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Tom van der Meer turns 50

On February 2, Tom van der Meer turned 50 years old. Tom was Artechno's first employee, both at the old and new Artechno. His colleagues put him in the limelight as Tom ''is always there for everyone. As Realization Manager, he flies around the world to get our projects on order down to the last bolt and bit." For more information:Artechno…

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Johannes Adams from the herb garden of the same name in Düsseldorf:

Constant level of demand despite price increase of 10 to 20 percent for thyme

The thyme harvest at Kräutergarten Johannes Adams in Düsseldorf is slowly coming to an end. The company was able to offer the popular spice plant for ten months last year, aiming for year-round availability, as managing director Johannes Adams tells us. "Our major customers take between 500 kg to 1 ton…

"There’s something special about Sinaloan farms"

As January came to a finish, produce supplies are expected to increase from West Mexico in the first days of February. With warmer weather on the horizon, Nogales-based grower-shipper, Divine Flavor will ramp up all its major vegetable commodities from its grower alliance in the Culiacan, Sinaloa region.…

SeedsTec Italia

A cherry tomato that tastes like summer even in winter

SeedsTec Italia organised another open day in 2023, which this time focused on Livanti FT, a cherry tomato. Although it is actually a spring and summer cherry tomato, Seeds Technologies presented Livanti F1, grafted on the Selvaggio F1 rootstock, which was transplanted on 6 October, outside its ideal…

CAN (QC): Rigaud-based ecological farm adopts dynamic LED solution

Located in Rigaud, Québec, Petit Brûlé aims to limit its impact on the environment by promoting sustainable farming and livestock techniques, as well as food and energy self-sufficiency. The ecological farm offers produce to local consumers and provide weekly baskets of fruits and vegetables to their…

Priva partners with Integrated Bioengineering

"This partnership will simplify water management for the CEA industry"

Priva has recently entered into a strategic partnership with Integrated Bioengineering to deliver end-to-end water process management solutions for controlled environment agriculture. "Our newly formed partnership with Integrated Bioengineering is an exciting growth opportunity and enables us to extend…

Model-based cultivation: virtual yield can optimise cultivation business

"Every project is only as strong as its weakest link"

"A Chilean grower was recently asked to calculate his potential profit if he were to dose CO2. The costs go up considerably, but the production and potential profit increase even more provided it is all managed properly. The nice thing about this is that it is a relatively low investment. But because you…

2023 marks the 110th anniversary of Sakata Seed Corporation

Sakata: 110 years by the side of the whole food chain

The year 2023 marks the 110th anniversary of Sakata Seed Corporation. At Fruit Logistica, hall 8.2 - stand B61, Sakata EMEA will highlight the close ties woven with its…

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Valent BioSciences acquires FBSciences

Valent BioSciences has acquired FBSciences Holdings. With this acquisition, Valent BioSciences and its parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Co., now offer integrated biorational solutions, including biostimulants, biopesticides and crop nutrition solutions. The acquisition of FBSciences, a leader in…

Proseal marks a 25-year milestone

1998: the Google search engine was launched, Cher’s Believe was the UK’s best-selling single of the year, Arsenal won the Premiership title – and tray sealing specialist Proseal produced its very first machine. Since then, the company has grown to become the world leader in tray sealing technology and an…

US (CT): Horticulture representative transplants to Midsouth and new one takes over in California

Max Gilley has been a successful horticulture representative for BioSafe Systems in California for four years and is a valuable member of the team. He recently transplanted to…

Agri-voltaic systems as a great income opportunity for young producers

Agri-voltaic systems form part of those systems that produce renewable energy and are the most suitable to quickly reach the European objectives of 50% renewable energy and energy independence by 2030. This need is made necessary by the war in Ukraine and the subsequent increase in gas prices. In…

“Trickier than ever to find the right supply/demand balance”

Smaller chicory yield expected in Belgium

This year’s Belgian chicory yield is 20% lower than usual. That could prove beneficial, even though cost prices have risen substantially. “It’s trickier than ever to find a good supply/demand balance,” begins Charles Cattoir of Primalof. Primalof cultivates, packs, and markets chicory. This Belgian…

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Vidre+ works to extend the shelf-life of tomatoes

Sources say that trials conducted with Vidre+ technology demonstrate that the shelf-life and color evolution of tomatoes can be significantly delayed or influenced. Research seems to indicate that Vidre+ extends the shelf-life of tomatoes harvested at color stage 3-5 to 12-18 days after harvest. This was…

Managing the greenhouse from the cloud: opportunities with SaaS

Many new AI technology, software, and hardware solutions are providing a breakthrough in many aspects of the greenhouse sector. But how do you make a wise choice as a greenhouse horticulture entrepreneur, and what options do you have? What do you still want to manage in ownership yourself, and what does…

Esther García, of La Unión:

"At the moment, the supply of vegetables available in Almeria is insufficient to meet the demand"

