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Crop Trust remembers Tim Fischer, former Executive Board Chair

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of the former Executive Board Chair of the Crop Trust and long-time agrobiodiversity advocate, Tim Fischer AC. Tim passed away on Wednesday night surrounded by family. He was battling an acute form of leukaemia. Tim joined the Crop Trust in…

Four new strategic centers for field vegetable crops to open in the UK

Field vegetable producers are set to benefit from four new centers that will demonstrate the latest horticultural research in practice. Launched this year, AHDB Horticulture’s Strategic Centers for Field Vegetables will showcase the latest ideas, science and technology to improve integrated pest…

Howard Nager joins Progressive Produce

Progressive Produce has announced the hiring of Howard Nager as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “We are excited to have someone of Howard Nager’s caliber…

Landgard: Already 50,000 people interested in online campaigns

Fast start for "Fruits & Vegetables - 1000 good reasons"

The data received on the new initiative "1000 Good Reasons" is clear: With informative, creative, colorful, beautiful and target group-oriented ideas and eye-catching…

Israeli drip-irrigation maker is on the block for $500 million

The Israeli drip-irrigation company Rivulus is being put up for sale by the FIMI private equity fund and could fetch a price as high as $500 million. FIMI has retained Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for the company, the world’s second-largest maker of drip-irrigation equipment after Israel’s Netafim. The…

Smart farming startup raises $10 million in funding

Smart farming startup CropX announced it has raised $10 million in funding from new investors Sumitomo, Armada Capital and TaL Capital, who joined existing investors, Finistere Ventures, Germin8 Ventures, GreenSoil Investments, Innovation Endeavors and OurCrowd in the round. Other past investors in the…

Germany: Osram clears way for ams takeover offer

The Managing Board and Supervisory Board of Osram have waived the existing standstill agreement with ams and signed a cooperation agreement. This clears the way for a…

US (NY): 2020 NNYADP grant application now available

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program application for 2020 small grant funding is now available. The farmer-driven program funds research and technical…

Producer family stops for age and health reasons and lack of succession

Moosberger traditional enterprise increases after 130 years

For almost 130 years, the Schamberger family has supplied Munich residents with vegetables, lettuces and herbs. But now they have announced to close down the business on Feldmochinger Straße. On a part of the company site, 53 rental apartments are to be built, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. View of the…

Korean Air Cargo expands in America but cuts domestic services

Korean Air Cargo has announced it will expand its services in the Americas with an additional weekly frequency. However, according to aircargonews.net , reports suggest it…

Voting is open

PMA looks to join education lineup at South by Southwest

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) announced it is looking to join the education lineup at South by Southwest (SXSW) for the second year and is seeking support from the industry to vote now. The session, The Farmers Behind your Fresh Food, will feature PMA vice president of technology, Vonnie Estes;…

September 3-4, Lower Withington

UK: Macpac team returns to Four Oaks

With environmental packaging solutions for an industry in the spotlight this year Macpac introduced new sustainable plastic materials which have been welcomed by the horticultural sector and will be exhibited on the stand; these include a new Near Infra-Red (NIR) detectable black plastic and Breakdown…

Inari chosen as 'Technology Pioneer' by World Economic Forum

Joining companies like Google and Twitter, Inari was chosen as a 2019 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum on Monday. Inari, a company recently expanded to West Lafayette developing seeds that improve the economic and environmental realities of production agriculture, was chosen from hundreds…

CAN (BC): CubicFarm Systems appoints Chris Ericson as company’s newest board member

CubicFarm Systems announced that Chris Ericson has been appointed to their board of directors. “I am delighted to welcome Chris to our board”, stated Dave Dinesen, CEO &…

"Syngenta starts work on world's biggest chemical IPO"

ChemChina has started gearing up for a listing of Syngenta, which it acquired for $43 billion, in what could become the chemical industry’s biggest-ever initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. Top executives have begun internal work to prepare for a listing as soon as mid-2020,…

Australia’s first rescued-food supermarket opens

At OzHarvest’s new marketplace in Kensington, old carrots and tins of beans past their use-by date are treated with respect and dignity. Ripe, rosy tomatoes, otherwise destined for the dumpster, are piled up proudly. Over the aisle, juicy apples are organised into a pyramid beside bananas. This trial…

