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Cravo retractable peaked roof greenhouses turn 30 years old

It was all the way back in 1990 when Donald Layser from Layser’s Plants and Flowers in Myerstown Pennsylvania wanted to protect his outdoor spring crops from the frost and rain. The retractable flat roof houses had already been in operation for 8 years but they were not capable of keeping rain off the…

Operational Director (COO) Antoine Kapteijns on Codema's approach to securing quality in customized horticultural solutions

Developing horticultural expertise worldwide

How does the Dutch specialist in horticultural solutions ensure that the same high-quality customization is provided worldwide? Codema's COO tries to standardize processes and components as much as possible while remaining room for customization. Though still maintaining people at the centre. In this…

UbiQD partners with Solvay to distribute luminescent greenhouse covers

UbiQD, Inc., an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security, and the Solvay Group, announced that they have agreed to partner on the development of next-generation luminescent greenhouse technology under UbiQD's UbiGro family of specialty…

Kevin Helash new CEO of Marrone Bio

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., an international leader in providing growers with sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions to global agricultural needs, today…

Certis USA

Amy O'Shea from president to CEO of Certis USA

Amy O’Shea, President of Certis USA, has been named CEO while successfully completing the biopesticide leader’s management progression that was initiated in early 2020 when…

Horticentar expands in Serbia and Croatia

Dutch knowledge and premium products in the Balkan region

Horticentar (Adria DOO), as a subsidiary of a Dutch and a Macedonian company has been actively present in the Balkan region for over 5 years in the sales of premium fertilisers and technical equipment for agri- and horticulture. Local presenceHorticentar is the exclusive dealer of the Dutch fertiliser…

Nuffield International

Applications for 2021 Nuffield Scholarships open

Nuffield International Farming Scholars has opened applications for 2021 scholarships, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective Nuffield Scholars are people in agriculture with a desire to explore the global industry and find new best practices and insights…

Dominique Amilien appointed CEO of Vilmorin-Mikado

After serving as Deputy CEO of Vilmorin-Mikado for almost two years, Dominique Amilien succeeds Rodolphe Millet and takes over as CEO of the Franco-Japanese seed company. He began his new role on May 11, 2020 with the objective of strengthening the company’s new identity. A full embodiment of Vilmorin-Mikado’s…

New biotechnology production facility in Poland

Intermag built a new biotechnology production facility in Olkusz (Poland). The production workshops with a combined area of 1,200 square meters are equipped with an installation for multiplying microorganisms, a set of devices for the production of bio-products in dry and liquid form, indispensable…

New OMRI Mexico review program

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review institute) is now accepting applications for input review to the Mexico Organic Products Law (Ley de Productos Orgánicos, or LPO), providing consistent and reliable…

Harvest House turnover grows by over 10%

The Harvest House cooperative closed the 2019 financial year with a turnover growth of over 10%. This became clear during the general members' meeting. The members of Harvest…

Peter van Dijck new president of Cooperative Fossa Eugeniana U.A.

Last night Peter van Dijck was appointed chairman of growers' cooperative Fossa Eugeniana U.A. at the general members' meeting. Van Dijck immediately succeeds Ton Holthuijsen, who has held this position since 1995. The Cooperative Board is pleased to have found the successor within its own ranks and…

LettUs Grow

New business premises for Stolze

Stolze's new industrial premises in the Honderdland industrial area in Maasdijk is edging closer to realisation. The drawings of the exterior of the building are ready and "as far as we are concerned, construction can’t start soon enough! Please allow us to provide you with a preview of what the building will look like," says…

45 years Logiqs: From container systems to vertical farming and warehouse automation

45 years ago, on July 1st, 1975, the Logiqs journey began, together with the founding of Intransit B.V. (the company’s initial name). And even though the company name and shareholders may have changed since then, they still look back at this date as the very beginning of the company. "At the start, the…

Jan Willem Tolhoek, Veiling Zaltbommel:

"Spring was generally excellent for Dutch strawberry growers"

This year's soft fruit season is, by no means, typical. Nevertheless, Veiling Zaltbommel's Jan Willem Tolhoek isn't displeased with sales. Jan is the Head of sales and marketing at this Dutch cooperative. "The coronavirus pandemic made it a completely different year. But, across the board, we absolutely…

Danish supermarket group partners with Too Good To Go to combat food waste

Netto is the largest supermarket chain in Denmark. They've now partnered with the anti-food wastage app, Too Good To Go. From 23 June, 519 Netto branches will offer bags of left-over products. These will be sold on the Too Good To Go app. This is Too Good To Go's biggest collaboration in Denmark. About…

