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Lettuce color!

With all the lockdowns and events cancelled, we're all at home a lot more than we used to. Are your little ones tired of it? Or are you? Gotham Greens has just the thing for you then, they have made a colouring book which you can download here.  This is just one of the many pictures in the book.  For more information: Gotham Greens  info@gothamgreens.com www.gothamgreens.com

IGS signs significant export deal with Jungle to supply French retail market

Indoor agritech specialist IGS has today announced a significant export deal with experienced French urban agriculturalists, Jungle. The multi-million-pound deal will introduce IGS indoor growing platforms to Jungle’s operations, initially outside Paris, to grow a variety of crops to supply major French…

Fairway Green Cannabis and Acniti to collaborate on nanobubble technologies for North American market

Fairway Green Cannabis are now the North American exclusive distributor for Osaka, Japan based Acniti LLC agricultural nanobubble technologies. “Following our acquisition of…

UK: Polymer Logistics helps tomato producer APS Group to optimise supply chain

With 500 million tomatoes grown every year, the APS Group is the UK’s largest supplier of British tomatoes to the high street, being responsible for around 30 percent of…

Mike Ecker announced as winner of 2020 CPMA lifetime achievement award

Mike Ecker, President of the Vineland Growers Co-operative, has been announced as the 2020 CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He was presented this award during a virtual…

Oppy focuses on expanding procurement and exports with two key promotions

As Oppy continues to expand its supply and international reach, Ray Reed and Andres Ribalta have been promoted to new positions in line with the company’s strategic growth journey. “Oppy’s plans for the coming years target growth in local and international markets, and the latest promotions of Ray Reed…

Valoya

Valoya launches two new greenhouse LED grow lights

Valoya has expanded its RX-Series line of greenhouse LEDs with two new models – RX500 and RX600. The new models are higher power, higher efficiency versions of the existing RX400 model and can be used as true 1-to-1 HPS replacements. RX500 and RX600 produce up to the staggering 1700 µmol/s of uniform…

Automated mobile aeroponics maker becomes certified B Corp

CombaGroup has officially become a Certified B Corporation, utilizing the power of business to address society’s greatest social and environmental challenges. CombaGroup joins the rapidly growing movement of more than 3,500 B Corps from 150 industries, across 74 countries including companies like…

Infarm

Infarm raises $170M during pandemic to grow largest urban vertical farming network in the world

Infarm announced $170 million investment raised in the first close of a Series C funding round expected to reach $200 million. Led by LGT Lightstone, the first round included participation by investors Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel, and Latitude and was supported by existing Infarm investors Atomico,…

Bejo Ibérica remains open to new partners for the distribution of Redi

"We believe that the consumption of Redi will grow considerably in the coming years"

The launch of Redi took place in Spain and Portugal in the fall last year. Redi is a broccoli with purple shoots and tender stems that end in a small inflorescence. This new variety already has two producers in the Iberian Peninsula and it is expected to continue expanding. "Our producers have considerable…

Jake Houweling with Houweling Dutch Plantin:

“For a young guy like me, I need to prove that I am someone they can trust”

“We started this company in January of 2019, as a subsidiary of Houweling Group and Dutch Plantin, specializing in water treatment and coconut coir,” tells Jake Houweling, 28-year-old manager of Houweling Dutch Plantin in Ontario, Canada. Compared to 2019, the company has grown over 400%. “There’s a lot…

Temasek signs agreement to acquire majority stake in Rivulis

Temasek has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Rivulis. The completion of the acquisition is subject to all government authorizations and is expected to occur…

Ally DiMenna, new member of A.M.A. Hort team:

"I’ve heard more about tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers than I could possibly recall"

A.M.A. Hort has a new addition to the team. They are welcoming Ally DiMenna! Ally is bringing her design thinking, digital media, and customer service skills to the team as Marketing & Customer Service Associate. She is currently attending Ryerson University for Business Management with a major in…

“The COVID-19 pandemic provided an unexpected level of challenge"

Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family, and its partners ICOEL and Sardas were confronted with unique challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit just as they were preparing to ship and install three turnkey cherry grading and packing lines in Turkey and a fourth one in Uzbekistan. They overcame the…

For repeated food safety violations

FDA issues first injunction under Produce Safety Rule to Illinois-based food manufacturer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Fortune Food Product, Inc., an Illinois-based processor of sprouts and soy products, has agreed to stop production…