US (ID): Syngenta to host grand opening for expansion in Nampa

Syngenta will host government officials and civic and agricultural leaders at a grand opening for its new Trait Conversion Accelerator at its Nampa location and a seed production facility on Friday. Government officials expected to participate in the celebration include Idaho Director of Agriculture…

New snack line introduced by Naturipe Farms

Naturipe is introducing a line of snacks which pair berries and fruit with cheese and nuts. Health, convenience and snacking are three components that continue to grow rapidly in the produce business, the company said, adding that demand grows as consumers focus on healthier, convenient options. Naturipe…

New $20 million mushroom farm to create 120 jobs

A new mushroom farm north of Calgary will create 120 jobs while helping fill the demand for local produce, farm managers said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony. Highline…

Roots expands into plant-based meat market

Roots has initiated a planting program specifically aimed at examining the effects of its RZTO and IBC technologies on several protein-laden crops to increase the content of…

PMA announces partnership with investment company

SVG Ventures and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) have entered a three-year strategic partnership to connect PMA growers with cutting-edge technology. SVG Ventures will…

Prerequisites should lead to further growth as a marketing cooperative

Landgard: Changes in the management and the structures

As part of the strategy of cooperative marketing 4.0 "Rooted regionally. Consolidated nationally. Growing internationally", Landgard sets a new course for the future. The goal…

US (PA): Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health…

UK: LSA Fellowship Scheme are seeking new entrants

The LSA CT Fellowship are seeking new entrants for developing manager within horticulture to apply for the Fellowship Scheme. John Cappalonga of Gee Vee Enterprise said: “The…

BrightFarms appoints new Chief Executive Officer

BrightFarms, known for locally grown packaged salads, has announced that it has hired Steve Platt as CEO, while the company’s founder, Paul Lightfoot, will continue as the company's President and Founder. Both Platt and Lightfoot will be members of the Board of Directors. “I am privileged to be the next…

another 18 hectares to be added by 2021

"Mutual trust is the basis for success"

Mutual trust is the basis for success. That certainly applies to Den Berk Délice: a collaboration between five Belgian tomato companies, which approach the market as a single brand and according to a shared vision. Guaranteeing continuity is an important common thread in business operations. The four…

Reinoud Nuijten New Agricultural Counsellor in Ukraine

Before his posting in Kyiv, Mr. Nuijten worked as International trade and development specialist with extensive experience in value chain development and export promotion projects. Particular experience in public-private cooperation and institutional capacity development. Over 10 years of experience in…

Van Nature: positive result in 2018 despite extreme weather in summer

2018 was mostly characterised by the extreme weather in summer. Because of this, both production and sales were faced with additional challenges. As a consequence, product groups had varying results, according to Van Nature in its relation magazine MEER. The tomato production had a difficult season,…

£1500 raised for charity

Rebranding at BerryWorld

The BerryWorld team set up camp at Boxpark Shoreditch in London for two days (8th & 9th August) showcasing the newly redesigned BerryWorld consumer brand. At the two-day event the marketing team shared free strawberries with passers-by and hosted an internal, company-wide challenge to raise money for its charity of the…

"We are very excited by the possible opportunities in the Asian market"

UK company Marco have had their own stand at Asia Fruit Logistica since 2016. This year will be the first year that they take part as a co-exhibitor, participating as part of the UK Pavilion. "We believe that co-exhibiting at events such as this can actually bring huge benefits in terms of increased foot…

Rabobank and Caspian launch structured financing facility for agtech start-ups

Rabobank and Caspian together set up a INR150m [2.1 million USD] Rabo-Caspian Agtech Financing Fund that will provide customized debt solutions to companies operating in the Agtech space for the first time in India. The fund specifically is interested in data-driven AgTech companies that deliver products…

UK: Shaping the future of horticulture

With rising automation, labour shortages, fewer plant protection products and evolving consumer behaviour, AHDB Horticulture needs an ambitious strategy for the industry, explains Hayley Campbell-Gibbons. Some incredible things have happened over the last 15 years. For the horticulture sector, the…

Optimizing sustainable cultivation with smart drones for crop protection

In early August, Koppert Cress and PATS Indoor Drone Solutions signed an agreement to automate part of the crop protection process with drones. Koppert Cress wants to ensure a future in which socially responsible cultivation continues to be of high importance. Mechanical control of pest insects…