Aquaponics center under construction on St. Croix

After several years of planning, government officials, members of Farmers in Action and Fresh Ministries broke ground on a plot of land in Estate Bethlehem’s coconut grove for an agribusiness center for aquaponic farming. The project began seven years ago when Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Sen. Allison…

FFT Expo welcomes UKUAT as show partner

Future Farm Technology Expo (FFT Expo) is delighted to announce that the UK urban vertical farm association Urban AgriTech UK (UKUAT) has joined Future Farm Technology Expo as…

The Australian Made kangaroo is here to stay

The famous Australian Made logo is not being replaced. It will remain as Australia’s global product symbol, following reports of a new Nation Brand for Australia. According to…

USDA files action against Texas company for alleged PACA violations

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

$50 mln venture launched: 1868 Ventures

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, as well as hydroponic and indoor growing products, announced today the launch of 1868…

Managing director Bonny Heeren leaves Saint-Gobain Cultilene

Bonny Heeren has announced he will leave Saint-Gobain Cultilene. As managing director, he spent more than ten years at the helm of the company, which grew into a leading supplier of substrate and horticultural glass under his leadership. Bonny Heeren started working for Cultilene in 2009, at a company that…

Prominent turns 25

On 30 June 1995 - 25 years ago - seven growers founded the Prominent growers' association. These were entrepreneurs who wanted to improve the Dutch tomato's image. They wanted to do so by offering a better tasting, better quality tomato. And by doing so, get a better price for the product.  And look at where they are now. Time to…

The beauty of collaboration between cultivation consultants

Cropex is a collaboration between 15 independent cultivation advisors. "Almost everyone of us has had our own production company, so we have a lot of feeling with the crops and the operational management," says Willem Valstar with StarGrow Consultancy. "That helps by giving practical advice to…

Telrol and Kolibri Labels become part of Optimum Group

Telrol Group, consisting of the specialists in self adhesive labels Telrol and Kolibri Labels, becomes part of Optimum Group. The addition of Telrol Group fits within the…

Chinese companies to aid Pakistan cucumber production

Chinese biotech companies could help to boost Pakistan’s production of cucumbers and other vegetables through cooperative partnership, said Rahat Sharif, a Pakistani student…

DiMare Fresh approved for second round of USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program

DiMare Fresh has been approved for a second round of funding by the USDA for the “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. The initial round of Farmers to Families Food Box…

FarmTech Society elects new Board of Directors

The FarmTech Society (FTS) held its second constitutional annual general meeting (virtually) on June 24th 2020. FTS members elected a new board of directors, who in turn appointed the new advisory board. The new boards are elected for a period of two years. The board of directors also appointed the daily…

Alberto Medina-Mora joins Fall Creek Farm & Nursery as regional director for Mexico

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery company, announced that Alberto Medina-Mora has joined the company as regional director for Mexico.…

Special Greenhouse Construction

In the coming weeks, greenhouse construction takes center stage in the special of HortiDaily, FloralDaily and our Dutch newsletters GroentenNieuws and BPnieuws. For one month, we will pay more attention to everything that is being built in this sector. Besides new projects, we will also highlight technical innovations. What…

Wilbur-Ellis

Wilbur-Ellis celebrates 100 years in business, raises funds for Red Cross

Only a handful of companies last 100 years, and Wilbur-Ellis is beginning the celebration of its 100th anniversary, as they count down to that milestone on June 29, 2021. The celebration will continue over the next 12 months and includes a new 100th Anniversary website and a new Giving Program that will…

Wil Beekers: "With this new building we're anticipating our European clients' expected growth".

BerryWorld's new 16,000m2 soft fruit DC meets BREEAM Outstanding sustainability norm

Anyone who's driven alongside the Plukmadese Polder, north of the A59, in the Netherlands recently has seen BerryWorld's new distribution center going up. The 16,000m2 building's completion is planned for the end of July. From September, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries will be…

Paul Demyttenaere, REO Veiling

“The Green Deal offers opportunities we must grab with both hands”

After the 'extraordinary' COVID-19 period, things are almost 'back to normal' at REO Veiling in Belgium. "We took measures quickly. So, we, as a cooperative, could keep doing our work," says REO Veiling's Dominiek Keersebilck. "After the hoarding weeks, demand has somewhat stabilized again. But, not all…