Brandt expands Ag sales team in Pacific Northwest and Canada

Brandt Specialty Formulations has added two new territory sales managers, Cody Massey and Nate Britt, to its North American Ag sales team, covering the US Pacific Northwest and Canada. Both Massey and Britt will report to Brandt regional sales manager, Dan Pinther. They will focus on selling the…

Stuart Brown new Inari CFO

Inari, a biotechnology company, announced Stuart Brown has joined the company as chief financial officer. Brown will lead the internal financial team and spearhead efforts with the investor…

Canada: Ecoation wins World in 2050’s Olympics of Innovation

After receiving 100+ nominations and applications, Diplomatic Courier has officially announced the World in 2050 Olympics of Innovation winners, naming Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. as a Society category winner in response to the company’s commitment to supporting growers through AI advancements.…

Little Leaf Farms

Little Leaf Farms doubles greenhouse growing capacity and broadly expands across East Coast

Little Leaf Farms, which grows the number one, best-selling crunchy baby green lettuce in the United States, is doubling its sun-drenched, greenhouse-growing capacity to 10 acres of lettuce fields under glass, producing more than two million packages of lettuce each month, and broadening distribution of…

Get your copy of the Greenhouse Guide

You've probably heard about our Greenhouse Guide, the buyer's guide filled with contact details of greenhouse constructors, screen installers, energy experts, seed suppliers, breeders, consultants and other companies from the industry. You can view it online, but sometimes it's nice to just have a copy…

Bringing local greens to Ontario year-round

The GoodLeaf Farms' 4,000-square-metre indoor vertical farm is now fully operational. The state-of-the-art farm is fully automated and equipped to grow microgreens and baby…

Chinese robot restaurant

Robotization has taken off in recent years. In warehouses, you increasingly see robots packing or sorting products. This Chinese restaurant only needs people to eat its food. Robots do everything else. Useful, right?

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

Sandra Somford of JASA Packaging Solutions

“An opportunity to show ourselves in a relatively new market”

Family-owned company JASA Packaging Solutions was established in the Netherlands 35 years ago and the company opened a US branch in 2018. “With a focus on providing packaging equipment and sustainable packaging solutions, we are bringing our European knowledge and expertise to North America,” says Sandra…

Infarm has launched on Vancouver Island

Powered by technology and deep knowledge in farming, the modular and cloud-based approach uses 99.5% less space, 95% less water, and 90% less transportation to produce diverse greens that are free of chemical pesticides. The vegetables and greens are grown entirely in-store, and harvested for sale on a…

Mastronardi Produce certifies fifth operation through Equitable Food Initiative

Mastronardi Produce (sold under the Sunset brand) has certified its fifth operation through the Equitable Food Initiative. This certification marks a worthy milestone for…

Hawthorne Gardening provides Gavita and Agrolux with new premises

Hawthorne Gardening will soon move its Gavita International offices and the production facilities of both Agrolux and Gavita to a new location at Naritaweg 6-8 in Rozenburg (Netherlands). With an adapted sales office, Agrolux will also remain located in the Westland. GrowthFred Bosch, General Manager of…

Start-up SMARTKAS signs joint-venture agreement with Dubai in a short time

It is a remarkable achievement: three months after its official incorporation and registration with the Chamber of Commerce, SMARTKAS, based in Amsterdam, has entered into a joint-venture with the ruling Sheikh of Dubai. At the end of July, the contract was signed to provide the desert region with…

STK & Ascenza announce exclusive distribution agreement for 'hybrid' fungicide throughout Mexico

STK bio–ag technologies, the innovative Israeli leader in bio-ag technologies for sustainable agriculture, and Ascenza announce an exclusive agreement for the distribution of…

Former Driscoll's executive sentenced for stealing from his employer

A former executive for one of the world’s largest berry suppliers was sentenced to federal prison Thursday. Marc Marier from Napierville, Illinois, was sentenced in a San Jose…

DesignLight Consortium released version 2.0 of Technical Requirements for Horticultural LED

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released the final version of its Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.0, an update that will…

Inochio new Bosman Van Zaal partner in Japan

The sale of Bosman Van Zaal horticultural projects in Japan will be handled by the Japanese company Inochio from now on. The agreement was signed online on Friday 11 September by both boards in Japan and in the Netherlands. Left: Marco Braam, CEO Bosman Van Zaal. On screen: Nobuo Ishiguro, Managing…

Metamorphosis for De Gier Drive Systems

"We have laid the foundation for making a huge leap forward in the field of innovation and valuable partnerships", Rob Sandberg of De Gier Drive Systems tells us. The company's production hall had already been expanded considerably. The purchase of new machines and the optimized internal logistic route…