Aweta G&P is moving

Aweta is moving! From the beginning of August, they will be located at the new Business Park Boezem Oost Business Park at Pijnacker-Nootdorp (The Netherlands). This brand new state-of-the-art facility is sustainable, more spacious and includes modern amenities. "Allowing us to serve you even better." Aweta Business Park Boezem…

Melvin van der Zeyden, Yex:

“E-commerce still lags behind in fresh produce sector”

Ordering your everyday groceries from supermarkets online has been possible for a while. However, the so-called e-commerce in the fresh produce trade is still in its infancy. Melvin van der Zeyden, employed by importer Yex, saw the opportunities in e-commerce, and decided to fill that gap. “Last year, I…

PMA recognizes Jill Overdorf for service as Foodservice Committee cochair

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) recognized Jill Overdorf on July 27 for her service as cochair on the association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo Committee. Current event committee cochair Nichole Towell, senior director of marketing at Duda Farms Fresh Foods Inc., presented a plaque to Overdorf…

vegetablesWA releases second annual benchmarking report

The second-ever annual report into the financial and production performance of the state’s vegetable growing business continues to shed light on the state of the industry. The…

New corporate company video for KG Systems

KG Greenhouses launched a new company video recently. In this 2-minute video, they explain - among other things - that they have been helping to bring knowledge and technology together since 1970 and that they have grown to a provider of turnkey greenhouse solutions. "Control from A to Z with short lines…

Horticultural Research Institute celebrates donor commitment at Cultivate’19

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort foundation, received $240,000 in donations during its summer reception, held in conjunction with Cultivate’19 in…

10,000 t of peas held up until the facts are verified

England: Employee urinates on the frozen pea line on his last day of work

An employee at a frozen food factory in Hull, England, is suspected of having urinated on the pea production line and of having recorded a video committing the alleged crime.…

Autogrow appoints new Chief Technology Officer

Autogrow has named Jonathan Morgan as its new Chief Technology Officer responsible for continuing development of their innovation utilizing the latest technology, plant biological science and artificial intelligence. “We are very pleased to welcome Jonathan to the Autogrow family and look forward to…

Equitable Food Initiative receives Walmart Foundation grant

Equitable Food Initiative has received a $1.2 million grant from Walmart Foundation to advance responsible labor practices through workforce development programs on fresh produce farms in Mexico. The grant runs through the end of 2020. Since 2012, EFI said it has worked to build its social assurance…

Vitacress launches pilot project with Uber Eats

Portuguese company Vitacress is launching a pilot project with Uber Eats; the aim of the partnership is to facilitate the healthy food choices with practical proposals that come directly from Odemira. Being where the consumer is, whether at home, at the beach or at the office. This is the main objective…

UK: Highest market share ever for discount giants Aldi and Lidl

The supermarket sales in the UK declined by 0.5% in the 12 weeks leading up to July 14 compared to the same period last year. The discount giants Lidl and Aldi and online supermarket Ocado were an exception to this trend. This was reported by Kantar Worldpanel. Image: Kantar Worldpanel The…

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Canadian firm receives funds to develop mushroom-picking robot

A Salmon Ar m company’s agriculture technology project is one of three in British Columbia receiving funding to help bring an innovative idea to reality. According to a notice…

Horti-Couple gets engaged!

After being seen sneaking kisses at various trade shows and industry events for the past 6 years Mathieu van de Sande (New Business Development at PlantLab) and Ashley Veach (Project Manager at LumiGrow) the ultimate Horti-Couple are engaged! Following this lovely photo of the proposal, we do get the feeling the wedding…

Ice cream from a urban farm: basil and microgreen taste

In August, Urby and the historic Staten Island ice cream parlor Egger’s Ice Cream will unveil their first collaboration: Green Dream, an ice cream flavor available only at Eggers’ pop up location at Staten Island Urby. ‘Green Dream’ is made from ingredients grown at Staten Island Urby’s unique, on-site…

Shares of Greenyard at lowest level ever

Hein Deprez production companies in trouble as well; 53 million euro depreciation

Due to rising debts, the production companies of Hein Deprez, united in holding De Weide Blik, are in trouble. The problems make it difficult for the entrepreneur to retain…

Maersk launches first ocean-rail combined service from Asia to Europe

On 7th August 2019, Maersk’s new AE19 service arrived at the port of Gdansk, carrying cargo which had been loaded in Asia less than two weeks earlier. This new unique service is a combination of a short-sea product, connecting several Asian origins with the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Far East,…