In the last days of January, the fruit and vegetable products of Almeria have been reaching very good prices at the province's auctions, like La Union's, where most vegetables have easily exceeded the Euro per kilo (in the case of striped eggplant, their price on January 26 stood at 2.75 € / kg),…

Protecting produce from viruses through active packing technologies

In the produce sector, assuring freshness and safety has long been a leading concern of processors, distributors, and brands. Conventional mitigation strategies focus on wash…

Honest AgTech and Cleanlight

Level 5 autonomous crop protection powered by UV-C technology

Honest AgTech and Cleanlight have joined forces to further their autonomous crop protection system powered by UV-C technology. Arjo van der Sluis of CleanLight: "With CleanLight, growers can combat mildew and other diseases with ease - no chemical applications necessary. Regular, low-dosage treatments…

Italy's L'Ortolano Srl

Novelties and well-tested varieties on the tomato front

What could be more common than tomatoes? Yet behind the product - of which there are many different varieties - there is the extensive hard work of research. Italy's L'Ortolano has also been investing in tomato breeding for years now. "For us, the tomato represents an important segment, and our research…

Climate-resilient strawberry variety launched

Singrow, a Singapore-based agri-genomics firm, announced the launch of a climate-resilient strawberry variety. The novel strawberry variety is the first application of this technology. The company is currently developing other crop segments that will address food security challenges around the world,…

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Growers mentality helps Ajax football talent

"Mentally, I have always been strong, partly thanks to the advice of people close to me." So says Mylo van der Lans. The central defender is the captain of Ajax O16 and the…

Charlotte Langerak-Visser on choosing Viscon Plant Technology:

"Companies look for each other, but we actually already have everything in-house"

Visser started in 1967 as an automator of processes in horticulture. "From there, we have grown into various companies in agro & food working in automation." So says Charlotte Langerak-Visser, Chief Strategy Officer at Viscon Group, from the IPM exhibition floor in Essen. "That worked for a very long…

Murat Günes from Westfalen Frischdienst Ltd:

"Prices for containers from Türkiye have dropped by 40 to 50 percent"

At the moment, the availability of many goods is very tight, such as from Spain, which is why prices are "exploding," says Murat Günes from Westfalen Frischdienst Ltd in Hamm. "The prices we have been getting do not reflect the current market value." Currently, he is offering eggplants from Spain, among…

Coveris makes waves in its vision of 'No Waste' at Packaging Innovations 2023

Coveris is set to showcase its sustainable solutions at Packaging Innovations 2023. An award-winning producer of paper-based and plastic packaging, Coveris' product…

Sarah Fox joins Vestaron as VP of Sustainability

Vestaron Corporation announced the appointment of Sarah Fox as its first Vice President of Sustainability. In this role, Fox will lead the company’s sustainability strategy and initiatives, aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture and protecting biodiversity. Fox will focus on defining and developing a…

AeroFarms and PIF create joint venture to build farms in Saudi Arabia and MENA region

The Public Investment Fund signed a joint venture agreement with AeroFarms to establish a company in Riyadh to build and operate indoor vertical farms in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The partnership is expected to enable sustainable, local sourcing of…

US (SC): Heron Farms receives $250,000 investment to expand operations

South Carolina Research Authority's investment affiliate, SC Launch Inc., has invested in Heron Farms Inc. The $250,000 investment will help the Charleston-based startup grow its vertical farming operations that require no naturally occurring freshwater. In 2022, Heron Farms became an SCRA Member Company…

Ozone used to remove ethylene in cold rooms

Miatech's Bio Turbo systems uses ozone to decompose the ethylene in cold storage rooms while also eliminating harmful airborne pathogens like mold and fungus spores reducing…

Bayer and Kimitec join forces to supply biologicals to growers worldwide

Both companies enter into a global strategic partnership for Biologicals discovery and commercialization that includes crop protection and biostimulant products based on molecules derived from natural sources / Kimitec becomes a new strategic partner for Bayer, combining their unique biologicals…

"Our Fruscan S7 sorting technology helps customers better set their own product standards"

January to May is the peak season for apple harvesting and processing in South Africa. Recently, the major apple exporters in South Africa have been busy with the new production season. But it's not just apple processors. Reemoon, a research and development manufacturer of fruit sorting machines, has…

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Fruit Logistica magazine FreshPlaza/Primeur now available online

FreshPlaza and Primeur have joined together to publish a 160-page tradeshow magazine for the Fruit Logistica trade show. It is a truly international edition with in-depth articles from the international fresh produce sector. The German-language magazine in print was sent this week in a circulation of more…

Boal group earns ESG global top-50 2023 badge

BOAL Group has earned a Top 50 ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) rating among all companies worldwide. This achievement is a testament to BOAL Group's commitment to sustainability and responsible corporate practices. The ESG rating is determined by an independent third-party organization…