New building VB Group shows "that things can be done differently"

“Look”, Edward Verbakel points outwards from his new office, “the containers on the ships sailing on the Nieuwe Waterweg. They could contain our products, only the boats then have to go in the other direction.” In the distance, looking out over the greenhouses, you can see the container ships sailing…

Paul Binfield resigned as CFO of Nufarm

Nufarm Chief Financial Officer, Paul Binfield, has advised the company of his resignation to pursue the next step in his career. Mr Binfield will leave Nufarm on 31 December…

IGS senior team expands further as technology innovator welcomes Head of HR

Senior HR leader, Donald Mackenzie, has joined IGS, the Scottish-based agritech and smart spaces business, as Head of HR. His appointment is the latest in a series undertaken…

In case no trade deal is reached between UK and EU

UK supermarket group Morrisons anticipates border delays

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group. On Thursday, a statement went out saying it anticipated delays at borders in the event of the UK failing to reach a…

Netherlands: Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep continue as Frestia

The three Dutch companies Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep were already closely linked. Now this cooperation has been further strengthened and the companies are merging into one company under the Frestia banner. The management of the newly founded Frestia company consists of Wim Zuidgeest…

Cornucopia to build hydroponic farm in Georgia

Cornucopia Farms Inc. (CFI), a Marietta (Georgia) based company, is pleased to announce the launch of its first commercial project. The company is completing the construction of a 56,000 square feet advanced hydroponic greenhouse farm in Avera (Jefferson County, Georgia) just 2 hours east from Atlanta.  The…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the…

Cut ‘N Clean Greens celebrates 25 year anniversary

San Miguel Produce, Inc.’s cornerstone brand, Cut ‘N Clean Greens, celebrates 25 years of innovating the dark leafy greens category. In 1995, Roy Nishimori, San Miguel Produce, Inc. President and CEO, launched Cut ‘N Clean Greens as a washed and ready to use line of cooking greens in a bag. After…

Werner Baumann

Board of Management at Bayer keeps its chairman

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has unanimously decided to extend the contract of Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, until April 30, 2024. Before the extension, Baumann’s contract would have expired at the 2021 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Baumann, 57, has worked for Bayer since…

Acadian Plant Health launches Acadian Open Academy

Acadian Plant Health launches the Acadian Open Academy, a global network of experts to collaborate on the development of a portfolio of complete solutions for crop abiotic…

Russia: Farmer's School to educate future growers

The specialists of Russian cultivation company AIC Eco-kultura will become the ambassadors of the unique project Farmer’s School by Rosselkhozbank and will take upon themselves the task of educating the participants in the basics, the nuances and the practical matters of the greenhouse business. The…

Acniti cooperates with Vsquare:

Japan based company brings nano bubble solutions to the Netherlands

Osaka Japan based Acniti LLC announces its partnership with Vsquare Holding B.V. in Vollenhove, the Netherlands. The company specialises in developing and producing nano bubble technology systems.  The partnership will be on exclusive basis for sales and development in the Benelux and eventually bound to expand…

US (CA): Iron Ox raises $20 mln, announces new robotic greenhouse

Iron Ox, a company active in robotics and AI-enabled farming with a mission to solve food insecurity, announced the closing of $20 million in a Series B round. Also announced, the opening of their Gilroy, California farm, which is successfully delivering fresh produce throughout California to select…

Desch Plantpak acquired IPP factories

On September 9th 2020, Desch Plantpak acquired all IPP’s commercial activities. This acquisition is a significant boost to Desch’s position in thermoformed and injection moulded products for the horticultural industry. IPP operates two factories; IPP Holland BV in the Netherlands, and Interplast Plastic…

UK business facility to let - 'ready-made' for horticulture and food sectors

Property specialists say a large warehouse, distribution, processing and chilling facility which has been placed on the market to let provides a ‘rare, ready-made, and exceptional opportunity’ for businesses in the horticulture and food sectors. The 140,000 sq ft (13,028 square metres) East Yorkshire property,…

Dr Sarah Perkins joins BBSRC

Dr Sarah Perkins has been appointed to lead strategic planning, evidence and engagement for UKRI-BBSRC. She will take up her role on 12 October 2020. Dr Sarah Perkins said: “I want to take this opportunity to say how much I am looking forward to joining BBSRC next month. Returning to UKRI has been a long-held goal, so to be returning…

SweGreen

Netled’s vertical farming system delivered to in-store farm in ICA Focus supermarket