'Security camera' helps grower take action before it's too late

Nowadays the grower has no shortage of extra 'eyes'. Cameras, for example, help growers to monitor the growth of their crops. Yet there are very few cameras that can help growers to detect problems in cultivation early on in the way GreenspectIR, a hyperspectral camera that looks over the grower's…

Dutch and Indian company partner to drive innovation and yield enhancement

KeyGene, the crop innovation company based in the Netherlands, the United States & India, and Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced a multi-year strategic research collaboration for key field…

New York State ‘Farmacy’ offers fresh produce from within a pharmacy

There are many rural areas all across the US where people must travel significant distances to shop at supermarkets. In 2017, a project to bring fresh locally produced food to underserved areas opened the first “Farmacy” in the state –yes, with an “F”- inside the Keeseville Pharmacy. This week the…

Honduras projects to install a packaging plant for peppers destined for the US

Agrocultivos el Chaguiton is installing a Packing Plant in the El Trapiche hamlet, in the village of Comali, in southern Honduras, with the purpose of exporting peppers to the…

Biotech company raises €35 million for protein-based biocontrols

AgroSavfe, a biotech company dedicated to developing next-generation protein-based biocontrol crop protection products, announced it has raised a €35 million (US$39 million)…

Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy, Rudbeckia x American Gold Rush

Two herbaceous perennial varieties earn AAS winner designation

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and most well-known non-profit plant trialing organization is thrilled to announce the first winners from their three-winter…

Federico Giva is the new HR Manager at Cefla

Federico Giva, who was born in 1978, who holds a degree in Managerial Engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, is moving from the Hera Group where over the…

The African Association for Vertical Farming joins the EBAFOSA

The African Association for Vertical Farming (AAVF) has announced that it is joining the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA). To expand the beneficial impacts of vertical farming, going beyond on-farm production to also integrate value addition is paramount. This is…

Seed company raises $89 million to bring technologies to growers

Inari, the seed company, today announced the closing of its $89 million Series C financing, bringing the company's total funding to date to $144 million. Flagship Pioneering,…

Fake microgeens on Russian market

Microgreens (Micro Leaves / Micro Herbs) - 2BFresh are counterfeited in the Russian marketplace. "It was brought to our attention that once again fake Microgreens packages with an imitation of 2BFresh's label on it - are being sold in the Russian marketplace." 2BFresh is issuing this warning to all of…

Tomatoes in the spotlight at REO Veiling, Belgium

“We want to add another 10-hectare block soon”

Tomatoes have come into the spotlight at REO Veiling in Belgium. This is because, for the first time last year, tomatoes had the highest turnover. This increase is largely due to the expansion of growers in the region. “This summer a new 10-hectare greenhouse will be taken into use right across from REO…

Australia: Health supplements new market opportunity for growers

There's a new market on the horizon. Some greenhouse-grown products might be right for use in vitamin products, supplements or cosmetics. The Australian company Sampano is on the lookout for growers who might be interested in this. Vitamins, health supplements and body care products "Nutraceuticals…

Netled and Astwood sign agreement for four industrial scale vertical farms

"Industrial scale vertical farms beat traditional ways to grow leafy greens"

Netled Oy, Finnish specialists in vertical farming systems and greenhouse lighting solutions, has signed a long term framework agreement with Astwood Infrastructure to supply equipment for industrial-scale vertical farms. The agreement covers an initial four such farms, based predominantly in the UK, to…

United Fresh to review Harmonized Standard

United Fresh has announced plans to refresh the current version of the Harmonized Standard, ten years from its original inception. In its original charter, published in…

Expanding organic asparagus production in Mexico

Organic asparagus supplies into the US are currently coming from central Mexico, where growers are reporting generally favorable conditions. One of the growers, Pampa Store, grows organic asparagus in Mexico for most of the year, and has just acquired more land with the aim of producing year-round.…

Three new items for Church Brothers Farms

Church Brothers Farms introduced three new products, Sweet Baby Broccoli, Tuscan Baby Romaine and Sandwich Ready Leaves, at the 2019 PMA Foodservice Expo. “Sweet Baby Broccoli is a new vegetable we are now growing for our foodservice customers with the Growers Express commodity farming program we…