USDA cites Versa Marketing Inc. in California for PACA violations

As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Revol Greens announces growth in Minnesota and California

US: Company expands greenhouse locations and welcomes senior staff

Revol Greens announced the expansion of its Minnesota greenhouse from two to 10 acres. This is now the largest greenhouse in the U.S. dedicated to baby leaf lettuce. In addition, Revol Greens has appointed a new CEO, Mark Schulze, along with seven new senior team members who bring robust produce-industry…

United Fresh names best virtual exhibit booths

From a new concept just a few months ago to a 200-company virtual expo reaching more than 7,500 attendees, United Fresh LIVE! brought out the best in exhibiting company marketing teams. Based on attendee votes through the United Fresh LIVE! platform, we can now announce the “best of the best” in…

Connecting the dots in Africa

Harald Peeters, Area manager Africa for RijkZwaan shared a video on LinkedIn in which the activities of the company are shown. He writes "My job has always been diverse and touching different fields. Connecting the dots ..." Source: LinkedIn

Theo Botha - Freshlinq

Innovative technology enables setup of trading facility within two days

On Wednesday morning, when it became clear that the Tshwane municipal fresh produce market would have to temporarily close due to a positive Covid-19 case, Freshlinq decided to move ahead with the establishment of a trading  facility in Midrand. Right: SJ Käber of RSA Market Agents receiving several pallets…

Solarenn sees “green” for its tomatoes

With 100% of its farms certified HEV (High Environmental Value), Solarenn is committed to biodiversity, crop protection, and the management of fertilization and water…

Florian Steiner takes positive stock of the first year of the BIOhof:

"Great taste and quality always come out on top"

One year ago, BIOhof in Kirchweidach was ceremonially opened under the direction of Florian Steiner. It was an exciting year for the young entrepreneur who grows organic tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers on 60,000m² of land. Although the Steiner family has been active in greenhouse cultivation for a long time,…

Henri Schockman (Levarht) on the current greenhouse vegetable season:

"Air freight capacity limits overseas pepper export, cucumbers on the rise and loose tomatoes taking hits"

The impact of the Corona crisis is extremely varied for the companies in the fresh produce sector, commercial manager Henri Schockman of Levarht from Aalsmeer notes. "Companies that focus on supplying to retail in Northwestern Europe have generally performed well in recent months. The companies that…

Dr. Fan-Li Chou new vice president of ASTA

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Fan-Li Chou as Vice President, Scientific Affairs and Policy. Building on the strong legacy of Dr. Bernice Slutsky – who is retiring after 15 years with ASTA – in this high-profile position, Dr. Chou will work closely…

Churilovo

Russian grower replaces old lights with LED

Agricultural complex Churilovo have renovated the lighting format: regular lamps were replaced with contemporary LED ones, which are more economical, long-lasting and durable. Currently, LED lighting is applied in Churilovo to cucumber growing on an acreage of 4 ha. According to the grower, the…

UK: CABI appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Dr Daniel Elger has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of CAB International (CABI) in succession to Dr Trevor Nicholls on his retirement. Roger Horton (Chair of the Board) said that, “I am delighted that we have appointed Daniel to be our next CEO. He has an impressive breadth and depth…

International customer base and distribution rights transferred

Bol Peat takes over Shakti Cocos distribution

Bol Peat B.V. has taken over the operational business of Shakti Cocos B.V. With effect from 1 June 2020, Shakti Cocos transferred the exclusive international distribution rights and the existing customer base to the Dutch trading company. The agreement also includes the acquisition of the Shakti Cocos…

Ofir Elasar appointed new VP Sales & Marketing at Top Seeds International

Ofir Elasar is the new VP Sales & Marketing of Top Seeds International. Elasar, 49, a Business Management graduate, has worked in the young plants sector at Hishtil, covering…

Ben van der Heide new Chief Sales Officer at Bosman van Zaal

Ben van der Heide recently joined Bosman Van Zaal in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, as Chief Sales Officer. In this capacity he is, together with Manager Sales & Marketing Ronaldt Thoen, responsible for the commercial activities of this turnkey greenhouse builder. Van der Heiden is an experienced horticulturalist,…

Rost

Russian grower plans 17 ha greenhouse complex in Nizhny Novgorod

In 2020, Rost, one of the biggest vegetable producers in Russia, are planning to open a greenhouse complex in the city of Bor (Nizhny Novgorod) at the cost of 65.5 million euros. The acreage of the first phase of the greenhouse complex should comprise 17.3 ha. It is planned to grow cucumbers and tomatoes…