Trays for 14 cm pots added to circular returns system

TrayC now available in Italy

Modiform and Landgard are taking action to encourage the recycling of transport trays. TrayC enables growers to supply their products in trays made of uniform polystyrene (PS) material, making recycling a lot easier. Two models, the 6-hole and 8-hole tray for the 14 cm pots (the most commonly used in Italy), have now been added…

Birchmeier’s AS 1200 spray blower now also features the CAS battery pack

Air-assisted spraying technology for improved horticultural pest control

The AS 1200 battery-powered spray blower has proven extremely popular on the market and earned Birchmeier Sprühtechnik AG several awards for its innovative design. Thanks to a recent development, the spray blower is now powered by two CAS (Cordless Alliance System) 18-volt battery packs attached side by…

Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility and Buitendijk Slaman are joining forces

Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility and Buitendijk Slaman will be merging to form one leading brand in the market. The merger will bring together the strengths of both companies to create a stronger and more competitive entity in the industry. Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility and Buitendijk Slaman will be working more…

Svensson & Agculture enter global partnership

To support the horticulture sector in solving climate, light, and energy control challenges, Svensson and Agculture have formed a global partnership. With this collaboration, both companies aim to serve the market with their expertise and premium quality solutions. Furthermore, the partners aim to…

Research greenhouses of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin equipped with LEDs

In December 2022, the Research, Implementation, and Teaching Center for Innovative Technologies in Horticulture of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin was put into operation. The facility allows for precise control of plant growth and development conditions, e.g., automatic control of temperature,…

Gebr. Meier Gemüsekulturen AG

Switzerland: Gebr. Meier AG greenhouses recently equipped with innovative heat pump

"We are now heating our greenhouses fossil fuel free"

Gebr. Meier AG is one of the largest vegetable producers in the canton of Zurich, with approximately 10ha of greenhouse space. The new heat pump has been in operation since November 2022. "Since then, we have been heating the greenhouses without fossil fuels," Fritz Meier tells BauernZeitung. The heat…

Johnny's Selected Seeds celebrates 50th anniversary

For 50 years, Johnny's Selected Seeds has been dedicated to helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing quality seeds, tools, information, and…

Rovensa completes the acquisition of MIP Agro

Rovensa has completed the acquisition of MIP Agro, a leading player in biocontrol and biostimulants in Chile. Based in Requínoa, MIP Agro has been Rovensa’s commercial partner in Chile since 2004 as well as the first mover in the promotion of solutions for sustainable agriculture in the region. As of…

Denkers Air B.V. takes to the sky

Denkers B.V. specializes in all forms of transport. Although the company initially focused on overseas shipping, demand for air freight from its current customer base has soared, and the company is now setting up a separate department to handle all customer requests in this area. From 1 February 2023,…

Jose Antonio Marquez, CEO of Pickpick:

“Harvesting gloves represent an evolution in the collection of berries and other small fruits”

The lack of skilled workers is one of the most strategic challenges facing agriculture, especially in those products for which there is no automated harvesting and that are highly dependent on skilled labor, including berries and other small fruits. In the case of blueberries alone, according to Faostat…

Nathaniel Morse

Fine Americas adds Northeast sales manager

Fine Americas is pleased to announced Nathaniel Morse as sales manager serving customers across the northeastern United States and Canada. “With his extensive crop and agronomic experience, Nathaniel speaks growers’ and farmers’ languages,” says Greg Johnson, President of Fine Americas, Inc. “We’re excited…

California rains highlight inability to capture enough rainwater

It’s been said that California doesn’t have a water issue but rather a water storage issue. Following recent record rains and even flooding in the state, where does that leave things? “A lot of water came down in California. There was the ability to catch some of it, but the main problem here continues…

Stronger Together: Stories of resilience from those affected by the 2021 Sumas Prairie floods

Today AgSafe released Stronger Together on their YouTube channel. Stronger Together is a mini-documentary about British Columbia’s Sumas Prairie farmers affected by the…

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US: Sym-Agro, expands availability of ProBlad Verde fungicide nationwide in response to demand

Sym-Agro announced that ProBlad® Verde fungicide will now be available to growers across the U.S. for use on a variety of crops, including stone fruit, caneberries, strawberries, pome fruits, grapes, almonds, leafy greens, herbs, and tomatoes. Previously only available in the western U.S., ProBlad Verde…

Alexandre Picault, Kultive:

“We are confident about the 2023 cucumber campaign”

Many cucumber producers were faced with a lot of uncertainty last year regarding the success of the 2022 season, but cucumbers are gaining in popularity in France. "Cucumber prices had increased by more than 30% at the end of the previous campaign. Thanks to prices that remained high throughout the…

Horticoop Technical Services grows: 'Securing knowledge and reliability is one of our goals'

For Horticoop Technical Services, hiring 15 people with experience in irrigation and electrical engineering last summer was a great opportunity. "Even before those people became available at Codema, the company was already looking to grow," says managing director Tom Zwijsen. "A year and a half ago, we…