We have delivered a vertical farming system to our distributor SweGreen’s project in Sweden. SweGreen has agreed on providing ICA Focus, one of Sweden’s biggest supermarkets in Gothenburg, an automated in-store farming solution. The greens are grown within the store and harvested directly off the shelf.…

Blue Radix makes autonomous greenhouse management reality

"We offer growers a digital brain for their greenhouse"

Over the past few months Blue Radix has worked hard on developing its innovative services and expanding the company. It is therefore time for an official international market introduction. With 15 employees, Blue Radix has a lot of experience in greenhouse horticulture and adds artificial intelligence to…

Syngenta-led initiative generates Rs 47 mln through various AE programs

Syngenta India is a leading agriculture company, headquartered in Pune. It has launched a series of national-level CSR interventions and support programs in response to the…

Carolina Uquillas Herrera joins Fall Creek as commercial manager for Chile

Carolina Uquillas Herrera has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., as commercial manager for Chile, responsible for establishing and developing strong relationships with…

Aaron Gillum and Kay Kuenker added to AgriNovus Indiana team

AgriNovus Indiana, an initiative to fuel growth in Indiana’s agbioscience economy, announced today the addition of two new members to its board of directors. The board unanimously approved the appointment of Aaron Gillum, senior vice president of 50 South Capital, and Kay Kuenker, chief executive officer…

Oktober 9, 1 PM AEDST

Extraordinary meeting of Horti Innovation members

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Hort Innovation members has been called and will be held virtually on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1pm AEDST. This meeting is taking…

Website launch Reisopack Netherlands

Reisopack Netherlands launched its new website on September 2 and announced this on social media. Reisopack has its origins in Spain and has been a supplier of modern automatic and semi-automatic strapping machines since 1992. Worldwide there are more than 10,000 strapping machines of the Reisopack brand…

Biodome south of Ellidardalur

“In its most basic form, the idea is to create with ALDIN a lush and giving environment under a glass roof where there’s always good weather. ALDIN Biodome will be a centre of natural energy where traveling visitors and locals can seek physical and emotional nourishment the whole year round. I feel there’s an exceptional…

Bom Group joins WUR Club of 100

Bom Group has joined the Club of 100 of the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research. The aim of the Club of 100 is for the Dutch horticultural cluster to maintain its lead in the field of knowledge by conducting strategic research. Mike Vermeij, CEO of Bom Group: "Greenhouse horticulture faces…

Jeff Mayer new technical sales representative Plant Products

Jeff Mayer is Plant Products' new technical sales representative for the Northeast region. Jeff lives in Connecticut and is a graduate of both the University of Maine and the…

Theelers:

Healthy tea launched by Dutch growers

Four Dutch growers ('Telers', in Dutch) launched on Sustainable Tuesday (September 1), a tea with the taste and power of bromelia, basil, curry and laurel: Theelers. According to the growers, the herbal blend is not only very tasty, but is also very suitable for people who want to keep their sugar levels…

Marcus Meadows-Smith new in Board of Directors at Botanical Solution Inc.

Botanical Solution Inc. (BSI), an innovator of sustainable, highly consistent and cost effective Advanced Botanical Materials (ABM), has appointed Marcus Meadows-Smith to its Board of Directors. As a proven, successful, and recognized leader within the agrochemical industry, Meadows-Smith will advise and…

David Holding new Head of Operations of Flavourfresh

Producing consistently premium quality, high-end tomatoes and soft fruit requires diligence, technological commitment and an operational prowess that is nothing new to Lancashire-based Flavourfresh Salads Limited in their 23-year history. What is new, however, is the recent Head of Operations appointment…

Harry Dullemans passed away

Harry Dullemans passed away on September 1, he was 78 years old. Harry was the founder of Agrolux based in De Lier, the Netherlands. He will be greatly missed at the company. Last year, as part of…

Montera Techniek becomes Sercom dealer

By taking over all activities of VNA Installatietechniek, Montera Techniek from Pijnacker in the Netherlands has become the official dealer of Sercom Regeltechniek B.V., in addition to the Ridder program. Left to right: Laurens van Es from Montera Techniek, Gerard Alsemgeest from VNA Installatietechniek…

US (SC): Agriculture Technology Campus establishing 1,000-acre operation

Agriculture Technology Campus, a joint venture project between Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food and Drink (LiDestri) and GEM Opportunity Zone Fund, announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art, 1,000-acre agriculture technology campus in Hampton County, South Carolina. The combined $314…