Dennis Riling helms Illumitex sales

Digital horticulture company announces new head of sales

Illumitex a company specialized in Digital Horticulture and LED lighting announced today that Dennis Riling has been promoted to Head of Sales and VP of Business Development. “Dennis’s depth in horticultural knowledge combined with over a decade’s worth of business and leadership experience makes him the…

Rodrigo Santana is new President and COO of CubicFarm

Agritech company welcomes new President and Chief Operating Officer

CubicFarm Systems recently announced the appointment of Rodrigo Santana as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). “It is a great pleasure to welcome Rodrigo to our…

Jet cooler manufacturer reduces lead time

Jet-Ready Precoolers, invented and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are described by the company as "the industry standard for portable forced-air cooling tunnels. Time after time they have outperformed built-in-place bunker-wall and integrated-cooling systems". Since their introduction, production…

Reusable Packaging Association introduces new leadership team

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced that Michael Wasson (pictured, right), Chief Operating Officer of Tosca, is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.…

United Fresh statement on H-2A program

Below is a statement issues by United Fresh on the Administration’s efforts to improve the H-2A program: "United Fresh Produce Association appreciates the Administration’s…

Sampling baby artichokes at PMA Foodservice Conference

Ocean Mist® Farms invited Executive Chef Christopher Vaca of the Hyatt Carmel Highlands to the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo where he prepared and sampled Tuscan Style…

Viva Fresh scholarship program accepting applications

The first Annual Viva Fresh Scholarship Program, named in honor of Dr. Leonard Pike, is accepting applications through July 31. This new program has been established from the…

Enza Zaden starts own commercial activities in Oceania

For many years Enza Zaden, South Pacific Seeds and Terranova Seed NZ have worked closely together to provide the New Zealand and Australian market with vegetable varieties. As…

In memory of Mario Scherpenzeel

With the deepest of regret, Ridder has learned that our much-loved colleague Mario Scherpenzeel sadly passed away Saturday July 20th. After a short period of illness, Mario died as the result of a…

Artemis announces key hires to accelerate growth

Artemis announced key additions to its technology and executive teams. Specifically, Artemis named Eric Clark as Vice President of Revenue, Sebastian Delmont as Principal…

PMA’s Richard Owen to take on leadership role in Western U.S. and Canada

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced that Richard Owen will step into a new leadership role as vice president of membership and engagement focused on supporting PMA’s efforts in the western U.S. and Canada. Owen will be responsible for engaging new members in the region. In addition, he…

Andermatt Biocontrol acquires 22% shareholding in Agricheck SRL

The Swiss-based company, Andermatt Biocontrol, took 22% shareholding stake in the Argentinian company Agricheck SRL. Agricheck is a leading provider of biological solutions…

Applications open for 2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholarships

Nuffield International Farming Scholars announces the application for 2020 scholarships is now open, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective Nuffield International Farming Scholars are people in agriculture with a desire to explore the global industry and…

Royal Brinkman exclusive partner of Riococo in Mexico

Royal Brinkman and Ceyhinz Link join forces to provide growers in Mexico with Riococo coconut substrate mats. "Our specialists in Mexico advise growers on their crop strategy. Substrate is an essential part of this. We already have rock wool blocks and germ plugs in our assortment and now with the…

back on the 5th of August

HortiDaily Holiday!

As our long-time readers know, this time of the year means it's time for our summer holiday. For the next two weeks we will not publish any news and will not send out any newsletters. In the next two…

In memory of Mario Scherpenzeel

It is with great sadness that Ridder must announce that their dear and valued colleague Mario Scherpenzeel passed away this weekend. After a short period of illness, Mario left us as the result of a fatal brain disease. We will remember Mario as a warm and committed colleague, and we will greatly miss his presence within our…

Letter of intent signed for construction Chinese Horti Center

On the 18th of July 2019, an agreement was signed between a Chinese company and several Dutch horticultural suppliers for the construction of the Dezhou Horti Center in China. Several governmental officials, as well as the board of HortiTech were present during the signing ceremony. HortiTech is the…

Mariska de Zoete, Fruca Marketing in Spain:

"Our scale is our strength"

Fruca Marketing is a produce wholesaler based in Murcia, Spain. Through the years, it has grown into a giant in the area of lettuce, melons and watermelons, citrus, and bell peppers. At the start of the melon season, we paid a visit to this company. There, the Dutch Mariska de Zoete has been working in the company's Sales…