Piet van Vugt, Van Vugt Kruiden:

"Last year, we expanded our Dutch greenhouse acreage by 5 hectares"

In the Netherlands, Van Vugt Kruiden bought two nearby greenhouse companies, adding five hectares to its greenhouse acreage. "Expanding our Dutch cultivation is an important focus for us. Everyone claims they grow their own herbs, but we really do," Piet van Vugt proudly states. "We try to grow more and more…

Pure Harvest to build more indoor farms in Saudi Arabia

The National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec) has partnered with Pure Harvest Smart Farms (Pure Harvest) to deliver a large-scale national food security project in the Kingdom, which aims to deliver over 27 hectares of production near term – with prospects for significant future expansions on…

Heritage Farms' new greenhouses enter second season, with new growers?

Anyone who has been following things a little over the past few years knows that a lot of extra greenhouses have been built in the already richly greenhouse-filled land in Canada's Leamington. Heritage Farms, one of the growers in the region, is one of the fast-growing greenhouse vegetable growers. The…

Freshfel Europe exchange on sustainable and reliable logistics infrastructure for fresh produce

Global logistics is expected to turn a corner in 2023 with the increased availability of containers and ships and some easing of the bottlenecks and delays that have been…

Teesside Airport in the UK approved for handling of perishables

Teesside International Airport in the UK has been approved as a Border Control Point (BCP). This means it can handle perishable produce. The airport said it is now in talks…

Fresh produce consumption remains under pressure in Europe

The outlook for consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables remains under pressure in the European Union. These are the conclusions from the latest consumption trends discussed…

Rising temperature complicates the flowering of peppers in Morocco

Several factors are putting Moroccan producers in difficulty, suggesting a likely decline in export volumes of some products, according to Mr. Yassine Tlati of the Moroccan exporter Aitr Zohour. "In peppers, for example, we are facing a fall of blossoms because of the temperature. Volumes could drop by…

Showcasing a flowpacker for increased sustainability

After spending 2022 consolidating its position on both a domestic level and on the foreign markets, GNA is ready to attend Fruit Logistica with some news. "Over time, packaging material has changed, and the market is requesting them to be more sustainable. We, as manufacturers of packaging lines, need to…

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Measuring flesh firmness has never been easier for cherries and blueberries

Cherries and blueberries have become more and more popular over the years, so much so that they have become important for international trade. As they are sold at a significant price/kg for the chain, they need to reach the final market at the right ripeness level to please consumers. For both fruits, the…

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Global Coalition of Fresh Produce calls for urgent policy measure to safeguard produce supply to consumers

The Global Coalition of Fresh Produce today released a report analyzing the current global trading environment for fresh fruits and vegetables. The report argues that fruits and vegetables are a critical element of the shift towards healthy and sustainable diets, as well as an engine of economic growth…

ProCC has become an established name and is now looking beyond

"We are no longer a newcomer by now"

In five years, Dutch company ProCC has grown from a team of 2 to 14 people, from working in a 90 square meters office to 700 square meters and from working in the Netherlands to working in 12 countries with more than 100 affiliated growers. "We are no longer a newcomer by now," says Sadik Usluer.…

Ohio State University opens new research greenhouse

In the fall of 2022, Ohio State University opened a new research greenhouse complex in Columbus, OH, USA. The research center is called the Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex and is part of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The greenhouse is one of the…

Mega merger in Dutch aubergine industry

Aubergine growers De Jong and Gebr. Van Duijn have decided to continue together from January 1, 2023, by merging their companies. They will do so under the name: Van Duijn De Jong Aubergines. From left to right: Rob van Duijn, Pleun van Duijn, Hidde van Duijn, Luuk van Duijn, Peter de Jong, Tom de Jong,…

Pure Flavor brings on industry veteran Joe Sbrocchi

With significant growth and expansion at the forefront of the company’s strategic plan, Pure Flavor® is pleased to announce the addition of produce industry veteran Joe Sbrocchi to the company’s leadership team as senior vice president of business development & strategy. Sbrocchi brings a history of…

For the first time, Plus Berries is introducing organic strawberries and residue-free avocados

"Strawberry demand now exceeds the supply and prices continue to rise"

Huelva's strawberry campaign has taken a big turn in just a few days, in which the demand has awakened across Europe while there is still a limited supply. "We started the year with stagnant sales since the high temperatures recorded until recently, improper for winter, accelerated the production process…

Snijpunt in the Netherlands:

Exploring new products: cucumber and zucchini halved and cleaned of seeds

Having introduced vegetable sticks earlier this year, Snijpunt in the Netherlands is now exploring the following new products: cucumber and zucchini halved and cleaned of seeds.  According to Mark van der Salm, Managing Director of Snijpunt, the cleaned halved cucumber can be cut into wedges quickly and easily. "It…