Vivianna Greene and Brittney Bubb

North Shore Greenhouses names new Marketing Manager and Creative Director

With overall growth at the forefront of their plans for 2021, North Shore Greenhouses, Inc. named Vivianna Greene as Marketing Manager and promotes Brittney Bubb to Creative…

Caparrós Group Станислав Ведмидь

Vicente del Bosque will be the ambassador of the Lobello cherry pear tomato

The Caparrós Group has signed Vicente del Bosque as an ambassador for its Lobello cherry pear tomato. Vicente del Bosque, the former coach of the Spanish soccer team that won…

BioTherm expands sales team

Rob Dimino has joined BioTherm as the regional sales representative for the Mountain Region. Based in Colorado, Rob will serve customers from Arizona to Texas and north to Idaho and the Dakotas. “As BioTherm scales up to meet growing demand for our innovative products, Rob’s ambition and service-oriented attitude matches well with…

Switzerland: new manufacturing plant by Syngenta Group

Syngenta Group opens its first manufacturing facility since the formation of the Group in June 2020. This step marks a strategic investment in the Group's Crop Protection business. It is also an important building block in the Group's overall strategy to drive growth, upgrade delivery and continue market…

Quality assurance in the realization of critical cultivation systems

CODEMA’s knowledge of critical cultivation systems travels around the world. Under the leadership/direction of the Project Management Team, Codema simultaneously realizes horticultural solutions on 4 continents. The team has grown significantly in recent years. How does Codema maintain the level of…

Hortus Supplies International and Holland Web join forces

Hortus Supplies International and Holland Web joined forces in August this year. Holland Web has been doing business in Japan for approximately 17 years with its own offices in Aalsmeer and Tokyo. With a headquarters in the Netherlands, an entity in Kenya and one in the United States, Hortus Supplies International…

Connie Bradt and Elise Johnson with A.M.A. Horticulture

"We want to cultivate a culture of collaboration and long-term thinking"

A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. was founded in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada in 1982. Although Connie Bradt, daughter of company founder Allen Monsma, officially joined in ’96, she has been actively involved with horticulture and the family business for longer than she can remember. “I still have pictures of when…

United Fresh offers fall Cornell certificate program

Registration is now open for a new United Fresh-Cornell University External Education / eCornell certificate program Navigating Emerging Issues in the Fresh Produce Industry,…

Top Seeds International appoints new Country Manager for Mexico

Vicente Zamudio Guzman has been appointed as Country Manager of Top Seeds Mexico, part of Israeli company Top Seeds International, which specializes in the research and marketing of innovative, high-quality hybrid vegetable varieties. Vicente, who will officially take up his new role on 8th September 2020…

UK: AHDB pledges to reform in response to request for views

A new strategy and improved communication with levy payers on how their money is spent are just two of the significant changes AHDB has pledged to make. This follows the…

Ralph Coenen, Vitacress Real

“Dutch retail sales skyrocketed, but specialty herbs were replowed”

On the one hand, the Dutch company, Vitacress Real, recently had to ‘put a freeze’ on certain products. That was for specialty herbs, edible flowers, and other niche products. On the other, it saw a sharp rise in retail sales for herbs such as basil, parsley, and chives. “Along with toilet paper and…

Farm Fresh hires Lead Salesman

Farm Fresh Produce Inc., grower and shipper of sweet potatoes, would like to introduce Oscar Avila, Lead Salesman specializing in sweet potatoes. A native of Goldsboro, NC, Avila obtained a Business Administration and Finance degree from Barton College. Avila has previously worked in the produce industry, acting as a sales and…

A strong brand says 'Thank you'!

Looye Honey Tomatoes on tour of GFI wholesale markets in Germany

Looye, the Dutch premium supplier of Looye Honey Tomatoes, would like to thank its retail partners by undertaking an extraordinary, Germany-wide tour in September. A Looye team, provided by the agency Move In Promotion, will set up central information points at wholesale markets throughout Germany.…

California Giant Berry Farms announces sustainability certification for strawberries

California Giant Berry Farms and Measure to Improve, LLC announced the Sustainably Grown certification of Satsuma Farms, strategic strawberry grower-partner for California Giant, under the rigorous standard of SCS Global Services. Satsuma Farms, located in Watsonville, California, is the first strawberry…

Fonkels Re-fruiter tray nominated for European Carton Excellence Award 2020

The Re-fruiter tray from Fonkels has been nominated for the European Carton Excellence Award 2020. The Re-fruiter tray is a fully cardboard packaging, made from 100% recycled material, with unique properties. The jury found the tray to be very distinctive in terms of shape, function and durability: hence…