'Nearest to nature' substrates for hydroponic cultivation

GrowSoil Substrates Private Limited is a fully owned Sri Lankan company with over 14 years of experience in the manufacturing & supply of high quality, bio-degradable cocopeat-based growing medium for hydroponic cultivation. Srinath Perera is the company's Managing Director and Technical Advisor and he…

Bayer

Bayer pays over $10 billion in Roundup settlement

Bayer announced a series of agreements that will substantially resolve major outstanding Monsanto litigation, including U.S. Roundup product liability litigation, dicamba drift litigation and PCB water litigation. The main feature is the U.S. Roundup resolution that will bring closure to approximately…

US/Dutch collaboration to create Appalachia AgTech capital

AppHarvest is building one of the world’s largest controlled environment agriculture facilities. The company announced that it has brought together more than a dozen organizations, including the governments of the Netherlands and Kentucky as well as universities and private companies, to commit to the…

Dr Bart Fraaije joins NIAB

Dr Bart Fraaije has been appointed by NIAB to lead its research programme on disease control. He will be expanding NIAB’s research on new crop protection tools, fungicide resistance monitoring and developing optimal disease control programmes for fungal pathogens on cereals and other crops.  Dr Fraaije joins NIAB from Rothamsted…

Craig Taylor & Steven Frankel - Fruitlab

New South African tissue culture lab aims to balance research and collaboration

Fruitlab is a newly-established agritech enterprise, whose core business is tissue culture, but their future plans include controlled environment growth rooms for research and development and hopefully, the duo behind Fruitlab say, also collaborations on both the local and international level. A 2017…

"Our philosophy is to connect with everything"

30MHz partners with Amazon Web Services for their data platform. Flavia Paganelli, co-founder and CTO, spoke about the reasons for the choice to work with AWS in a webinar.…

Sakata Seed America announces acquisition of Danziger blocky pepper program

Sakata Seed America announced the acquisition of the blocky bell pepper breeding program from Danziger “Dan” Seeds Ltd of Israel. The purchase entitles Sakata to all existing assets of Danziger’s blocky bell pepper breeding program. The acquisition, which includes several existing commercial varieties in…

Robert-Jan de Goeij appointed as commercial director (CCO) Codema

Recently Robert-Jan de Goeij joined as commercial director (CCO) and shareholder to the management of Codema. The total supplier of essential horticultural solutions was not unknown to De Goeij. As an industry partner from previous positions at Dalsem and Megaphoton, he already had a link with Codema.…

Maarten van Hagen joins Holland Gaas

Maarten van Hagen has started working at Holland Gaas and will contribute to the success of mesh systems for growers. Maarten introduces himself: "I have a great passion for horticulture and have already been wor…

Jason Bull new Chief Technology Officer at Benson Hill

Benson Hill, a crop innovation company dedicated to unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, has named Jason Bull as Chief Technology Officer to oversee all platform and product development. Bull is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of industry experience unlocking synergies between biology…

Fabio Formaggio

Bananas: Walmart's bestselling product

Vice.com did a report on Walmart, stating: “You may associate the world’s largest retailer with toys and tires and the occasional leather thong, but Walmart is also the…

Startup pioneering vertical agriculture in Latin America raises close to one million dollars

AgroUrbana completed the second round of funding, raising close to one million US dollars to finance the company’s plans for developing and optimising their technology, opening up the market and developing its first commercial plant, and consolidating their place in the market as pioneers in Vertical…

New leadership team for ASTA and annual award winners

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced its new leadership team and the 2020 industry award winners during the association's 'PLDC Virtual' annual meeting. The members of the FY2020-21 ASTA officer team - officially taking office on July 1 - are: Chair: John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Alexander,…

New board members and officers for Organic Trade Association

In a running start for the 2020-2021 governing year, the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors seated two new members, welcomed back three others, and appointed…

Donald Coles new ISF president

Australian seedsman and business leader Donald Coles has succeeded Eduard Fito as President of the International Seed Federation (ISF), the 10th person to hold the position since the merging of FIS and ASSINSEL in 2002. He will serve a term of two years. Donald Coles was former First Vice President of the ISF Executive Committee…

The Yield Technology Solutions

Australian tech company gets $11 mln injection from Yamaha

An Australian agri-tech company has been given major funding with the finalisation of an $11 million investment. The Yield Technology Solutions confirmed that venture capital…