Aardwarmte Vogelaer involves local residents in drilling plans

On January 18, Aardwarmte Vogelaer organized an environmental consultation for local residents. The geothermal heat project in Poeldijk wants to expand with a second geothermal plant to provide 16 more greenhouse growers with geothermal heat. Around 20 interested parties were given an explanation of the…

"With the Limvalnera strawberry, we can supply retail programs from October to June"

High temperatures in autumn set the pace for the start of the strawberry season in Huelva and delayed the planting phase until almost the end of November. Every year, the weather conditions are one of the most important factors faced by Huelva growers, so choosing the right variety that combines climate…

KM Packaging is officially established in Australia

Global flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging is pleased to announce the establishment of our official business entity in Australia. In an important…

Loli Garcia, Grufesa's Sales Director:

"We are entering the Valentine's Day campaign with good demand for strawberries and rising prices"

The drop in temperatures starting the second week of January reduced the supply of strawberries in Huelva, increasing prices, which continue on an upward trend. Loli Garcia, Grufesa's Sales Director. "European markets are relatively empty of strawberries, and it seems that this will continue to be the…

Israeli agrotech startup pulls in $6m for cow-free milk and cheese made from lettuce

Israeli startup Pigmentum is jumping into the no-cow milk space, saying its gene-modified plant-based technology is able to create milk proteins from lettuce that are just like the real thing and can be used to make cheese. Founded in 2018 by Tal Lutzky, who serves as CEO, and Amir Tyroler, who is the…

Dutch company offers first new Ev'ryday cucumbers

In parts of Europe, people can buy the first EV'RYDAY cucumbers starting January 30, again. "After a tumultuous cucumber year, Kompany will again have these fresh Dutch cucumbers from our top growers available daily starting today, "a spokesperson from the Dutch cooperative says. "Kompany thus marks the…

"Ultrapure peroxide leads to lower plant mortality and increased disease control"

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a highly versatile and sustainable molecule. It is widely used in agriculture to treat irrigation water and protect crops. As the H2O2 molecule is essentially water with an extra oxygen atom, there are no dangerous byproducts following use, making it particularly suitable for…

Energy+ Alliance (E+A)

Seven companies unite to help growers beat the energy crisis and boost crop growth

Gas engine specialist LouwSon Energy will launch an exciting new CHP partnership – the Energy+ Alliance (E+A) – at the Dutch trade show HortiContact 2023. Offering whole-of-market engine support, CHP supply, and energy generation solutions, E+A will help growers and greenhouse owners to generate on-site…

With farms in Kuwait and Singapore

Growy acquires assets and team of Kalera International (&ever)

Growy Holdings BV has acquired all of the assets, IP, and the core team of Kalera International, formerly known as &ever. This adds the fully operational automated farm in Kuwait as well as the new farm in Singapore to Growy’s portfolio.  Ard van de Kreeke, Founder and CEO of Growy, says: “The acquisition…

Village Farms raises $25 million

Village Farms, the produce grower that also grows cannabis under the Pure Sunfarms banner, has raised $25 million.  The capital was raised through the sale of shares and warrants with a combined price of $1.35 per share. The proceeds from this offering are intended to be used for working purposes, according to the company press release.…

NL: Future Crops goes bankrupt

On January 24, bankruptcy was declared on Future Crops Cooperative U.A. The Israeli-Dutch vertical farming company is located at the ABC Westland industrial park in Poeldijk. It can be noted that the vertical farming sector is struggling. Several vertical farming companies have announced in the past year that they were either…

Avedon joins Kind Technologies’ growth journey within the horticulture greenhouse market

AgTech Group Kind Technologies attracts growth capital from Avedon Capital Partners. The parties will invest in the future growth of the company and its international expansion within the horticulture greenhouse market. Kind Technologies provides a portfolio of internal logistics, sorting, and packing…

Stolze moves to new shiny headquarter

Stolze has moved to its new headquarters, located at Honderdland 781 in Maasdijk. The construction took 18 months to complete and enables the company to grow further, connect and increase sustainability. The company is proud and excited to provide customers with high-quality products and an excellent…

CAN: Land Betterment acquires 50% ownership in greenhouse operations

Land Betterment Corporation subsidiary, Betterment Harvest, has successfully closed on 50% ownership interests in two world-class operational greenhouse companies, JC Fresh Farms Ltd. (“JC Fresh”) and Orangeline Farms Ltd. (“Orangeline”), anchored by 65 acres of state-of-the-art, controlled environment…

Investigating the right plant spectrum on Chinese medicinal crops

"A vertical farm is one of the most dynamic and potential fields in absorbing and applying high-tech achievements in the process of agricultural production and represents the development direction of future agriculture," explained the person in charge of Ledestar. For a long time, Ledestar has been focusing…

Cascades launches new eco-friendly packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables

Cascades has announced the launch of a new closed basket made of recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard for the produce sector. An alternative to food packaging that is difficult to recycle, this new product is the latest addition to Cascades' line of eco-friendly packaging. Designed using…