KÖHRA - Frisch GmbH still sees potential for growth in the pre-cut segment

"In our delivery area, sales are growing steadily"

In recent years, the German convenience sector is growing and flourishing at a rapid pace. From the traditional ​​salads and peeled raw materials (potatoes, carrots, onions), the national market is increasingly turning towards ready meals, delicatessen and fine menus. As a result, there are new…

Frischeteam Geschwister Kluth relies on work relief and advice

"There is no 'no can do' in the pre-cut industry"

In the field of large-scale consumption and gastronomy, the shortage of staff and thus also the demand for low-expenditure fresh produce is the order of the day. Parallel to this social trend, the product selection of high-quality cuttings and convenience items is also growing. The family-owned company…

Belgian auctions report fitful start of strawberry season - Part I

"The greenhouse strawberry season was fairly changeable this year"

While redcurrant and gooseberry might be known as ‘heirloom fruits’ and not receive their fair share of attention, this isn’t the case at BelOrta. “We carry the entire range of soft fruit, and we also have good sales for redcurrant and gooseberry, and we can create a decent income for our growers,” says…

Koppert partners with Nitrasoil in Argentina

Koppert Biological Systems, a Dutch company specialized in biological crop protection, has acquired the Argentine company Nitrasoil. In addition to the physical expansion within South America, this purchase takes the company into a new sector in the agricultural market: inoculants. With the acquisition…

Bayer relocates North American Crop Science Division to Missouri

During a press conference, Governor Mike Parson of Missouri announced that Bayer’s North American Crop Science Division is relocating 500 new, high-paying jobs to Creve Coeur, Missouri, with an average wage of $110,000 and a capital investment of $164 million. The announcement comes after Governor…

Powerplants elects Bon Group as West Australian Priva dealer

West Australian agricultural service provider, Bon Group, have been granted the opportunity to independently provide Priva products and solutions to West Australian growers as part of an exclusive agreement with Powerplants Australia. The agreement was reached at the Protected Cropping Australia…

Building a knowledge and innovation center in Erbil, Iraq

World Horti Center goes to Kurdistan

In addition to a World Horti Center in Naaldwijk and four in China, Kurdistan will now also get a World Horti Center. In Erbil, a new knowledge and innovation center will be built by the Kurdish project developer RedYar. A declaration of intent was recently signed. The project developer has started the…

Boiler maintenance company Van der Mark celebrates 50th anniversary

“The first boilers from the 1990s-era expansion are already getting on in years”

In what little free time they have, a lot of work is currently being done in the warehouse of boiler maintenance company Van der Mark in the Dutch town of De Lier. There is an old boiler in there that needs to be spic and span by the end of the year. By that time the new building, located a bit further…

After merger with Copisi, UNICA will reach 500 million kilos next season

The incorporation of the Almeria-based cooperative San Isidro Labrador S.C.A., Copisi, to the UNICA Group, approved on July 4, will allow the group to reach 500 million kilos next season. In this way, UNICA consolidates its position as the most important agro-food company in Almeria and the largest…

CAN (BC): Sea to Sky Soils earns AgSafe safety Certificate of Recognition

Sea to Sky Soils has successfully completed AgSafeBC’s safety Certificate of Recognition program to become COR certified. Sea to Sky Soils enrolled in AgSafeBC’s COR program with a goal to improve worker safety. Working with one of AgSafeBC’s Lower Mainland safety advisors, the company reviewed and…

Special fruit and vegetable produce wall

Pick n Pay launches dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone

Pick n Pay on Monday launched a ‘nude’ fruit and vegetable produce wall -a dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone- in 13 stores across the country as part of a trial to measure customers’ readiness to switch from pre-packaged food to loose products. Retail Executive, Commercial at Pick n Pay, Paula…

Local lighting support in BC and Alberta

Canada: LumiGrow adds Gold Leaf Technologies to partner network

LumiGrow has signed a partnership agreement with Gold Leaf Technologies for local horticultural lighting sales and support for British Columbia (BC) and Alberta, Canada. Gold…

"Wonder" green relaunched under new name

Pete's, a California greenhouse grower with a focus on producing "living products" - or produce with the roots still intact - have relaunched one of their living staples under a new name. Since 1999, the company has been growing watercress, initially for foodservice, but later expanding to the retail…

US (NC): RTP startup is using gene editing to improve crops, from corn to raspberries