New South African operating facility for Futura Sa Plasmatec

Futura SA and Plasmatec have recently moved their operating facility to Units 7, 8 and 9 Watershed Park Square Street in Stikland, Cape Town, South Africa. "Plasmatec Engineering was established in 2017 in Cape Town and deals mainly with systems to process fresh produce as well as lines for poultry, the fishing…

Delphy opens location in Rwanda

As of June 1, 2020, Delphy has opened its own office in Rwanda. Delphy was already active in Rwanda, but is taking the next step in development by opening its own office. In particular, due to the…

KUBO exists 75 years: Full-service grow concepts

KUBO exists 75 years. Wouter Kuiper: "Ten years ago, KUBO made the transition from supplying hardware to offering turn-key solutions such as the Ultra-Clima. That’s a proven standard. The step we are taking now is to offer Full-Service Grow Concepts. This means that we will be offering many more services…

The Romagna based Trasp-Orto reached its peak during the health emergency

Online orders increased from 80 to 1600 per month

Until February, online orders and home deliveries were around 80 per month. Then, in March, they reached almost 1600 and then decreased slightly in April and May. This was the case of the company L'Orto di Famiglia, based in San Mauro Pascoli (Forlì-Cesena), and managed by the partners Francesco…

QAFCO celebrates 50th anniversary

Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) celebrated its 50th anniversary since establishment and five decades of an international reputation as a premium manufacturer and supplier of…

Syngenta

Syngenta Group officially launched

Syngenta Group announced its official launch. Under a single entity, it unites Syngenta AG, headquartered in Switzerland, ADAMA, based in Israel, and the agricultural businesses of Sinochem, based in China. The new entity, headquartered in Switzerland, has 48,000 employees in more than 100 countries, and…

Ontario, Canada

Holland Marsh Growers’ Association protects workers and the community

The HMGA represents 126 farmers who grow a variety of vegetables including 66 percent of the province’s onions and 58 percent of the province’s carrots. Executive Director…

Marko Pomerants new President of the International Peatland Society

The Annual Assembly of National Representatives has elected Marko Pomerants from Estonia new International Peatland Society (IPS) President for the period 2020-2024. Mr. Pomerants will start his position on 18 June 2020. Photo by Ain Liiva / Virumaa Teataja The Assembly, which was held by email during 10…

Orchan Koelijev joins Orance Grow Light Architects

Orchan's name is a familiar one in the international horticultural industry. Over the past five years he has been active in the industry as a Sales Manager in Eastern Europe, CIS – countries and Middle East. He has been very successful in this region and built a strong reputation in the grow light…

Jean Pougnier new CEO of Crop Enhancement

Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable plant-based crop-protection products that protect or enhance crop yields, announced the appointment of Jean Pougnier to CEO…

Rijk Zwaan soft launched field station in Egypt

Despite the Coronavirus, business must go on. Rijk Zwaan hosted a soft launch of its field station and melon field days in a series of COVID-proof events. Since Egypt joined the international Plant Variety Protection Organization (UPOV) on the 1st of December 2019, new opportunities have opened for plant…

The future of food

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Pairwise to learn more about how the food tech company is working to solve health challenges through food. Secretary Perdue and company leaders discussed how small business innovation and modern technology are helping find new ways to help make healthier food choices available…

Expansion into Midwest US for Bee Vectoring

Bee Vectoring Technologies announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers to use BVT’s natural precision agriculture system in the current growing season. These deals show continuing momentum of BVT’s growth, as they represent the first deals in the US Midwest and build on the Company’s strong…

US (WV): Expanded research, outreach and education at former rehab center

West Virginia State University (WVSU) continues efforts to strengthen its agricultural, food, and natural resources programming through infrastructure improvement activities at the site of the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center in Institute. The property, which was transferred to WVSU in 2014,…

Bluelab strengthens Americas team with Lori Kunz

Bluelab has appointed Lori Kunz as sales manager for the company’s Americas division. Kunz contributes 15+ years of greenhouse technology experience with leadership roles, most recently in horticultural LED lighting, and, prior to that, with Roots Nantucket and Bartlett’s Farm, where she began her career…

De Ann Davis new senior vice president of Western Growers

Western Growers is pleased to announce the addition of De Ann Davis, PhD, as Senior Vice President, Science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more…

urban agricultural technology players brought together by UKUAT

"Very little has really been established in urban agriculture, but we are innovating and that is exciting"