Farm Credit Canada is the lead investor in the Global Pioneer Fund

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been announced as the lead investor of SVG Ventures| THRIVE's third fund, the SVG Ventures Pioneer Fund (Pioneer Fund). FCC is a federal Crown…

Dari Ecomeccanica is attending Fruit Logistica for the first time

Italian vegetable harvesters are partnering with the Netherlands

Dari Ecomeccanica is a young and dynamic Italian company that stays abreast of innovation and makes important changes in the field of agricultural mechanics. The company specializes in the production of advanced and environmentally friendly harvesters for vegetables and baby leaf. It will attend Fruit…

GreenOnyx

Israeli startup growing ready-to-eat duckweed-based green for daily intake

GreenOnyx has developed a sterile, fully autonomous modular tech farm to grow fresh ready-to-eat duckweed-based green superfood for daily intake. An Israeli agritech startup that set out on a mission to make highly nutritious superfoods as accessible to the masses as Diet Coke recently revealed what it…

To deliver 18,000 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to Delhaize each year

Bakker Belgium introduces first e-truck in Belgium

Bakker Belgium, a Greenyard company, introduces the first e-truck (in Belgium) to deliver 18,000 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to Delhaize each year. Today is the first time that an e-truck will transport fresh fruit and vegetables from Bakker Belgium, a Greenyard company, to Delhaize. The new Volvo…

Mivena showcases new tech at IPM, appoints new international sales manager

Big changes at Mivena, as the Mivena CRF brands, will be based on a renewed low-start and high-end release technology. On top of that, Sjoerd van Gestel has joined the company as an international sales manager.  "With this new generation of CRF technology come many advantages," says the Mivena team. "It has a…

Koppert acquires Scandinavian company Lindesro

Koppert has acquired the Scandinavian company Lindesro. Lindesro has been Koppert's Scandinavian distributor since 2007. The deal was signed at Koppert headquarters in the Netherlands recently. "The acquisition of Lindesro will bring us closer to the Scandinavian market. Soon we will be able to further…

70 years of Ridder: "In fact, we still apply the same vision as my grandfather"

Ridder was recently featured in the Dutch newspaper, the Volkskrant. The company is celebrating its foundation in 1953. Among other things, the newspaper talks about energy developments (for which the company offers screens, for instance), chips, and supply to China, and the role of Brigitte Nugteren,…

Fresh produce chain hit by Lakeside Produce’s bankruptcy

The bankruptcy of Lakeside Produce will affect the complete North American fresh produce industry, as many of the 300 creditors are from the fresh produce chain. The company…

Dutch greenhouses make place for houses

Vollebregt-Barten has taken the initiative in Kwintsheul for the transformation of 'De Driesprong' from glasshouse horticulture to housing development. This area of about 7 hectares under the name Heulpark is now being developed into a residential area by Westland developers van Mierlo and Weboma. There…

Eureka Sunrise wins superior taste award for BerryWorld

BerryWorld is excited to announce that the blueberry variety Eureka Sunrise from the Mountain Blue breeding program has been granted a Superior Taste Award by the International Taste Institute.  Eureka Sunrise blueberries, exclusively grown by BerryWorld's leading growers across Europe and Africa, received a…

Paper bag for naturally moist soil

The specialization of Erdenwerk Kleeschulte in peat-free and peat-reduced soils and substrates is a business out of sustainable conviction. The tireless search for an environmentally friendly packaging solution is only logical. After intensive joint research with dy-pack Verpackungen GmbH from…

Japanese plant-based ingredients startup gets investments

Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins, is pleased to announce its investment in DAIZ Inc., a Japanese food tech startup that has developed breakthrough technology utilizing germination of plant seeds combined with an extrusion process to enhance texture,…

New Finnish website launched to link global fresh produce buyers

A new web-based trade portal called Claridock, launched by a Finnish entrepreneur, aims to link global fruit suppliers and buyers. Slobodan Stanić says he launched the web platform as a global trade database that will be turned into a marketplace to improve the supply chain. Slobodan Stanić, founder of…

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Church collaborates with Muslim Aid to build 2,720 greenhouses in Bosnia

What started as a donation of 20 greenhouses in 2014 has grown into a much larger collaboration between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Muslim Aid. To date, about 2,720 greenhouses have been donated to families in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the start of the 21st century, up to 31%…

Kevin van Berlo to Mexico for BVB and love

Kevin van Berlo is from Meterik originally, but the 30-year-old Limburger now lives in Querétaro in Mexico. HALLO Horst aan de Maas tracked him down and asked how he ended up in Mexico. The answer to that question is hidden in an unusual place: the sauna. That needs some explanation, which Kevin provides…

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Sponsored project by Bunzl Canada

CAN (AB): Solar-powered greenhouse project introduced

Bunzl Canada is proud to announce its sponsorship of a community-scale, solar-powered greenhouse at the Alberta Avenue Community League (AACL) in Edmonton.  "We are very excited to partner with Exceed Solar and the AACL on this innovative project," said Margo Hunnisett, Bunzl Canada's Vice President of Marketing…