The company, Pairwise, uses CRISPR technology to create plants that are, in the words of Pairwise’s head of trait development, Mike Mann, “more affordable, attainable and also convenient.” Adams, the company’s CEO, thinks if they can improve produce in slight ways, it will help people “go to the produce…

Research and knowledge at the service of taste and aesthetics

Spain: Edible flowers are a booming market

Edible flowers, until now a niche specialized market, are booming in Spain. "We have a few companies in Spain. Each of them has its own specificity and, although we are natural competitors, we are not rivals: there is a real need for corporatism to represent our interests in such an innovative sector. We…

US: Judge criticizes Monsanto, but lowers Roundup damage award

The judge in the first federal court trial of lawsuits by cancer victims who used Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide criticized the company’s apparent indifference to health and…

on sustainable lighting innovations

UAE: Signify and Diamond Developers sign an MoU for collaboration

Lighting company Signify and real estate developers Diamond Developers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) as part of their mutual commitment to utilize creative and innovative technologies and solutions designed to promote sustainability. The signing took place at Sustainable City, a Diamond…

Current and Hort Americas announce partnership for LED horticulture lighting

Current, powered by GE today announced Hort Americas as its sole distributor for LED horticulture lighting solutions in North America. The news is being featured as part of Hort Americas’ exhibit at the Cultivate conference, where Current is showcasing its new Arize Element Top Light, the L1000. Current…

Search still on for Stéphane Roy and son

Since Stéphane Roy, founder of Les Serres Sagami (which markets tomatoes under the Savoura and Sagami brands), and his son went missing after a helicopter flight last week, no trace of them has been found as of yet. Canadian Forces, assisted by civilians, are searching for the missing R44 helicopter,…

World's heaviest fruit slicer

Visitors to the Russian Army 2019 show were treated to an interesting sight: a Russian main battle tank slicing fruit into pieces with an attached blade. The exhibition reportedly took place at Kubinka, outside Moscow. The video shows a Russian T-80U main battle tank with a 125-millimeter barrel gun, eminently suitable for…

US: UnitedAg announces the addition of Eric Davis to its Board of Directors

UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 1,000 organizations in California and Arizona, announced today that Eric Davis, Human Resources…

CAN (AB): Large CubicFarm system comes to Calgary

On June 29, 2019, CubicFarms signed an agreement for a large scale commercial CubicFarm system in the Calgary, AB area and received a deposit from the customer. “This agreement and deposit covers the Calgary region where this customer will be the exclusive CubicFarm licensee”, said Dave Dinesen, CEO,…

New mini cucumber line launched

Canadian-based greenhouse grower NatureFresh™ Farms has launched a new line of mini cucumbers. The company says the 'Unveiled Mini Cucumber' offers extra crunch. They have a pale complexion and are considered mid-sized beauties, making them good for snacks or appetizers. NatureFresh™ Farms said that by trialing unique varieties…

CAN (QC): Savoura president and son missing after helicopter flight

Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec company Savoura, and his teenage son are missing following a helicopter flight in northern Quebec. In a brief statement, Savoura said…

New vice president of Market and Customer Strategy Adam Burnhams

AgBiome Innovations strengthens commercial team

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial organization of AgBiome, today announced it has brought aboard Adam Burnhams to serve as Vice President of Market and Customer Strategy. In…

Dr. Matthew Julius

CAN (ON): CO2 GRO announces the appointment of new Science Officer

Toronto based CO2 GRO announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Julius, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, St. Cloud State University, as its Chief Science Officer. Dr. Julius had…

UK: LettUs Grow wins national Shell Enterprise Development Award

Sustainable indoor farming company, LettUs Grow, has been crowned national winner of one of Shell’s Enterprise Development awards, announced at Shell’s Energy Summit in London. Co-founder and Managing Director of LettUs Grow, Charlie Guy, has been awarded the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year…

US (WI): Dramm hires Peter Haakman as sales/irrigation specialist

Dramm announced that Peter Haakman has joined the company as an irrigation and sales specialist operating out of their Canadian office. Peter has more than 35 years of…

Javo USA and Mosa offer combined solutions

Javo USA and Mosa Green announced a collaboration - they will work together at Cultivate ’19 and beyond, according to both companies. “This is a natural partnership for us,” said Javo USA General Manager Michiel Vanderwaal. “Mosa’s seeding lines are a complement to all we do at Javo USA and, like us,…