FruitHydroSinni opens sorting facility in Germany

Interest towards fresh produce for people with food intolerances or allergies is increasing considerably, so much so that an Italian company specializing in the production of produce free from nickel, histamine and other heavy metals is opening a new sorting facility in Germany. Ivan Santarcangelo is the…

Manus Bio and STK Bio-Ag partner up

Manus Bio Inc. (Manus Bio), a leader in the production of complex natural products through advanced bio-fermentation, and STK Bio-Ag Technologies (STK), an innovator of botanical and ‘hybrid’ crop protection solutions, are announcing a collaboration agreement to develop and commercialize a series of…

Andermatt Romania: a new subsidiary in the Andermatt Biocontrol Group

Andermatt Biocontrol has established a new subsidiary in Bucharest, Romania, called Andermatt Romania SRL. Andermatt Biocontrol is pleased to announce that Felix Dubach will…

Amazon

An inside look into the new Amazon Fresh store

Stewart Samuel, who works on projects that focus on improving existing food retail formats, store of the future development and discovering new retail technologies. On his LinkedIn page he has a quick look inside the new Amazon Fresh store from Amazon. Video source: Amazon Open on an invitation-only…

OFTB

Ontario Food Terminal Board welcomes new Vice Chair, Director

The Ontario Food Terminal Board (OFTB) has a new Vice Chair and a new director effective August 31. Christy McMullen of Summerhill Market in Toronto is serving as Vice Chair of the organization, and John Den Boer of Den Boer Family Farms near Tillsonburg has assumed a director position. Both have been…

Spiro Stefanou on Twitter

Dr. Spiro Stefanou new USDA ERS administrator

Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education, Economics Dr. Scott Hutchins announced today that USDA has named Dr. Spiro Stefanou to lead the Economic Research Service (ERS)…

Scottish agritech firm has the world in its sights with appointment of Global Projects Director

Edinburgh-based agritech and smart spaces business, IGS, has welcomed Kathleen Honeyman to its management team as Global Projects Director. Her appointment marks a significant step-change in the company’s development as it moves to deliver vertical farms to customers around the world. The new role will…

CubicFarms announces sale of control rooms to Terramera

CubicFarms is pleased to announce the sale of three Control Rooms to Terramera. Terramera is a British Columbia-based company on a mission to reduce global synthetic pesticide…

Coco fiber and coir production facility joins the Fibredust family

Fibredust announces new Mexican operation “Costa Sur”

US based Fibredust announced the expansion of their Mexican operation to include the production facility in beautiful Jalisco Mexico. This 10 hectare facility offers a new avenue for coir and fiber made and shipped from Mexico. “The addition of Costa Sur to the Fibredust family enables efficient shipment…

Agricultural robot maker raises EUR 9.5 million

Norwegian and UK based Saga Robotics has recently raised EUR 9.5 million from international investors in support of its ambitious growth plans. Thorvald robots are operating on multiple farms across the world, where they perform light treatment to control mildew on strawberries and vines, drastically…

Tomeco and Mechatronix form partnership

Tomeco is the collaborative effort of several experienced Belgian family-run businesses to grow the best possible specialty tomatoes with the utmost respect for nature and the environment. Within the Tomeco group, the growers share their experience, values and vision: to deliver a sustainable and…

Church Brothers Farms launches Green Giant fresh items

Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh® brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato. The Sweet Baby vegetable line includes sweet…

Fresh Domain and Fresca Group join forces in new venture

A significant agreement signed this week has brought two leading fresh produce companies from opposite sides of the globe together in an exciting new sourcing and supply…

Greenyard shows sustainable sales growth

Greenyard has released an update on its current sales growth. The company's sales of € 1,149.3m shows a double-digit growth of 11.4%in the first quarter of this fiscal year…

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new building at Pfalzmarkt eG: Management Board answers questions

"With this site expansion we are creating the conditions for a freshness offensive"

At Pfalzmarkt eG in Mutterstadt, one of Europe's largest and most modern marketing centers for fresh fruit and vegetables is now rapidly taking shape. With this building project, Pfalzmarkt eG is right on schedule. The company is investing around 30 million euros for the completion of the new marketing…

Q7 Air Cargo

Dutch Flower Group welcomes new partner in Airflo

Dubai based perishable logistics company Q7 Air Cargo is to acquire an interest in the Dutch holding company of Airflo, the specialised perishable logistics group of companies with operations in Kenya and the Netherlands. Airflo’s owner, Dutch Flower Group (DFG), who themselves recently completed the…