Bringing together key players in the UK Urban Agriculture industry. That is the goal of UK Urban AgriTech (UKUAT). The organisation helps growers, suppliers, researchers help each other out. UKUAT brings them together and is a platform for information and knowledge. In February of 2020, the collective…

Arvesta invests in Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects

Arvesta, full-service partner of farmers and horticulturists, based in Belgium, continues its international growth and takes a minority shareholding in Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects, a Dutch company that provides state-of-the-art solutions in the area of horticultural technology and globally one…

Daniël Bosman – Werda Cargo / LCL Logistics

“Fresh produce is what we know and what we’re good at”

During peak citrus season Werda Cargo has between 60 and 70 independent loads on the road daily. Within the larger LCL Logistics group (of which Werda Cargo became fully part 18 months ago) as many as 120 loads of citrus are on the road during South Africa's winter months, every truck constantly…

FruitHydroSinni

Strawberries, tomatoes and eggplants grown with the aeroponic system

"Our fruits and vegetables stand out not only due to the absence of nickel, histamine and other heavy metals, but also because of the possibility of letting our clients choose the cultivation technique they prefer. In fact, in addition to hydroponic cultivation, we grow strawberries, tomatoes and…

Coöperatie Hoogstraten focuses mission and vision for the coming years

Much has changed at Coöperatie Hoogstraten in the past year. Since the beginning of this year, Hans Vanderhallen has been the new director, work is underway to realise a new office and the cooperative has drawn up a new mission and vision to clarify the strategy. The mission statement is: "Shaping a…

Carrier Transicold

Southern California: Carrier Transicold opens large service facility

Carrier Transicold of Southern California has opened a new 42,000-square-foot service facility. The 12-bay facility is the largest of CTSC’s three locations in Southern California and is situated on a 6.5-acre parcel located in Jurupa Valley, near the confluence of I-215 and California highways 60 and…

Organic supply chain applauded for resilience in COVID-19

The Organic Trade Association on Tuesday honored all of its members with its Member of the Year Award, applauding the resilience, commitment and community spirit shown by the entire organic supply chain in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We truly think our members are exceptional,” said CEO and…

Pentalayer films for greenhouses

TEHMCO S.A. is a 40-year-old Chilean company specialized in the manufacture of plastic solutions, through its wide range of products, for the mining, health, agricultural and construction industries, among others. Having established a well-earned reputation of world-class service and developing state of the art products, Tehmco…

March 16-18 2021

Greentech Americas rescheduled

GreenTech Americas is moving from 25 - 27 August 2020 to 16 - 18 March 2021. The current health situation in Mexico, due to COVID-19, does not provide the optimal conditions to organize GreenTech’s first show in Querétaro. RAI Amsterdam and Tarsus, as organizers, recognize the power of face to face interaction as the best…

Fifth Season opens flagship farm and partners with NHL hall of famer Mario Lemieux

Fifth Season announced today it has partnered with NHL Hall of Famer and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mario Lemieux. The company has also launched a new e-commerce website with expanded product offerings and all products shipping from Fifth Season’s newly-opened indoor vertical farm.  The partnership…

Dutch horticulture makes United Nations SDGs concrete

On their own, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) might not be very concrete. However, the goals are being taken into account in many annual reports. Even in the horticultural sector, companies know how to handle it, and the goals are applied in practice, for instance in breeding and…

Manufacturer and wholesaler expanding its UK headquarters in Coventry

HydroGarden, which was launched in 1994, is the largest European wholesaler of hydroponics – which is the process of growing plants indoors – following its merger earlier this year with Grow In AG in Berlin, Germany, as well as being a manufacturer of plant feeds. The business sells world-leading brands…

CIOPORA elects President and new Board in its first electronic elections

CIOPORA held its first electronic President and Board elections by secret ballot as a part of the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 on June 3-5. The new CIOPORA Board is comprised of ten individuals from breeding and licensing companies active in a broad range of horticultural cultivars: Steven Hutton…

The new Bluelab

Taking a stand against unsustainable growing practices

During its 30 years in business, Bluelab, the New Zealand-based ag-tech company, has become known as an industry standard for its highly accurate and robust measurement tools for controlled agriculture. In June this year, Bluelab announced its rebranding, revealing a modern new look as well as a…

Canadian greenhouse grower adds two more US-based facilities

Mucci Farms announced that they are adding two new US based facilities in Romulus, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. Furthering their rapid expansion efforts over the last several years, the company is adding new locations to increase efficiencies and service more regions.  “We’re very excited about these two…