New Organic Product Manager for Ocean Mist Farms

Ocean Mist® Farms will be in attendance at this year’s Organic Produce Summit with new Organic Product Manager Katie Tossie, in addition to showcasing Ocean Mist Organic®…

Merritt Bruce joins Church Brothers Farms

Merritt Bruce has joined Church Brothers Farms as vice president of retail business development. Merritt Bruce comes to Church Brothers Farms from Growers Express along with…

Organic show is platform to highlight sustainability efforts

Divine Flavor is planning on spreading the message of its sustainability efforts at July's Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, California. The company is one of the founding exhibitors of OPS and is also a sponsor. For them, this particular event is special as it is closest to the company's…

Nedupack Thermoforming

Netherlands: Only recycled plastic in vegetable packaging buckets

From now on, all Tommies vegetable packaging buckets will be made from materials that are entirely recycled. This is a new concept with many sustainable benefits. It was developed by the Dutch packaging specialist, Nedupack Thermoforming . It is a simple calculation. The new packaging bucket for Tommies…

Two fresh produce companies team up for summer sweepstakes

Good Foods™ and Duda Farm Fresh Foods, growers of consumer brand Dandy®, have partnered to give one lucky winner of their Good & Dandy Sweepstakes a Weber Spirit® E-330TM…

UK: Two new transplanting lines speed up production and efficiency at Lovania

In order to increase productivity and improve efficiency, Lovania Nurseries - one of the largest bedding plant nurseries of the UK - decided to install two lines by TTA for transplanting of pack bedding, their biggest line, which is constantly growing in demand. And just before the busy season started,…

Tomato Salsa Kit introduced

RedStar is introducing the Tomato Salsa Kit. This Tomato Salsa Kit contains all the ingredients needed to easily make a tasty, healthy and super-fresh tomato salsa: RedStar tomatoes, shallots, garlic, red chilli pepper and a lime. The kit also includes the delicious recipe for this Tomato Salsa. With this concept, RedStar meets…

Oppy's branded organic line to be featured at the Organic Produce Summit

A cornerstone of Oppy’s branded organic produce line, OriginO tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers will be featured at the fresh produce marketer’s booth at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, Calif. Oppy announced that visitors to booth 407 can catch up with grower Raymond Wong and sample new…

Heliospectra continues global expansion with Tokyo office

Heliospectra announces the formation of Heliospectra Japan Co., Ltd. and the opening of a new Tokyo, Japan office in July 2019 under the leadership of General Manager Yasuhiro…

CPMA names Member of Parliament Wayne Easter 2019 Produce Champion

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said it is proud to honour its 2019 Produce Champion: Member of Parliament Wayne Easter. CPMA’s annual Produce Champion award is given to one or more Member(s) of Parliament and/or Senator(s) who have been supportive of the produce industry and effective…

US: Private equity firm acquires leafy greens grower

Private equity firm Blue Road Capital has announced the purchase of B&W Quality Growers from Boyne Capital. Founded in 1870, B&W is a vertically-integrated producer of distinctive baby leaves, including watercress, arugula, and other specialty leafy greens. Headquartered in Fellsmere, Florida,…

US: AeroFarms raises $100m as investors rush to indoor farms

Another multi-million dollar investment in vertical farming. AeroFarms confirms the publication by The Financial Times, reporting that they raised $100m in their Series E fundraiser to further expand their warehouses of stacked growing trays and branch out into different produce. This round again was led…

Singapore firm fined for illegally importing vegetables from Malaysia

A Singapore company was fined S$7,500 on July 3) for illegally importing more than 2.5 tons of fresh vegetables from Malaysia, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a media…

Playing quartets with sustainable plastics

How do you get your staff and your business relations involved in the debate regarding sustainable packaging? Gamification! At Oerlemans Packaging, they like to share information in an innovative and interactive way. That is why they have designed a quartets game that provides insight into a variety of…

Walmart combines blockchain and QR codes for Chinese consumers

Walmart custo mers in China will soon be able to scan QR codes on stickers attached to fresh products to acquire detailed product information including “the source of the…

Vegepolys Valley

France: Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita form Global Plant Cluster

On Thursday, 27 June, the competitive clusters, Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita, finalised their merger process. This rapprochement, which began in October 2018, was…


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