Syngenta Group shares first half year report

Syngenta Group Co., Ltd. today announced the Group’s first half year results after its formation on June 18, 2020. The Group increased sales by 2 percent to more than $12…

CO2 Gro Inc. and Hidroexpo announce commercial feasibility

Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. is pleased to announce that it will install a CO2 Delivery Solutions VCO2 system for a Commercial Feasibility at one of Hidroexpo S.A. de C.V.’s…

University of California

New Artificial Intelligence institute for next generation food systems

The University of California, Davis, has been awarded $20 million as part of a multi-institutional collaboration to establish a new institute focused on enabling the next generation food system through the integration of artificial intelligence, or AI, technologies. The award is part of a larger…

Coop Denmark to test new green discount supermarket - Coop 365

On Thursday, 3 September, Coop Denmark will open its 13th Coop 365 test branch. These stores have been set up according to a new format. It's something between a discount and…

US (CA): USDA breaks ground on new agricultural research technology center

Construction of the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) new Agricultural Research Technology Center in Salinas, California, kicked off today with a virtual and live…

Vertigo Farms on Facebook

Netled partners up with agritech start-up Vertigo Farms:

A focus on new kinds of vertical farming applications

Netled and a Polish agritech start-up, Vertigo Farms have announced a new technology partnership. Vertigo Farms will use Netled’s Vera vertical farming technology in its indoor growing projects. The collaboration has already started, and the goal is to have the first plants growing at the beginning of…

The Australian-based seed company making niche vegetable varieties available to more growers

A major Australian wholesale vegetable seed supplier says it is making itself more available to vegetable growers by increasing its online presence and reducing minimum pack sizes on a select seed range to cater for a wider range of clients.     Fairbank's Selected Seed Co. National Sales Manager, George Jelbart says the company…

Henny Wilpshaar new co-CEO of KeyGene

KeyGene announces that as of September 1, 2020, Mrs Henny Wilpshaar, currently Financial Director at Kennemervis Groep, has been appointed as co-CEO of KeyGene. With this appointment, KeyGene’s Executive Board has been extended and will now comprise of two co-CEO’s who both will be responsible for all…

Coop Denmark's customers saved 1 million meals from being wasted, via Too Good To Go

Coop has been working with the Too Good To Go since 2017. This is an anti-food wastage app. People can use it to buy bags containing perishable goods. These are then collected from their local supermarket. In Denmark, this has already saved 1 million meals from being tossed away. That's equal to about 10,926 flights…

Stoller: Empowering Plants, Empowering People

"We represent innovation and efficiency in the application of plant physiology"

Stoller Europe is the subsidiary of the American multinational Stoller Group, which serves the agricultural markets of Europe, North Africa, and Russia. "Our team is made up…

Antonio Ripolles, from Donsol:

"We are the first to export Tomberry to Hong Kong and Singapore by air"

Donsol, the Spanish capital company based in Slovakia which has Tomberry plantations in this country and in the Czech Republic, managed this summer to export this product to the markets of Hong Kong and Singapore for the first time. “Tomberry is the commercial brand of the tomato berry concept, from the Dutch…

Priva

Priva announces €10,000 “Horti Heroes” challenge winner

Nordetect, a biochemical analytics startup that develops lab-on-a-chip systems, was named the winner of Priva's “Horti Heroes” challenge for their portable nutrient sensor. Led by Priva’s Horticulture Innovation Lab (Phil), this competition was designed to discover and help showcase pioneering…

15 years of Botanicoir

Building up stock, always an exciting challenge

“The spring and summer months are an exciting time of year at Botanicoir as we work to build up our stocks and production plan for the busy Northern European season,” says Kalum Balasuriya, Managing Director with Botanicoir. Building stocks is no mean feat with the unpredictable weather and of course…

Liverpool and Heysham routes

Stena Line to boost freight capacity ahead of increased trade activity

Stena Line will boost the freight capacity on its Liverpool and Heysham routes due to an expected increase in pre-Brexit trade activity. The ferry service will charter the…

Sales of fresh sweetcorn up 30% at Waitrose

'Sweetcorn is making a comeback this year with sales of fresh sweetcorn up 30% at Waitrose, as the nation looks to lead a healthier lifestyle and brighten up its plates with…

Departure after 25 years of Greenyard

Martin de Vries transfers his responsibility to the management team of Fresh Solutions GmbH

Martin de Vries has decided that after 25 years it is time to say goodbye to Greenyard to take up another challenge. As from 1 January 2021, Martin de Vries will transfer his…

