, which was already thirty years old, has given way to a new model with wider windows, better insulation and a more efficient layout. Grower Edwin…

Vincent Deenen new general director of Limgroup

Vincent Deenen has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the international breeding company Limgroup, effective from February 1st 2020. He succeeds Robbert van der…

Success of centuries-old Greek organic tomatoes portrayed in a documentary

The Greek documentary When tomatoes met Wagner, by Marianna Economouh, was shot in Elias; a dying rural, isolated village. Two witty cousins, Christos and Alecco, join the old…

New distribution agreement for horticulture LED fixtures in North America

Netled has made a distribution agreement with Rambridge Wholesale Supply on the sale of Vera Production Units and horticulture LED fixtures in North America. Rambridge Wholesale is an international manufacturer and wholesale distributor of garden and hydroponic supplies, based in Canada. The company, founded…

Netherlands: Plant nursery Gitzels unites all activities in new greenhouse

Plant nursery Gitzels invests over €7 million in bringing together her company activities in the greenhouse horticulture area The Grootslag. The obsolete cultivation location in Hem (formally known as plant nursery Kaan) is being demolished, allowing the meadow bird habitat to be expanded. In greenhouse…

Seckin Yildirim (Or-Pa LLC) is seeing a slight increase in demand and supply

"Despite an expanded product range, Turkish mini vegetables remain a by-product."

At the stand of the Munich wholesaler Or-Pa Handels LLC, mini vegetables are currently the dominant feature. The company's wide range includes peppers, aubergines and courgettes. Although the producers on the Turkish west coast have been increasingly specialising in the cultivation of mini vegetables in recent…

Exceeding 2018 totals

Red Sun Farms employees donate to Make-A-Wish®

In 2017, the team at Red Sun Farms began to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace by providing produce boxes for a donation of five dollars a box. The large boxes are filled with fresh, quality vegetables straight from the Red Sun Farms’ greenhouses. As an added incentive, all money collected from…

ABB Head of Corporate Communications leaves company for Syngenta

Christoph Sieder (49) is stepping down from his position as Head of Corporate Communications at ABB to take on a new role as Head of Communications at Syngenta, on March 1, 2020. Sieder will leave ABB on February 29. A successor will be announced in due course. Sieder, an Austrian national, joined ABB in…


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