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Authorities uncover a 2.5 million euro Social Security fraud in Almeria's greenhouse construction sector

Recently, the National Police announced that, in collaboration with the General Treasury of Social Security, it had uncovered a 2,477,750 euro fraud to Social Security in the greenhouse construction sector in the town of Roquetas de Mar, Almeria. "Eleven people have been arrested for their alleged…

Dr Jack Mooney, CEO of Provenance Propagation

AU: “Best practice hygiene protocols as well as pest and disease mitigation are at the forefront of our facility design”

Western Sydney University has taken receipt of advanced grafted eggplants from NSW mid-north coast propagator, Provenance Propagation. Provenance is currently finishing construction of its high-tech propagation facility in Well Crossing, NSW. Built by APEX Greenhouses, the facility boasts targeted…

Yvan Hamel joins Sollum as Chief Product Officer

Yvan Hamel has been appointed Chief Product Officer at Sollum Technologies. Yvan Hamel will focus on elevating Sollum's catalog of dynamic LED grow lights to the next level as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Product Officer (CPO). With 34 years of industry experience, Mr. Hamel has developed…

AgriFORCE to acquire international berry business

AgriFORCE Growing Systems entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire US berry shipper Berry People LLC, 'a berry business with an increasingly international footprint and a scalable platform model'. In collaboration with AgriFORCE, Berry People aims to further develop backward integration into…

Partnership to expand TAPKIT's market presence

Green Technology Global has announced a joint venture with Teshuva Agricultural Project (Israel) to expand the market presence for the TAPKIT Hydroponic Kit for organic leafy greens. TAP has over 23 years of experience in developing a complete system that includes the greenhouse customized structure,…

Vijay Rapaka promoted to Global grower operations and research

OASIS® Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis, is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Vijay Rapaka to Director of Global Grower Operations & Research.  “The last few months have been very exciting for our Grower group,” states VP of FloraLife® & Grower Global Operations and Corporate Research, Jim…

World Horti Center opened in South Korea

On 18 January this year, World Horti Center Office Korea was opened in Sangju. This office is part of Kyungpook National University. A short distance from here is the SmartFarm Innovation Valley (SFIV), where students are trained to become entrepreneurs of the future in horticulture. Among those present…

Jim Collins joins Vestaron Board of Directors

James C. Collins Jr., the former CEO of Corteva, has joined the Vestaron Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee. Collins brings to Vestaron more than 30 years…

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US (GA): Tecogen to launch smart hybrid-drive air-cooled chiller at AHR 2023

Tecogen has launched its smart Tecochill hybrid-drive air-cooled chiller at AHR 2023, the largest HVAC tradeshow in North America. The hybrid-drive chiller seamlessly combines two power sources, economical natural gas, and electric power, from the grid, offering customers up to 50% lower operating costs…

UK: Hutton awarded £1m from the Wolfson Foundation to support Phenotyping Centre

The James Hutton Institute has been awarded £1 million by the Wolfson Foundation for equipment to support a new Molecular Phenotyping Centre. The Foundation is an independent…

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US (AK): Greenhouse at King Tech High collapses due to heavy snow load

King Tech High School in Anchorage is still feeling the effects of a major storm that happened in December. Principal Dr. Kern McGinley said the school’s greenhouse collapsed under the weight of heavy snow at 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 15 following two substantial snowstorms. “I was really shocked but not…

Win a bike at the Horconex booth at Fruit Logistica

Horconex Horticultural Projects will once again be present at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. This year the greenhouse builders can be found in Hall 3.1 | B.37 in a new booth. Representatives Markus, Albert, Nicolas, and Vincent are happy to meet visitors to exchange knowledge and inform visitors about the…

CleanGreens Solutions and Midiflore partner to bring sustainable aeroponic herbs production in new greenhouse project

CleanGreens Solutions SA and Midiflore have signed a contract for the installation of a 3,500 square meter aeroponic project using CleanGreens' GREENOVA system. The project, set to begin at the end of the year, will allow Midiflore to produce aromatic herbs locally and reduce imports. GREENOVA system…

"Large introductions of ToBRFV-resistant varieties"

The tomato world has been plagued by ToBRFV for several years at this point, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, Delphy's Joop Verhoeven assures us. The Senior…

“Every % better sowing is a % more profit”

"Every % better sowing is a % more profit." This statement was made by one of the customers of Flier Systems. Ad Kranendonk, Flier Systems: "It shows the importance of good sowing. There is a proven relationship between a high-quality young plant and a higher yield. Therefore, efficiency and quality…

Online buying and selling of fresh produce aims to reduce food waste

"Consentio's mission is to sharpen communication and transparency between producers, wholesalers, and supermarkets to optimize every business transaction and to diminish…