Spain

Mercadona launches a facial oil made with tomatoes from Extremadura

The Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has launched an innovative facial oil made with lycopene, a powerful natural antioxidant extracted from the tomatoes known as “red…

NIAB

Barn4:

A Cambridge-based incubator business space for agritech SMEs

Start-up agritech businesses will have access to new work and research facilities, alongside business support opportunities, with the development of Barn4, a purpose-built facility on the outskirts of Cambridge. The crop research organisation NIAB has been awarded £2.5 million funding from The…

Bolthouse Farms gives more than $4 million in donations to employees and communities

Amid the global pandemic, Bolthouse Farms has amplified its giving efforts donating more than $4 million in fresh carrots, beverages, dressings and monetary donations in the last year. Driven by its mission of Plants Powering People, the company’s efforts started with taking care of its employees in the…

Second quarter results of ADAMA show return to growth despite COVID-19 headwinds

Ignacio Dominguez, President and CEO of ADAMA, said, "In these challenging times, we have delivered a second quarter marked by strong underlying business growth, despite the…

GlobalGAP

New user-friendly GlobalGAP app

GlobalGAP announced the launch of their new app 'GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions'. It has been available to download from app stores since 24 July. The app, available for both Android and IOS devices,…

Heliospectra

Heliospectra releases Half Year Report January-June 2020

Heliospectra presented its Half Year Report for January-June 2020. Net sales amounted to KSEK 19 874 (16 744) which means an increase of 19% compared to last year. Of the period’s sales, the Mitra product group made up 33%. The operating loss amounted to KSEK -22 242 (-20 842) KSEK, signifying a negative…

Ray Austin welcomed to BioSafe Systems team

BioSafe Systems welcomes Ray Austin to the team, a soil treatment specialist based out of Florida. Ray comes with extensive experience as an agricultural consultant, and over…

Agtech startup iFarm raises $4M for automated indoor farming

iFarm, a startup that provides innovative solutions for growing fresh greens, berries and vegetables, raised $4M in funding. The round was led by Gagarin Capital, that previously invested in the project. Other investors include Matrix Capital, Impulse VC, IMI.VC and several business angels.The company…

First Chinese fruit company to obtain this honor

Joy Wing Mau Corporation Limited selected by Deloitte China as “Best Managed Chinese Company of 2020”

The Harvard Business Review published a new list of the “Best Managed Chinese Companies of 2020” in July 2020. The well-known Chinese fruit company Joy Wing Mau Corporation Limited has the honor of leading this list. The Best Managed Company (hereafter referred to as “BMC”) is a global project of…

United Fresh releases summer 2020 fresh insights for foodservice

The Summer 2020 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice is now available. Sponsored by Produce Alliance, this quarterly report highlights on-trend foodservice…

Sara Boettiger new head of global public affairs, science and sustainability at Bayer

Bayer announced that Sara Boettiger, Ph.D. will lead the global Crop Science Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability organization effective September 1, 2020. As a member…

Colombian Government visits the nursery industry

The new Colombian Vice Minister of Agricultural Affairs of Colombia, Juan Gonzalo Botero, along with the General Manager of the Colombian Phytosanitary Agency, ICA, Deyanira Barrero, participated in a field trip to the Darwin Colombia production farm with Jairo Cadavid, president of the Association of…

Bom Group selected for building new high-tech greenhouses Pure Harvest

Pure Harvest Smart Farms has commissioned Dutch specialist contractor Bom Group to build its state-of-the-art high-tech farms as it expands its footprint in the region. In the Middle East, Bom Group has a proven track record and is responsible for the design and installation of the Estidamah Research…

Oscar Niezen sees opportunities for Dutch suppliers in combination with training:

“There's too little hands-on education in Asia”

Oscar Niezen, originally not a grower, has been active in the international horticulture for over twenty years now, with experience in the seed world, greenhouse building and greenhouse technology.  Especially on the 'business side'. With his company CoHort Consulting and some partners in Asia, he is now specialised…

Matt Hiltner with Babé Farms

"The coral-like, conical turrets set our Romanesco broccoli apart"

Supplies of Romanesco broccoli are strong out of California. “We’re currently seeing bountiful numbers of both baby and full-size Romanesco,” says Matt Hiltner of Babé Farms, Inc. in Santa Maria, CA. “Supply is currently better than it was last year at this point. The mild summer we’ve experienced thus…

Dr. Santa Ono joins strategic advisory board at Terramera

Terramera, the global agtech leader fusing science, nature and artificial intelligence to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture, today announced that Dr.…


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