CLdN

Short sea freight operator CLdN introduces direct route Spain - UK - Ireland

Short sea freight operator CLdN has been announced it will be starting the first pure RoRo-service in a triangle trade between Santander (ES), Liverpool (UK) and Dublin (IE). Effective from week 25 2020 onwards, CLdN will operate one sailing per week from Santander to Liverpool, followed by calling…

Alcantarilla, Spain Kiko Jiménez

PepsiCo opens new plant for Alvalle gazpacho

PepsiCo has opened a new plant in Spain, commissioned a few years ago with a €31 million (US$35.1 mln) investment for its Alvalle brand of gazpacho. All the vegetables for the…

Eco-kultura suggest limiting trade margin on vegetables

Despite the pandemic, most of the major Russian greenhouse enterprises are not planning on reducing the production or dismiss associates. On the contrary, some companies are planning to increase staffing because of the increase in production volume and acreage. Eco-kultura is one such enterprise. Despite…

Steve Sibulkin new CEO of BioLumic

BioLumic Ltd., a company that uses plant photogenics to unlock the genetic potential of seeds and seedlings, today announced the appointment of Steve Sibulkin as Chief…

Joost Eggebeen, Kraaijeveld, the Netherlands:

"By the end of 2020, half our sales will be done online"

In mid-September 2019, Dutch produce wholesaler, Kraaijeveld, held a major marketing campaign. With it, they introduced their entirely revamped online ordering platform, 'MyKraaijeveld'. We asked Joost Eggebeen about this platform's status. Joost is responsible for Kraaijveld's e-commerce and marketing.…

Lucie Langlade, Sélection Fruits:

"It is a calm week for red fruits"

“The demand for red fruits is rather low this week,” reports Lucie Langlade of Sélection Fruits. The company is based in the French department of Dordogne and markets red…

new online News & Inspiration Portal:

"Via crossovers the best possible solutions"

Viscon Group is proud to introduce a new online News & Inspiration Portal at www.wehaveanidea.eu. After decades of designing, innovating, and building projects, Viscon Group is full of ideas and passionate about turning ideas into reality to continuously improve the Agro and Food system. Topics and…

VDH Foliekassen acquired by AgrowSer

AgrowSer Foliekassen has just signed an agreement to acquire VDH Foliekassen, a developer and builder of high-quality foil greenhouses from Hazerswoude-Dorp. Both companies are mainly active in the Netherlands and the German-speaking market, but also serve markets far beyond Europe, such as Japan and…

Codema and Gideon de Jager part ways

Codema announces to go into the future without commercial director Gideon de Jager. De Jager had worked for Codema for a total of 17 years. During these years, De Jager has held various positions within the company. "Codema shows respect for the work ethic and boundless energy with which he has committed…

strengthening the North American presence

Biotalys expanded executive team and established US headquarters

Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, today announced the expansion of its executive team and establishment of its new U.S. headquarters for Biotalys, Inc., which…

Dutch tomato breeder back after bankruptcy

The first interested parties already registered on May 1, when the bankruptcy of tomato breeding company Green4Health B.V. was declared, and now there is good news. The…

Tomatoes from Tulsky will squeeze Chinese tomatoes out of the Russian market

The first phase of the greenhouse complex Tulsky with an acreage of 26 ha was launched in the village Rudny of Schekinsky district, Tula region (Russia) in January 2020. The new complex is part of Eco-kultura, the biggest greenhouse vegetable producer in Russia. The budget of the first project phase…

Robert Wu replaces Martin Dahlberg as CEO at Oboya

Martin Dahlberg, interim CEO at Oboya Horticulture Industries AB, resigns with immediate effect and Robert Wu is appointed as CEO. Martin Dahlberg was appointed as CEO in…

Simply Fresh to expand its fresh produce reach by partnering with Swiggy and Dunzo

Simply Fresh an Indian fresh producer and supplier has decided to spread its freshness & increase the reach of its green produce by partnering with delivery platforms including Swiggy and Dunzo. Consumers can now avail of a wide variety of fresh and immunity-boosting produce straight from the farm…

USDA cites New York produce company for PACA Violations

As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Del Monte Fresh

‘Can Do Done Daily’

Del Monte Fresh introduced new campaign to highlight its workforce

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is one of North America’s leading marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. It’s new 'Can Do Done Daily' campaign showcases the exemplary work Del Monte Fresh Produce’s staff has remained committed to executing throughout the…

Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet partners with Food Lion to donate meals

Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet is extremely proud to be participating in Food Lion’s “Summers Without Hunger” Campaign. Food Lion customers will now have the opportunity to make a…

"I see so many great opportunities to contribute. I can't wait to get started!"