Joris Combe, Mathilde Paignat, Earth Market:

“We have great ambitions for our new Marvella strawberries”

Earth Market, a key player in the distribution of red fruits in France, participated in SIVAL for the first time this year. For the occasion, the company decided to showcase its first strawberry innovation obtained from Marionnet Lavel. This new Marvella variety is a strawberry developed to seduce the…

US (NY): Bowery Farming hires Glenn Wells as SVP of Sales

Bowery Farming today announces the continued expansion of its leadership team with the hiring of Glenn Wells as Senior Vice President of Sales. Wells, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, brings extensive produce industry experience in start-up revenue generation, strategic account growth, go-to-market sales…

US: Rolling out revenue-based disaster and pandemic assistance programs

Starting January 23, agricultural producers can begin to apply for two new important programs for revenue losses from 2020 and 2021 natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic.…

US (CT): Agriculture representative Ben Soistman added to BioSafe Systems team

Benjamin Soistman is the new Agricultural Representative who lives and works out of North Carolina and joined the Technical Sales team at the beginning of 2023. He will be…

Sorma Group at Fruit Logistica 2023

New product for cluster tomatoes and weighing machine

Fruit Logistica will soon be here, and Sorma Group is ready to take part in the fruit and vegetable sector’s biggest international show with a new product for cluster tomatoes…

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US (AZ): Fire destroys aquaponics greenhouse, about 200 fish died

Josh Wilson of Scenic, Arizona, considers himself blessed after a fire broke out in his RV, destroying the RV and greenhouse but not his residential house Friday afternoon. A fire killed about 200 fish on Friday in Scenic, Ariz, Jan. 20, 2023 “It’s a blessing,” Wilson said in a phone interview with St.…

Canada: The importance of educating kids on indoor ag

"Most people don't know much about vertical farming, which can lead to a lack of understanding of the benefits and risks associated with vertical farms and therefore causes resistance to adoption. Education is essential in order for Little Greenhouse That Could to be successful in creating its vision,"…

Maraldi Sementi acquires spinach breeding Company Deseed Denmark

Today Maraldi Sementi has finalized the acquisition of DeSeed Denmark A/S. DeSeed, founded in 2017, is 100% focused on breeding baby leaf and fresh market spinach for the world market. This acquisition will strengthen the growth of Maraldi Sementi, complete its baby leaf portfolio and expand in new…

Peter du Crocq and Jeffrey Daalhuizen, VanDerEng

"Green Core reduces use of virgin plastic by more than half"

This coming IPM, VanDerEng plans to introduce its new products internationally. Under the brand name Green Core, the company is presenting a series of new plug and slot labels consisting of a core of recycled material enclosed in an outer layer of virgin plastic. The result is a considerably lower…

Tomato analyzer software reveals phenotypic diversity in New Mexican chile peppers

New Mexico is one of the largest producers of chile pepper (Capsicum spp.) in the United States, with 51,000 tons of production in 2021 from an area of 8500 acres with average productivity of 6 tons/acres according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service. The average…

Lab Associates present at IPM Essen

“Automating lab processes ensures higher efficiency and quality”

Lab Associates is a global supplier for plant science laboratories and plant-based industries. The company prides themselves on their service, and with over 35 years of experience and a network of specialized partners and experts in the field, they have an extended knowledge base that they use to find…

BioVerbeek starts Work & Grow program

"We encourage young adults to step into the greenhouse and dive into the deep end"

Lowie Verbeek wants to be an entrepreneur, work with people, and invent new things. He does exactly those three things at BioVerbeek with the Work & Grow pathway he and the company set up themselves. The Limburg organic farmer offers young adults the chance to find out whether and how they would like to…

Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries:

“Expecting strong demand for our Mexican berries during Feb-April with limited competition”

The stellar growth of FD Berries in Mexico is continuing with expansion plans to reach just over 750 acres (303 hectares) by March, while they are preparing the ground in Sebring, Florida, in the US, for 100 acres (40 hectares) of blueberries. Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries, says their intention was…

New Kenyan vacuum cooling service to improve vegetable and herb exports

Kenya eyes a bigger fresh produce export market with the newly inaugurated vacuum cooling service at the Mitchell Cotts Air Cargo Terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. The cooling service is expected to assist Kenya's exporters in maintaining the quality, freshness, and…

Fruits Ràfols' strawberry obtained the highest score in a blind tasting

Fragaria was awarded the Flavor of the Year award for the third consecutive year

The Fragaria strawberry from Fruits Ràfols has been awarded the 2023 Flavor of the Year award. This is the third consecutive year that it received this distinction given by…

Jennifer Holland joins the Aris sales team as the Eastern Territory Sales Representative

Jennifer Holland has joined the Aris sales team as the Eastern Territory Sales Representative and will be responsible for primarily serving East Coast customers. She will be representing Green Leaf Plants and Keepsake Plants, including finished products from the Keepsake Plants Canada division. Jennifer…


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