New director for agricultural experiment station at UNH

Dr. Anton Bekkerman, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and associate professor of economics at Montana State University, has been named the next director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences and…

Oboya: Correction of earlier press release regarding risk for write-downs debts

The management of Oboya Horticulture Industries AB (”Oboya” or ”Company”) has after that the press release regarding potential impairment charges for bad debts of about 53…

Phormium appoints Zsuzsanna Tanács as new Application Manager

Zsuzsanna Tanács is a Horticultural Engineer (M.Sc.) and has graduated from the Horticultural University in Budapest, Hungary.She has more than 15 years of experience in the…

AgriPlace & Kleemans:

"AgriPlace Chain & Pro-aQt automate quality management from A - Z"

Two Dutch companies, AgriPlace and Kleemans, recently joined forces. They want to offer Kleemans' clients the benefits associated with AgriPlace Chain. With Pro-aQt, Kleemans offer expert quality advice and digital solutions. They can now provide a total supplier management solution. This is thanks to…

Australia: Selwyn Snell to retire as Chair of Hort Innovation

After 11 years, Hort Innovation Chair Selwyn Snell is set to retire from horticulture’s research and development corporation in November this year. The change comes as the company’s Constitution calls for three of its nine sitting Directors to retire from office in 2020. The three positions will be…

Gakon installs 1,088 solar panels

Gakon has placed 1088 solar panels on the roof of the factory, the office and the shipping. The construction of no less than 1088 solar panels went through two phases. During the first phase, the mounting systems were installed by partner Van der Valk Solar Systems from Monster. The solar panels were…

CW-Chamber

HydroGarden and Grow In:

"A similar business ethos makes us ideal partners"

HydroGarden is delighted to announce its merger with leading German hydroponics wholesaler, Grow In, based in Berlin. By joining forces, the two companies create a large hydroponics wholesaler in the European market, with nearly fifty years combined industry experience. By working with Grow In…

World Horti Center open to visitors again

The World Horti Center in the Netherlands is open to visitors again, since Tuesday 2 June. Naturally with accordance to the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the…

US (FL): Kalera announces new CIO and VP of sales

Kalera announced that it has hired two new executives to fill the positions of CIO and VP of Sales. New Chief Information Officer Jeremy Johnston brings over 15 years of experience in a broad range of fields, including technology, manufacturing, and retail. The newly appointed VP of Sales Jeff Larsen…

Ausveg and Netafim:

Nine years of strategic partnership

Netafim has continued its commitment to the Australian vegetable industry, having renewed its strategic partnership with Ausveg for the ninth consecutive year.  Since introducing the world’s first drip irrigation solutions in 1965, Netafim has pioneered the way in developing products that help its customers…

New chief financial officer for Earth Alive

Earth Alive Clean Technologies, a Canadian soil health company that develops and manufactures advanced microbial technology products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Frédéric Beausoleil as chief financial officer, effective June 8, 2020. Ms. Liette Nadon, who has served as Earth Alive’s…

Lex Dillon retires from managing director Underglass

Lex has worked for the NZ Hothouse group for the past 25 years. NZ Hothouse is a success story in the NZ greenhouse horticulture industry, and has been built up from a small family business into a company that employs over 350 employees.  Born in Huntly, Lex grew up in South Auckland. He finished his college…

Equitable Food Initiative:

Kenton Harmer promoted to managing director

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farm workers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, has promoted Kenton Harmer to the new position of managing director, effective immediately.  Harmer has served as EFI’s director of certification…

How ProEx Food prepares for their digital presence at United Fresh:

"Virtual exhibitions will indirectly foster innovation"

Around the globe companies are trying to come up with ways to cope with the COVID-pandemic. The fruit and vegetable sector was not as affected by the measures and shutdowns as others but keeping distance and finding enough employees has been a challenge. Another big change has been the cancellation of…

joint venture by Denso and Certhon:

"We will contribute to sustainable agricultural production"

DENSO Corporation and Certhon Group announced that they have established DENSO AgriTech Solutions Inc. on May 29. The head office is in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and the president is Osamu Shimizu. It is a sales company focused on providing innovative horticulture solutions. The joint venture will offer…


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